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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 Joanna Wall

Joanna designed her planting border in accordance with who she is, what she believes in and who she becomes when designing. Joanna believes every creation, however small and seemingly insignificant, needs its own story and narrative to become meaningful and alive. It is her own space, in her own brain that allows her to create the way she does and try to merge, all at once: creative, imaginative, intuitive, emotional thinking; but at the same time being: logical, practical and reasonable. Her border represents her brain while designing, where both right and left sides meet, without competing, in a seamless joining of logic and emotion. To represent this,  Joanna has split her border into the following:

1.Left side – representing our left side of the brain: our reasonable, logical and controlled part, that allows us to function in the real world. Joanna uses structural planting, grouped in blocks of the same species, and carefully arranged, to represent it.

2.Right side – representing our right side of the brain: artistic, emotional and imaginary, open to ideas and possibilities, free-spirited side - which does not like to be confined to conformity. She represents this with loose and more natural looking plants, in a more relaxed fashion

3.There is a middle zone, where both sides meet and overlap, where Joanna's artistic and imaginative design becomes ordered and her design becomes more balanced.

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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