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The Wild Side

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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 Charlotte Allen

The Wild Side is where nature and free spirit of childhood co-exist.

A wild patch of land can become transformed in the imagination of a child. It can be where adventures unfold, stories are written and a place where friends can meet and play and where memories of the carefree days of childhood are made.

Charlotte’s design aims to recapture her own childhood years in the 70’s and 80’s and is based on a patch of disused land on the other side of her garden fence that she and her friends claimed as their own space.  It was a place where they built dens, played games and just hung out. She will attempt to reflect the wild and magical feeling of their ‘secret garden’ as it was known and the sense of total freedom that it allowed them.

Plants will be used to evoke a sense of nature being left to its own devices and references to childhood will be visible throughout the garden. The design aims to capture a moment in time as if just recently vacated by the playing children.

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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