Do you want the chance to build a show garden at BBC Gardeners' World Live 2020?
You're in luck!
The APL are once again running the APL Avenue competition with River Street Events for your chance to build a garden at the 2020 show!
For the fifth year running, the organisers of BBC Gardeners’ World Live, River Street Events, are offering a generous £10,000 contribution to each of the five landscapers selected to design and build gardens at the show. In addition, there will be generous sponsorship of materials and supporting benefits including PR, hospitality opportunities and show tickets. Winning a BBC Gardeners’ World Live medal provides valuable accreditation to your company, fantastic PR opportunities and a great way to bench mark your build abilities against the high standard of assessing.
The theme of 2020 APL Show Gardens is ‘A Very British Affair’. This theme will enable you to explore many areas of inspiration. Gardens could nod towards schemes that are quintessentially British and classic, however the broadness of the title also allows for you to apply a modern twist. You could also look at what best symbolises Britain within the schemes. Whether that be in manufacturing and nostalgia or simply the fact the gardening and gardens are renowned as the largest and most popular British pastime. The word affair within the title also allows you to explore romance and playfulness to designs. These could also be incorporated.
However this broad theme should not detract from the essence of what APL Avenue Gardens represent. The gardens should be Inspirational, Aspirational and Attainable. Therefore designers should not neglect to try and incorporate a space which can be used for entertaining, cooking or dining. The garden should provide a well thought-through space for either the family or couple. Whilst the gardens must be open to a minimum of two sides, they will demonstrate how privacy can be obtained by appropriate screening or planting. The gardens are likely to have at least one area of special horticultural focus, whether it is a specimen tree, shrub or a border to provide seasonal attention. Designers should also ensure that designs are environmentally responsible which could include ideas that conserve and enhance biodiversity. It is possible that some gardens may wish to use height or installations that can be converted to other uses to maximise limited space. The finished result will be a garden where you can invite your own guests, family or clients for a couple of hours on Press Day.