You will never want to leaf
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You will never want to leaf Small garden, or challenging space? No problem! The Beautiful Borders are always awash with take-home ideas to help you squeeze the most into your garden. Find out more about Kiran Vaidya’s Border below. Designed by Kiran Vaidya, Hefty’s Garden, awarded Silver Merit Escape to your very own slice of tropical paradise simply by stepping outside into your garden. Using solely foliage, with no flowers, this Beautiful Border shows the versatility and variety of leafy plants whilst highlighting the importance of relieving stress and promoting positive mental health, especially in urban communities where access to green spaces is limited. With thanks to  Explore the Beautiful Borders FIND OUT MORE Discover garden inspiration Find out more
Unwind and recharge
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Unwind and recharge Small garden, or challenging space? No problem! The Beautiful Borders are always awash with take-home ideas to help you squeeze the most into your garden. Find out more about Giada Francois’ Border below. Designed by Giada Francois, awarded Gold Immerse, refuge and unwind your mind and senses in this Beautiful Border where an explosion of texture is here to inspire, uplift and cocoon your body and mind. The happy and positive rhythm and repetition in the planting design is rendered through a muted and harmonious palette in peach and cream with a splash of wine. With thanks to  Explore the Beautiful Borders FIND OUT MORE Discover garden inspiration Find out more
Paradise in a paperback
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Paradise in a paperback Small garden, or challenging space? No problem! The Beautiful Borders are always awash with take-home ideas to help you squeeze the most into your garden. Find out more about Eleanor Morgan’s Border below. Designed by Eleanor Morgan, awarded Silver Merit This Border design was inspired by the escapism found through reading, to portray the feeling of being lost in a good book. When you enter a state of flow and calm, there’s nothing to do but read. Put your ‘to-do’ list to the back of your mind, and simply enjoy making your way through the book. With thanks to  Explore the Beautiful Borders FIND OUT MORE Discover garden inspiration Find out more
…and breathe
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...and breathe Small garden, or challenging space? No problem! The Beautiful Borders are always awash with take-home ideas to help you squeeze the most into your garden. Find out more about Claire Morrell’s Border below. Designed by Claire MorrellAwarded Platinum and Best Beautiful Border The Border is designed to offer a soothing, restful yet mindful experience whether looked upon or from within the Border. To connect with the breath and the scents and mindfully connect visually with the space without being challenged by excessive colours and form creates a true escape. With thanks to  /*! elementor - v3.19.0 - 07-02-2024 */ .elementor-column .elementor-spacer-inner{height:var(--spacer-size)}.e-con{--container-widget-width:100%}.e-con-inner>.elementor-widget-spacer,.e-con>.elementor-widget-spacer{width:var(--container-widget-width,var(--spacer-size));--align-self:var(--container-widget-align-self,initial);--flex-shrink:0}.e-con-inner>.elementor-widget-spacer>.elementor-widget-container,.e-con>.elementor-widget-spacer>.elementor-widget-container{height:100%;width:100%}.e-con-inner>.elementor-widget-spacer>.elementor-widget-container>.elementor-spacer,.e-con>.elementor-widget-spacer>.elementor-widget-container>.elementor-spacer{height:100%}.e-con-inner>.elementor-widget-spacer>.elementor-widget-container>.elementor-spacer>.elementor-spacer-inner,.e-con>.elementor-widget-spacer>.elementor-widget-container>.elementor-spacer>.elementor-spacer-inner{height:var(--container-widget-height,var(--spacer-size))}.e-con-inner>.elementor-widget-spacer.elementor-widget-empty,.e-con>.elementor-widget-spacer.elementor-widget-empty{position:relative;min-height:22px;min-width:22px}.e-con-inner>.elementor-widget-spacer.elementor-widget-empty .elementor-widget-empty-icon,.e-con>.elementor-widget-spacer.elementor-widget-empty .elementor-widget-empty-icon{position:absolute;top:0;bottom:0;left:0;right:0;margin:auto;padding:0;width:22px;height:22px} Explore the Beautiful Borders FIND OUT MORE Discover garden inspiration Find out more
Liz Earle Beauty Co’s Botanical Show G...
