BBC Gardeners World “What Lies Beneath”

It is our 25th year,  and the APL were going to  undergo its biggest show garden and potentially biggest challenge to date with a large 21m x 8m showcase feature at BBC Gardeners' World Live 2020.

The original idea was delivered at Ascot Spring Garden Show and was designed by Claudia De Yong and built by Wokingham based Simply Green. This garden was 7M x 4M and contained toughened glass panels to reveal to visitors what lay beneath the surface. It was a great concept and was received really well, but did have some issues.

As you are aware, BBC GWL 2020 was postponed until 2021 and it is our intention to build it then.

We are still looking for support so....

Anyone who wishes to help with this project please contact It will be a great experience at a show site and lots of fun to be involved with this high profile build.

Designed by Professor David Stevens, supported by The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL)

Landscaping, like so many other professional trades, relies on good design, thorough preparation and sound construction. While the former can be easily seen, the constructional details are usually concealed below ground and it can be all-too easy to ignore. The materials, skills and labour are all critically important foundations of a fantastic garden, which can accrue the lion’s share of a garden’s budget, and shouldn’t be forgotten!

In the ‘What Lies Beneath’ Show Garden, we hope visitors will experience a beautifully presented garden, designed by award winning Professor David Stevens from a concept created by The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL). The walk-through garden will illustrate a wide variety of garden design details that will inspire visitors as to what can be achieved in their own space. The garden includes a raised glass fronted pool, green living wall, a stunning steel walkway and a paved driveway. But, demystifying the details of What Lies Beneath, the foundations and underlying structures that underpin the finished garden will be on view, in an eye-level cross section.

It is our intention that visitors will come away with inspiration as well as a better understanding of the significance of what goes on beneath the surface – the details that aren’t usually on show. We also hope the garden will help visitors to feel more confident in conversations with landscaping companies, interpreting quotes and understanding some of the more technical terms. We will be looking for members to assist in the build and be there throughout the show to advise and guide potential clients through the process of creating their own dream garden.