This year, BBC Gardeners' World Live is coming to you online with a taster of summer garden inspiration from the Show:
- Monty Don interview * EXCLUSIVE *
- Adam Frost in conversation * EXCLUSIVE *
- Shop with our exhibitors
- Golden Rules of Gardening, from our Floral exhibitors
- Plant Experts' tips
- Family gardening with Roots to Fruit
- Explore our themes: Wellbeing, Houseplants and Sustainability
- Toby Buckland interview
- The APL and Prof. David Stevens, in conversation
- Show Gardens and Beautiful Borders inspiration
- GYO tips from the National Allotment Society
- BBC Good Food Show Summer recipes and how-tos
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Celebrating the nation's gardeners
Viewers garden videos
During these challenging times the Gardeners’ World Team have reached out to you, the viewers, to find out what you are doing to keep yourself and family busy in the garden; and what you are growing on your balcony or window sill. We weren privileged to be able to re-show nine of these clips here until Monday 22 June.
Why not have a go yourself, find out her to send your own clip to the team >
Celebrating our exhibitors
Shopping at BBC Gardeners' World Live is an out-of-this-world experience with over 100 places to buy plants and even more places to shop for garden kit and accessories. We are devastated that you won't be able to browse and buy from the Show this year. However, most of our exhibitors have mailorder shops online, where you can also find practical tips and advice, just like you would at the Show.
Golden Rules of Gardening
The exhibitors in the Floral Marquee and Plant Village have unparalleled knowledge about their specialist plant ranges, from Air plants to Zantedeschias. Sharing their growing and aftercare tips with Show visitors is an integral part of the experience. Despite no show this year, you can still access the words of wisdom from the bitesize Golden Rules of Gardening clips, filmed by the BBC Gardeners' World Magazine team at the Show over the years.
Celebrating the Show features
Clips of tips
At BBC Gardeners' World Live, we pride ourselves on the variety of live stages, demo areas and features where visitors can drop in for inspiration, to learn practical tips and pick up new skills. Here's a selection of videos from some of our content partners that you would have seen at the Show this year, and who'll be joining us again in 2021.
Your questions answered
Saul Walker is a Plant Expert at BBC Gardeners' World Live. Alongside Lucy Chamberlain, Saul is on hand in the Floral Marquee to answer gardening questions. Both Saul and Lucy will return to the Show in 2021 - no query is too big, no problem is too small!
Even though you can't come to the Show this year, Saul is here to help. He has recorded the answers to the most common gardening queries that he and Lucy get asked.
The Plant Experts, Lucy Chamberlain's summer tips
Lucy Chamberlain is a Plant Expert at BBC Gardeners' World Live. You may have seen Lucy at the Advice Desk in the Floral Marquee helping visitors with gardening queries.
In this video clip, Lucy demonstrates a variety of techniques and tips for your summer gardening including staking tomatoes and a canny way to water courgettes.
Drystone walling tutorial
Mike Baldwin is the Learning Director at Derby College. Each year, overseen by Mike, the horticulture students work together to deliver a garden at BBC Gardeners' World Live, including the dramatic Revelation garden in 2019 and the Narnia Beautiful Border in 2017 which was awarded 'Best Interpretation of a Theme'.
In this practical tutorial, Mike shares how to create your very own drystone wall.
How tall is that tree?
Inspiring children and families to get outside into the garden and the great outdoors is what Roots to Fruit do best. Before heading out on a family walk, watch this video for some activities that will engage the kids all the way.
Midlands-based social enterprise, Roots to Fruit, have taken part at BBC Gardeners' World Live for several years and we're thrilled that they'll be bringing their energy and expertise to the show in 2021, heading up the Family Gardening activities.
What if plants decided to bite back?
In this informative and entertaining video, Roots to Fruit, share fascinating facts about carnivorous plants including Pitcher plants, Venus flytrap and Nepenthes.