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Liz Earle Beauty Co.’s Botanical Show Garden, 2023Designed by Lucy Bravington The Liz Earle Show Garden featured perennial plants to showcase the botanicals included in many Liz Earle Beauty Co. products, such as echinacea, rosemary and lavender.The focal point of the garden was a sculpture, inspired by the brand’s coastal home on the Isle of Wight, and the Fibonacci spiral which represented the efficacious nature of Liz Earle Beauty Co. products. Awarded Gold and Best Construction Landscaper UK 2023  The Liz Earle Beauty Co.’s Botanical Show Garden is harnessed the power of plants for feelings of wellbeing at BBC Gardeners’ World Live in 2023. Designed by Platinum Award winning garden and landscape designer, Lucy Bravington, the garden featured perennial plants to showcase the botanicals included in many Liz Earle Beauty Co. products, such as echinacea, rosemary and lavender. Ethnobotanist James Wong shared insights into the power of these plants during daily appearances on the Show Garden. The focal point of the garden was a sculpture inspired by the brand’s coastal home, and by the Fibonacci spiral, which represents the efficacious nature of Liz Earle Beauty Co. products.  “Visitors to BBC Gardeners’ World Live will be able to experience the fragrances, colours and textures of the plants included in Liz Earle Beauty Co.’s skincare range, as part of a modern country garden. The garden is a calm space with many links to the brand’s Isle of Wight home and we hope to inspire visitors to recreate aspects of the garden or enjoy the garden’s fragrances at home when using their Liz Earle Beauty products.” Lucy Bravington /*! elementor - v3.19.0 - 07-02-2024 */ .elementor-widget-divider{--divider-border-style:none;--divider-border-width:1px;--divider-color:#0c0d0e;--divider-icon-size:20px;--divider-element-spacing:10px;--divider-pattern-height:24px;--divider-pattern-size:20px;--divider-pattern-url:none;--divider-pattern-repeat:repeat-x}.elementor-widget-divider .elementor-divider{display:flex}.elementor-widget-divider .elementor-divider__text{font-size:15px;line-height:1;max-width:95%}.elementor-widget-divider .elementor-divider__element{margin:0 var(--divider-element-spacing);flex-shrink:0}.elementor-widget-divider .elementor-icon{font-size:var(--divider-icon-size)}.elementor-widget-divider .elementor-divider-separator{display:flex;margin:0;direction:ltr}.elementor-widget-divider--view-line_icon .elementor-divider-separator,.elementor-widget-divider--view-line_text .elementor-divider-separator{align-items:center}.elementor-widget-divider--view-line_icon .elementor-divider-separator:after,.elementor-widget-divider--view-line_icon .elementor-divider-separator:before,.elementor-widget-divider--view-line_text .elementor-divider-separator:after,.elementor-widget-divider--view-line_text .elementor-divider-separator:before{display:block;content:"";border-block-end:0;flex-grow:1;border-block-start:var(--divider-border-width) var(--divider-border-style) var(--divider-color)}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-left .elementor-divider .elementor-divider-separator>.elementor-divider__svg:first-of-type{flex-grow:0;flex-shrink:100}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-left .elementor-divider-separator:before{content:none}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-left .elementor-divider__element{margin-left:0}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-right .elementor-divider .elementor-divider-separator>.elementor-divider__svg:last-of-type{flex-grow:0;flex-shrink:100}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-right .elementor-divider-separator:after{content:none}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-right .elementor-divider__element{margin-right:0}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-start .elementor-divider .elementor-divider-separator>.elementor-divider__svg:first-of-type{flex-grow:0;flex-shrink:100}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-start .elementor-divider-separator:before{content:none}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-start .elementor-divider__element{margin-inline-start:0}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-end .elementor-divider .elementor-divider-separator>.elementor-divider__svg:last-of-type{flex-grow:0;flex-shrink:100}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-end .elementor-divider-separator:after{content:none}.elementor-widget-divider--element-align-end .elementor-divider__element{margin-inline-end:0}.elementor-widget-divider:not(.elementor-widget-divider--view-line_text):not(.elementor-widget-divider--view-line_icon) .elementor-divider-separator{border-block-start:var(--divider-border-width) var(--divider-border-style) var(--divider-color)}.elementor-widget-divider--separator-type-pattern{--divider-border-style:none}.elementor-widget-divider--separator-type-pattern.elementor-widget-divider--view-line .elementor-divider-separator,.elementor-widget-divider--separator-type-pattern:not(.elementor-widget-divider--view-line) .elementor-divider-separator:after,.elementor-widget-divider--separator-type-pattern:not(.elementor-widget-divider--view-line) .elementor-divider-separator:before,.elementor-widget-divider--separator-type-pattern:not([class*=elementor-widget-divider--view]) .elementor-divider-separator{width:100%;min-height:var(--divider-pattern-height);-webkit-mask-size:var(--divider-pattern-size) 100%;mask-size:var(--divider-pattern-size) 100%;-webkit-mask-repeat:var(--divider-pattern-repeat);mask-repeat:var(--divider-pattern-repeat);background-color:var(--divider-color);-webkit-mask-image:var(--divider-pattern-url);mask-image:var(--divider-pattern-url)}.elementor-widget-divider--no-spacing{--divider-pattern-size:auto}.elementor-widget-divider--bg-round{--divider-pattern-repeat:round}.rtl .elementor-widget-divider .elementor-divider__text{direction:rtl}.e-con-inner>.elementor-widget-divider,.e-con>.elementor-widget-divider{width:var(--container-widget-width,100%);--flex-grow:var(--container-widget-flex-grow)} With thanks to garden product suppliers
