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APL Show Garden competition 2017

aplFollowing the successful launch at BBC Gardeners’ World Live last year, the APL Avenue Competition run in conjunction with The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) will return to BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2017. Read the press release here.

Five leading landscapers join us at BBC Gardeners' World Live in June - each creating an inspiring Show Garden designed for a small front or back garden, on a limited budget. Each company has won its place in 'APL Avenue' with designs that demonstrate gardens which are inspirational, aspirational and achievable.

"The APL Avenue Show Gardens at BBC Gardeners' World Live have a real achievable feel, and will provide great take-home ideas and lots of inspiration. I can’t wait to see them in the flesh" says Gardeners' World presenter and award-winning garden designer Adam Frost.

The five winning landscapers and designers, who will go on to create their Show Gardens at BBC Gardeners' World Live 2017, are:

Pro-Gardens ‘CLIC Sargent’ Garden

Pro-Gardens ‘CLIC Sargent’ Garden

pro gardensContractor: Pro-Gardens Ltd, Oxfordshire

Designed by: Jamie Langlands, Pro-Gardens Ltd

Head Sponsor: CLIC Sargent

Sponsors/Supporters: Pure Folly, Buzz Graphic Design, Abbots Living Wood, Tamsin Abbot ‘Stained Glass Illustrator, Finn Murphy

Supporting Charity: CLIC Sargent who provide specialist support for young cancer patients and their families. A fantastical back garden created for a young family - to inspire imagination, adventures and memories with their children.

The predominant feature within the garden is the magical folly located in the rear left, aimed at capturing the childhood memories of adults whilst creating new ones for children. A small enclosed patio and seating area is well hidden behind a curved Carpinus hedge - the perfect place for a quiet moment of reflection or a relaxing drink. An old path lined with fragrant lavender meanders towards the folly, passing colourful herbaceous planting and characterful trees.

The Artemis Landscapes ‘Living in Sync’ Garden

The Artemis Landscapes ‘Living in Sync’ Garden

artemisvivContractor: Artemis Landscapes, Kent

Designed by: Viv Seccombe, Outside

Supporters: Barcham, London Stone, Neal’s Yard, Travis Perkins, Wonderful Wildlife

Supporting Charities: Friends of the Earth, Pericles

A front garden designed for a professional, urban couple taking inspiration from their keen interest in biodiversity, combined with their community spirit to transform the space from tarmac into an inspiring paradise for wildlife, with year-round plant interest and alluring details.

To combine stimulation and practicality, features of the garden include wildlife-friendly planting, sculptural bug towers, functional bin and bicycle storage made from sustainable wood and recycled paving. The main feature tree (Crab Apple) is wildlife friendly and the wide plant borders are surrounded by embedded recycled bottles which give flashes of jewelled colour in the sunlight.

The Lanwarne Landscapes ‘Contemporary Bee and Butterfly’ Garden

The Lanwarne Landscapes ‘Contemporary Bee and Butterfly’ Garden


Contractor: Lanwarne Landscapes

Designed by: Martin Lines, Lanwarne Landscapes

Head Sponsors: IntoUniversityBig City Bright Future Programme, Black Rock

Supporters: London Stone, Writtle University College, The Lapa Company (Fire Magic), Aylett Nurseries, The Garden Trellis Company, Urban Planters, Ternex, Deamer, DB Renovations, Japan Garden

A back garden designed for a couple in their early thirties to complement their modern refurbished house and offer a private space for them to relax in after long hours in the city.

The garden includes an outdoor kitchen and fire pit created from granite and stainless steel to give a clean contemporary edge which is balanced by bee and butterfly friendly planting along with pebble fountains to allow insects to drink safely. Low level planting in pink, blue and white colours are complemented by the fencing and pergola and create the illusion of added space.

Martin Lines of Lanwarne Landscapes was the winner of BBC Gardeners’ World Live’s Beautiful Border competition 2016, is now progressing to be one of the APL Avenue designers in 2017. James says “We loved being part of the BBC Gardeners World Live show last year and to come back this year with a show garden is a major step forward for us. The competition allows us to show case our high level of workmanship. It represents high quality landscaping and design which is our passion and what we are all about.”

Living Gardens 'It’s Not Just About The Beard…' Garden

Living Gardens 'It’s Not Just About The Beard…' Garden

living gardensContractor: Living Gardens, Lancashire

Designed by: Peter Cowell & Monty Richardson, Living Gardens

Sponsors: Helm-X, Ambient Lounge, Cult Furniture, SG Baker, The Distillery, Jerky Pan BBQ Co., MKM Creations, North Hire & Sales, Northwest Timber

A hipster back garden created for a couple who live on the fringes of a city society. With no plans to settle down with children they’re looking to change their current concrete yard into an oasis of urban greenery, inspired by the industrial theme local bars and clubs.

The main feature is a floating lounging platform with a bespoke steel wood burner and beanbags, creating space to entertain, party and relax. An outdoor bar made from reclaimed materials, along with place to grow fruit and veg, creates a quirky functional area. The industrial theme is surrounded by rich green foliage with splashes of colour and trees for privacy.

Big Fish Landscapes Garden

Big Fish Landscapes Garden

big fishcherry carmenContractor: Big Fish Landscapes, Herefordshire

Designed by: Cherry Carmen, Cherry Carmen Garden Design

Sponsors: Wetland Plants, W.L. West & Sons

A back garden designed for a middle-aged couple looking to upgrade their garden to match their renovated house. They are enthusiastic nature and art lovers and would like a space that looks like art through their glass sliding doors.

The innovative decking area converts into lounge chairs, a perfect viewing platform. A moss graffiti wall is a natural and wildlife friendly way to introduce art into the garden and to spruce up a plain wall. While architectural log piles attract mammals, bees and insects and a large tree and pergola create a bird friendly canopy and privacy.

With thanks to:

Marshalls for supplying hard landscaping products.

Veolia for supplying Pro-Grow Soil Conditioner.


Show Garden designs subject to change.

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