Roots to Fruit inspire school children around the Midlands to get gardening. Their 'School's Out for Summer' Beautiful Border in 2019 won a Platinum award and Best Interpretation of a Theme. We look forward to welcoming them back in 2021. 'School's Out For Summer' photo gallery >
Celebrating our themes
Each year, we weave a variety of topical themes through our features, Show Gardens and Beautiful Borders. This year would have seen a focus on houseplants, wellbeing and sustainability, which will all now take lead at the rescheduled event in 2021. You can still immerse yourself in the topics with ideas, easy-to-follow projects, practical videos and problem-solving advice from the Gardeners' World team.
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Celebrating the gardens
The Navigator Garden, by Toby Buckland
Toby Buckland returns to BBC Gardeners' World Live in 2021 with 'The Navigator Garden', thirteen years after his Gold Award-winning 'Ethical Garden' in 2008.
We asked him a few questions, to delve a little deeper into his design for the Show's headline garden, the take-home tips and what we can look forward to from the garden when he brings it to life in 2021.
Click below to read the full interview.
The interview: Toby Buckland on 'The Navigator Garden' (click to read)
Your Show Garden, 'The Navigator Garden' was originally planned for the 2020 Show.
It’s very sad that BBC Gardeners’ World Live has been postponed but it’s the right decision. And I’m taking heart that it’s more of a ‘see you later’ than a goodbye, as I’ll still be bringing my Navigator Garden to life, at the show in June 2021. When this extraordinary crisis and difficult time comes to an end, we’ll reflect on what we value most. That’s when practical ideas to garden in tandem with Nature and awareness of our impact on the environment will be more important than ever. I look forward to seeing you all in June 2021.
We’re very excited that you'll create your Show Garden at BBC GWL in 2021. Can you give us a sneak preview of what the garden will be about?
My Navigators Garden has an environmental message and a seaside vibe with a shed crafted from an up-cycled boat and a deck of reclaimed plastic. Maritime salvage is beached-up amongst wildflowers and salt-tolerant exotics while overhead the coastal canopy of willow and birch is shaped into sculptures by the prevailing wind.
Our coasts aren’t simply a line that separates the land from the sea. They are a barometer of environmental health and the borders where wildflowers and exotics rub shoulders offer a safe harbour for wildlife.
It’s over 10 years ago since your last Show Garden at BBC GWL, when you did an ethical garden – how would you say that the sustainability situation has changed in our gardens? What has moved on, become urgent, or emerged since then?
More gardeners than ever want to unlock the potential of their plots either as places to grow food, protect wildlife or even produce energy. Ten years ago, being in touch with Nature was a growing trend now there’s a greater emphasis on custodianship – both of what we own and what’s beyond the garden fence.
It’s fascinating to hear that your design suggests ways that we can make practical changes in our gardens, to make them adaptable to a changing climate – a sort of future-proofing! Can you share a couple of tips for our readers?
High winds and extreme weather have become the ‘new normal’ and so screens and plants that protect crops and flowers are ever more important. That’s where shelterbelts come in and although usually planted with trees but in small spaces hedges of ornamental grass work brilliantly. Also, where ground is wet the old Victorian trick of mounding earth into free-draining south-facing slopes - basically angled raised beds not only makes the most of the sunshine but mitigates the effects of heavy rainfall.
Which plants do you consider will be the stalwarts of the future, that will thrive in our gardens whatever the weather?
A warming climate means that more Australasian and South African flowers will thrive just as they do now in the Isles of Scilly now, where Grevillia and agapanthus happily self-sow. But it’s not what we grow but how we grow it that will also change and as the weather becomes ever-more precocious, coastal-garden techniques such as ‘nurse crops’ temporary plants used to provide shelter and lock the soil together become the norm.
What take-home ideas do you hope that more urban gardeners will be able to glean from this coastal Show Garden design?
Good gardening is about understanding the environment and creativity and a little of the latter goes a long way. Combine upcycled old with new technology and your garden will offer food for the eye and the table without costing the earth.
Coastal gardening is clearly close to your heart – tell us more!