The Secret Homestead
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The Secret Homestead Awarded Silver, designed by Lucy Hutchingssupported by Hillier The homespun image of the veg patch will resonate with many, but not everyone. The Secret Homestead aims to break from traditional ‘tropes’ and explore the possibilities of just what edible gardens can be. With a talks area integrated into the Garden, visitors could drop in at the Show to pick up top tips on growing tasty produce! Hosted by Lucy, speakers include Chris Collins, Stephanie Hafferty, CloudGardenerUK, Ade Sellars, Becky Searle, Lydia Lakemoore, Michael Kennard and more! 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With more than 167,000 Instagram followers, a sustainable gardening school, and an exciting edible Show Garden design for BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2023, Lucy’s on a mission to get Great Britain growing. The Secret Homestead GardenThe dramatic black and white palette, accented with vivid coral and pink, sets this garden apart from conventional kitchen gardens. Initially the borders appear purely ornamental with drifts of flowers and sculptural foliage. However, all the plants in the garden are edible, from dahlia, canna and colocasia root crops, to zesty oxalis. On closer inspection, some conventional vegetables can be found, but all in their most decorative of forms. Flowering kale, candy striped corn, vivid pink chard and celery; midnight black sunflowers; even gothic tone tomatoes.Just as the plants are dual-purpose, so too are the decorative elements. Sculptures double as insect habitats and mushroom gardens, a hand painted door reveals a root cellar. Beauty is every bit as important as abundance in this alternative food garden. With thanks to garden product suppliers
The Garden Organic Backyard Biodiversity...
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The Garden Organic Backyard Biodiversity Garden Every year an exciting collection of gardens come to life in a celebration of how imagination and creativity can transform your outdoor space. It’s an unbeatable way to get ideas for your own garden. Show Gardens are judged to the highest standards of design, planting and inspiration. Find out more about The Garden Organic Backyard Biodiversity Garden below… Designed by Emma O’Neill, Garden Organic Bugs, birds and beneficial plants are the central themes in Garden Organic’s Backyard Biodiversity Show Garden. The organic gardening charity’s head gardener Emma O’Neill has designed a new biodiverse show garden for 2023, which brings together biodiversity-boosting elements and ideas to help gardeners welcome more wildlife into their back gardens. The garden includes sensational sustainable zones to maximise wildlife and mitigate climate change, such as:Water-saving solutionsDividing the show garden down the middle is a permeable pathway with gravel between honeycomb paving. Planted up with herbs, it allows rainwater to drain slowly and naturally while providing habitats. A dry, gravel garden is planted with drought-tolerant plants such silver-leaved perennials and grasses. And even the water butt has a planter on top to maximise growing space and act as a sponge. The Backyard Biodiversity Garden design also incorporates clay irrigation pots, based on a technique used in hot countries. The pots are buried into beds and filled with water, which allows moisture to seep gently through the clay providing a slow-release water source at the roots.Nurturing natureThe idea of a ‘weed’ is reimagined with a pond surrounded by beneficial plants such as dead nettles and dandelions. Nearby a short flower lawn is bursting with red clover and trefoil, which shows how conventional lawns can be injected with colour and scent to encourage insects. Plus, there’s a low lavender hedge and British native hedge, alongside bug hotels and log piles, to provide plenty of shelter.Sustainable plantingA perennial vegetable bed demonstrates how these low maintenance, long-lasting plants allow gardeners to buy less in and extend the harvest. Plants include tasty tubers such as skirret, yacon and oca. There’s globe and Jerusalem artichokes, and Egyptian walking onions, with their tiny clusters of bulbils that regrow each year. Fruit bushes such as blackcurrant, gooseberry and raspberry provide rich-picking for puddings – and for birds!“We all need to start developing biodiverse, sustainable gardens that can weather climate change – and work with nature and not against it,” says Emma. “We hope our design shows that with small steps and little cost, gardeners can make changes that will encourage more life into their gardens. And the more friends a garden has, the better for biodiversity and the planet.” Find out more about Garden Organic here. With thanks to garden product suppliers
A quiet corner
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A quiet corner Small garden, or challenging space? No problem! The Beautiful Borders are always awash with take-home ideas to help you squeeze the most into your garden. Find out more about Steven Ballinger’s Border below. Designed by Steven BallingerAwarded Gold and BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine Subscriber Best Beautiful Border For Steven, any part of a garden is an escape, but he will always seem to find one corner a real retreat. Surrounded by plants, and encased by foliage, a place to sit and relax is the ideal way to escape, slow down and take a moment to destress. Let calm and tranquillity envelope you as you escape into this garden escape. With thanks to  Explore the Beautiful Borders FIND OUT MORE Discover garden inspiration Find out more
To the garden I go, to lose my mind and ...
