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Our School Space

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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 Kate Suttle, artist's impression Catherine Warburton

The idea for this came when Kate's brother David, a teaching assistant, asked her for advice on gardening projects for his class. She wanted something that is viable in a small space and affordable (but that could be also scaled up) with vegetables and flowers which are easy to grow, tasty and fun. It is colourful; brightening areas both literally and metaphorically, with a focus on recycling, reusing, sustainability and being wildlife-friendly. Accessibility and scent are also important. Some ideas can easily be replicated (on windowsills for example) at home. As well as introducing classes to gardening, this space is for everyone in the school to enjoy.

The garden contains (from left-right): cherry tomatoes and broad beans growing up canes, 2 x second-hand tables (plus 4 second-hand chairs) with re-used wine crates containing a herb box, a veg box, a fruit/flower box and a flower box, a ‘greenhouse’ made from a plastic storage box for raising more tender plants, a compost bin, a re-purposed ladder used for holding herbs grown in recycled milk cartons and a stack of recycled flower pots for use in future projects. Re-purposed wellingtons are used throughout the garden for growing flowers and bark chips are used for ‘flooring’. Tools and gloves are stored in a second plastic box under the ‘greenhouse.


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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