I love the energy of the sea and its ever-changing nature. While the weather can be cruel the sea can also be kind, both in terms of the salvage it offers up and its positive effect on the climate. Even on the coldest day the gardens near the coast are warmer than those inland plus the mirror-like surface of the sea reflects and abundance of light making it possible to grow a wider range of exotics than anywhere else.
You’ve been at BBC GWL a few times before, with a show garden and also as an expert on stage. What are your favourite elements of the show?
It’s the visitors to the show that make it for me. They’re always up for a laugh and their enthusiasm and love of the event is infectious.
What would you say that visitors should make a beeline for at GWL?
Now you’re asking there’s so much to see and do! I always make for the Floral Marquee – it’s such an amazing place packed with plants and temptation.
The APL and David Stevens, in conversation
Phil Tremayne, from The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) talks to award-winning garden designer Professor David Stevens about APL Avenue, plus an insight into the concept design for their 'What Lies Beneath' Show Garden which will appear at BBC GWL 2021.
The APL represents a database of accredited landscapers, a credible source of companies that consumers can engage for landscaping projects.
'The Watchmakers Garden', Alexandra Froggatt
Young Landscapers Award Garden, by David Stevens
'Harborne Botanics', Creative Roots
'A Glimpse of South East Asia', Timotay Landscapes
'Oasis of Peace', Morgan Oates
'Canal & River Trust Garden', Chris Myers
'Garden Getaway', Gadd Brothers
'High Line', DesignIt Landscapes
'A Breath of Fresh Air', Keyscape & Martyn Wilson
'Board Garden', Conquest Creative Spaces
'It's Not Just About The Beard', Living Landscapes
'Tesco Every Little Helps Garden', Owen Morgan
'Living in Sync', Artemis Landscapes
'Made in Birmingham', Paul Stone
'Wyevale Garden Centre Garden', Claudia de Yong
'Here we go Round the Mulberry Bush', Hana Leonard
The Children with Cancer Garden, Ben Stubbs
'Revelation', Derby College
Home Solutions by John Lewis Garden
To inspire your summer gardening, take a moment to relive some of the Show Gardens from BBC Gardeners’ World Live over the years.
The gardens are simply awash with ideas for outdoor living, practical solutions, great design and fantastic planting combinations - packed with elements that you can recreate at home.
Click on an image to find out more about the designer behind the garden.
The Beautiful Borders are unique to BBC Gardeners’ World Live, packed with take-home ideas of how to squeeze the most into your garden, be it growing veg in tight spaces, eye-catching planting or clever use of materials.
The 2021 theme will be Flower Power. Expect the area to be awash with flair, variety and vibrancy, and of course ideas that can be infused into even the smallest area of the garden.
Click on an image to find out more about the designer behind a selection of Platinum and Gold Award-winning Borders.
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In this issue Monty picks his best plants for shade, Alan shares his vegetable growing know-how, Carol shares her must-have plants for high-impact pots and we’ve gardening fun to keep the kids amused. This issue includes Aquilegia seeds and garden gloves.
Celebrating growing your own
We are privileged to welcome the National Allotment Society's Let's Talk Allotments talks area to BBC GWL each year. This year's Show was to be a highlight of their 90th anniversary celebrations so, whilst they can't be with us in person, their West Midlands team presents a collection of their top tips with you here.
And we look forward to welcoming them and their vastly knowledgeable team of volunteers back in 2021, to celebrate their 91st instead!
GYO tips from the National Allotment Society (click to expand)
Tip for tying up runner/climbing beans. Using garden wire, preferably 'coated' wire as you may want to keep this for another year and 'coated' will not rust. You need to fix one end of the wire to your first upright then work out the distances between your upright canes. At the first distance allow about two to three inches of extra wire., wrap the wire around a small piece of cane once then twist the wire to make the 'loop' secure. Take out the cane and use it for the next loops. Carry on this way leaving a distance between 'loops' the same spacing that you want the beans to go. Then secure the end of the wire to the last upright.