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To the garden I go, to lose my mind and find my soul. Small garden, or challenging space? No problem! The Beautiful Borders are always awash with take-home ideas to help you squeeze the most into your garden. Find out more about Shona Lockheart’s Border below. Designed by Shona Lockheart, awarded Gold Shona’s garden escape is the physical act of gardening itself. From going outside to a world she has created, tending to and caring for the plants she has chosen, to planting new additions and learning about new plants, their needs and requirements. Training and pruning, to enhance or maintain the beauty around her. Creating a symbiotic relationship between the environment and myself, both feeding and nourishing the needs of the other. This garden is for the hands on gardener, who finds their peace in getting their hands dirty, caring for their creation and who’s escape is in the plants, the engagement with them and the joy their prosperity brings.   With thanks to  Explore the Beautiful Borders FIND OUT MORE Discover garden inspiration Find out more
Seven days of creation
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Seven days of creation Small garden, or challenging space? No problem! The Beautiful Borders are always awash with take-home ideas to help you squeeze the most into your garden. Find out more about Laura Houghton’s Border below. Designed by Laura Houghton, awarded Silver A garden should tell a story, it should be a place to escape to, where we can find our imagination, explore our dreams, think widely about our existence and most of all reconnect with our spirituality.This border is born around the idea of the Seven Days of Creation. Laura believes that by stripping away our busy lives and focusing on the elements of night and day, sky and water , land and plants, the sun and the moon, birds, fish animals and people, we can be reminded of our simplicity, reconnect to who we are and find a place to provide escapism. With thanks to  Explore the Beautiful Borders FIND OUT MORE Discover garden inspiration Find out more
As you like it
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As you like it Small garden, or challenging space? No problem! The Beautiful Borders are always awash with take-home ideas to help you squeeze the most into your garden. Find out more about Katie Day’s Border below. Designed by Katie Day, awarded Silver Merit “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts…”Katie’s Border offers an escape into the storyworld of William Shakespeare’s play As You Like It – a romance with gender swapping set in the Forest of Arden (just down the road from the NEC!). The play centres around the escape of the young people from the formality of the Court into the freedoms offered by the natural landscape of the forest. Katie’s border design echoes this clear divide. The Court is represented by a formal Tudor Parterre style garden with a tightly clipped Buxus sempervirens hedge, which was a popular garden style in Shakespeare’s day. A custom built decorative arch with “woodbine” (Lonicera periclymenum) growingover it leads into a path of log stepping stones through informal woodland style planting and a feature Hawthorn tree (Crataegus monogyna), invoking the Forest of Arden. The planting in this area is purposefully colourful and celebratory with flowering shrubs and herbaceous plants reflecting the flourishing of young love, the ‘Bleeding Heart’ (Lamprocapnosspectabilis) being the most direct example. The gender swapping by the character Rosalind as she enters the forest inspired the decision to incorporate the colours of the Trans flag – Pink, Blue and White – into the painted archway and the planting colour palette. Katie has selected pink, blue and white flowering plants that flower in June, as well as considering shape to reflect both masculine (Digitalis purpurea f. albiflora) and feminine (Paeonia lactiflora ‘Sarah Bernhardt’).The Hawthorn tree (Crataegus monogyna) acts as a focus for the story elements, and is decoratedwith ribbons and tiny fragments of mirror to reflect the viewers’ own images and incorporate them intothe border. A heart-shaped sign with ‘Rosalind’ carved into it is hung against the trunk, and lovepoems written on paper are spiked onto the thorns and branches.“…There is a man haunts the forest that abuses our young plants with carving Rosalind on their barks;hangs odes upon hawthorns and elegies on brambles; all, forsooth, deifying the name of Rosalind.” With thanks to  Explore the Beautiful Borders FIND OUT MORE Discover garden inspiration Find out more
A shared chrysalis
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A shared chrysalis Small garden, or challenging space? No problem! The Beautiful Borders are always awash with take-home ideas to help you squeeze the most into your garden. Find out more about Rachel Wells’ Border below. Designed by Rachel Wells of Hortulani, awarded Gold This border is a protective and nurturing space to share with butterflies and moths throughout each stage of their development.Change can be a positive experience, and by drawing on her own personal and professional development over the last decade, Rachel’s border reflects how she needed a place to rest and recharge to be able to develop and flourish, just like at risk butterfly and moth species.Using plants that attract butterflies and moths during the day and at night, this border incorporates water, resting areas and includes habitats for each stage of their development; a safe haven to be shared. With thanks to  Explore the Beautiful Borders FIND OUT MORE Discover garden inspiration Find out more