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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 

Richard Baldwin, Baldwin’s Gardening Solutions

The border will have distinct planting areas and take people on a Wildlife Gardening journey creating opportunities to engage with the space and feel inspired to implement these ideas at home. The garden will be planned, grown and created by the Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust Community project called Wild at Heart. The project focuses on nature connection and strengthening communities. Our design is based around the existing Wild at Heart Garden in Sheffield which is a core resource for the group and haven for wildlife and local people who also use the space.

The border aims to spark joy and conversations about how people can try out simple wildlife gardening ideas in their own spaces, both for their enjoyment as a beautiful, inspiring space but also for the benefit of the nature providing a variety of habitats to live in, food and water. We use all our senses to connect with nature so it becomes a real, felt experience rather than just learning about facts. The garden will bring lots of opportunities for seeing, touching, tasting, smelling and listening to the wonderful haven for nature we can create in the garden. Planned areas include:
-Herb garden, edible and medicinal plants we use in the sessions.
-June flowering cottage garden area
-Bucket pond and solar water feature – showing that you don’t need much space to bring valuable water into the garden both great for nature and relaxing for us to listen to and watch.
-Hedgehog Home, Bird Feeders, Wildlife Camera & Bug Hotel-Rose Garden -Long grasses area, e.g. Festucaglauca and Sedge
-Tall plants that will sway gently in the breeze giving the notion of movement.

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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