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The Beautiful Borders, sponsored by The Willow Wand, is 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 2019 theme “Our Space” challenges designers to be adventurous and creative with a bijou spot, giving it a sense of purpose and bringing wonder and delight to all. With over twenty-five Borders expected this year, the area will be awash with flair, variety and vibrancy, and of course ideas that can be infused into even the smallest area of the garden.

Designed by Bela Agarwal

This border design is based on the designer's memories of her childhood in India. The border uses a bespoke raised planter for one of the plants (Ocimum tenuiforum). The planter design is based on inspiration drawn from Bela's childhood garden in India. The planter plays an important role in recreating the past and enhancing the traditional look of the garden.

Childhood is a special time, though transient. Fortunately, plants have an exquisite power to recapture the past with their unchanging appearance, smell and aura. Thus, everyone deserves a garden patch, however small, filled with the plants they grew up with, to create a setting that revives their childhood memories, share it with the next generation and establish an emotional link with the nature. Finally, considering multi-ethnicity of the UK, the concept can widen country’s biodiversity immensely.  

With thanks to

Marshalls pride themselves as the leading hard landscaping provider for domestic gardens and driveways and are proud to have supplied products to all garden displays at BBC Gardeners’ World Live. Organisers would also like to thank sponsors Rolawn, as the Show Garden designers and contractors are all able to benefit from their Medallion Turf and their safe, consistent, fertile growing media. Plus our partner Hollybush Garden Centre & Nursery will offer exhibitors the opportunity to purchase plants, shrubs, trees and landscape materials from an expert local supplier. 

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