BBC Gardeners' World Live 2023 at Birmingham NEC

BBC Gardeners' World Live 2023 at Birmingham NEC


Posted 2023-06-30 by Andy Colemanfollow

Thu 15 Jun 2023 - Sun 18 Jun 2023

Gardens connected with health and wellbeing scooped the top awards at BBC Gardeners’ World Live at Birmingham NEC . The Newson Health Menopause Garden won a platinum award and was named ‘Best Show Garden’, while Liz Earle Beauty Co’s Botanical Show Garden was awarded gold and named ‘Best Constructed Garden’.

Designed by Ruth Gwynn , the aim of The Newson Health Menopause Garden is to be a safe, tranquil, reflective and comfortable space for women to discover the nutritional and physical power of plants for mental health and wellbeing. The plants are selected to be visually enriching but to still create a calm atmosphere. A strawberry wall and fruit bushes supply Vitamin D and there is are vegetables for a healthy and tasty diet. A yoga area is available for exercise and meditation and aches and pains can be soothed away in a heated outdoor bathtub.

The Newson Health Menopause Garden

Liz Earle Beauty Co’s Botanical Show Garden, designed by Lucy Bravington , is a peaceful oasis showcasing perennial plants, some of which are featured in the company’s botanical products. A central water rill flows through the space, falling into a pool at the entrance. At the centre lies a shell-shaped sculpture, representing Liz Earle Beauty Co’s coastal home.

Liz Earle Beauty Co’s Botanical Show Garden

Also awarded gold, A Garden Fit For A King takes its inspiration from King Charles III’s Highgrove garden. Designed by Paul Stone , it is intended to show how horticultural ideas and initiatives practised at Highgrove can be transferred to everyday gardens. Around a natural stone building are trees and shrubs underplanted with wildflowers and grasses, with compost bins and a filtration pond adding a practical touch.

A Garden Fit For A King

The final gold award in the Show Garden category went to The Beauty in Small Spaces, designed by TJ Kennedy and Kerianne Fitzpatrick . Comprising three areas, the designers aimed to illustrate how spaces can be individual yet connected. The front garden has textured planting, the courtyard is minimalist, and the rear area is wild and exuberant.

The Beauty in Small Spaces

The designers of this year's Beautiful Borders entries were challenged to create inspiring exhibits for small spaces around the theme of ‘My Garden Escape’.

The 'Best Beautiful Border' award went to …and breathe, designed by Claire Morrell. The platinum-winning garden features a restful bench surrounded by visually calming plants which have beautiful leaf forms, flower shapes and a variety of scents. Claire says: “My garden escape provides a soothing, restful, yet mindful place to be.

...and breathe

The Beautiful Borders award for 'Best Interpretation of a Theme', and a platinum medal, was presented to designer James Fenneberg for Keep Off The Grass. Spiky Agaves are a prominent feature of the design, along with drought-tolerant plants and volcanic sand and rocks to illustrate a changing climate.

James Fenneberg and his Keep Off The Grass border

Steven Ballinger’s A Quiet Corner was awarded gold and named 'Best Magazine Subscriber Beautiful Border'. Steven aimed to show that borders don’t always need flowers to bring interest. Instead, he has used foliage and stems, which work well in a shady corner. “The use of green always brings calm to your surroundings,” he says.

A Quiet Corner

BBC Gardeners’ World Live is at Birmingham NEC until Sunday, June 18, 2023. Tickets from



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