When this is complete all you need to do is put the top of your cane through the 'loop' and the other end in the ground. We have found that you save time and energy tying the tops of the canes and also they still remain in place when it is windy and they do not slide along the horizontal support. Mary, Binley Woods Allotments
Don't dig trenches for potatoes - just dig a hole to plant the tuber - cuts out a lot of back-breaking work. It works for us! Roger, Ansley Common
Taking over an overgrown allotment in 2005, I tried various green manures to strangle the weeds including field beans. It seemed to work and the beans were edible (sweeter than the normal broad beans). Robert
Using a plastic shopping bag to sow beans. Fill with damp compost and throw in the seed pods, germinates within two/three weeks, put straight into the ground. Rosemary, Binley Woods Allotments
If you don't need large cauliflowers, plant them closer together and they will not grow as big. It works. Works with many other vegetables as well. Colin, Cheslyn Hay Allotments
Save your old loo rolls - start your parsnips in them. But don't wait too long to plant out, a little on top, a lot below. Mick, Ansley Common
Take a few minutes to sit and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of your allotment, Even better with a cup of tea. Jane, Ansley common
Used tea-bags (bio-degradeable ones) in bottom of pots and baskets help retain water. Karin, Ansley Common
Grow runner beans north to south in rows to obtain a better crop. R.E.Preston, Windmill Lane Allotments, Coventry
Cover crops with fleece to advance early crops and protect peas from pea moth, leeks from allium leaf miner and carrots from carrot fly. Do not sow too early. David, Holbrooks
Start parsnip seeds off on damp blotting paper. Jayne
To save French bean seeds for next year and keep them true to type, make sure you leave a minimum of three meters from any other French bean (Only for non-F1 types.) Lea, Wheelwright Lane Allotments
Cut up used slug pellet containers to make plastic labels. Write on with felt tip pen. Peter, Bagington Mill Allotments
Use brightly coloured small pots on the ends of any horizontal canes at head height, like runner bean frames, to avoid eye injury. Judy, Market Bosworth
Tomatoes are greedy feeders - put some vacuum cleaner dust on the soil when the tomatoes are developing. The dust contains lots of minerals and nutrients which help with the flavour. Vanessa, Highland Road, Coventry
Planting brassicas in open -bottomed pots filled with compost protects the plants from 'club root', or so I have been told. Tracey, Ryders Hill Allotment Association
When sowing parsley seed, pour a kettle of hot water over the seeds and then cover thinly with fine soil. It also grows better if you sow it on Good Friday. Anon
Try moon planting. It seems to work. Robert, Marston Lane Allotments
Plant radish with parsnips. Brian, Westwood Heath
Look at you nearest plot holder to see how they grow and what. Ask for advice if new. Brendan, Westwood Heath
To get parsnip seed to germinate place the seed between two sheets of damp kitchen paper, flat in a polythene bag in the airing cupboard. Some will have germinated after one week, after a fortnight you will have sufficient to plant on in pots. When large enough transplant into the ground. First make conical holes in the ground with a metal rod then fill with compost. Place the seeds and some of the pot's compost on the ground, sprinkle with more compost, water, and wait. John, Rigby Lane Allotments, Bromsgrove.
Put an old piece of hessian sacking over the edge of your water bath/tub so that the bees and insects can get out! Julie, Binley Woods
Celebrating the BBC Good Food Show
Grow and Eat
The BBC Good Food Show Summer takes place alongside BBC Gardeners' World Live, packed with ideas for summer cooking and top chefs whipping up inspiring seasonal recipes. Here's a taste of what the BBC Good Food Magazine team might have created live on their stage at the Show.
Cocktail Hour - Berry Daiquiri
Buttercream Flower Cupcakes
Get in the zone with Liberty as she makes colourful buttercream and moulds them into pretty flowers to be used to ice and decorate perfectly round cupcakes.
How to make burgers - BBC Good Food
Celebrating the rescheduled show in 2021
Save the date, 17 - 20 June 2021
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