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Horticultural highlight returns with social distancing
Details of BBC Gardeners' World Live 2021 have been announced. The 2020 event at Birmingham NEC was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic but organisers are confident that the popular show will go ahead from June 17 to 20, 2021. They have incorporated a number of measures to ensure a successful and enjoyable event, including a larger event footprint to allow for social distancing, timed visitor entry and changes to the theatre layouts.
Fragrant: The floral marquee at BBC Gardeners' World Live 2019
The main themes for the 2021 show are flower power, sustainability and indoor gardening. The new My Gardeners' World Stage in the Floral Marquee will give exhibiting nurseries, special guests and the Gardeners' World presenters a platform to share ideas about how everyone can do their bit for sustainability and the environment in their gardens, being mindful of the impact that activities have on wildlife and plants.
Guest: Adam Frost at BBC Gardeners' World Live 2019
Toby Buckland's Navigator Show Garden will be one of the event highlights. The coast, the focus of the garden's design, is a point of no return and acts as a barometer of our rapidly changing climate. Toby's garden will be full of practical ideas to inspire and help gardeners navigate their gardens towards a greener future.
The Association of Professional Landscapers has teamed up with designer Professor David Stevens to create the What Lies Beneath garden. It will inspire visitors with a variety of design ideas while explaining the underlying structures that are so important in underpinning a great finished garden.
Professor Stevens says: "There is no doubt that lockdown and difficult times have temporarily changed people's lives, often with more emphasis on both house and garden. The latter has provided welcome relaxation and a new awareness of just what a garden has to offer, along with an opportunity to change or improve the layout. In doing this we become more aware of the complexities of construction, foundations for paving and walls, or just how to build a raised bed, a garden pool and any number of other features. The answer to these questions is perfectly illustrated by 'What Lies Beneath', a garden that literally takes a garden apart to expose the intricacies and details of the construction as well as showing just how this underpins the finished composition from beginning to end."
Boom: One of the Beautiful Borders at BBC Gardeners' World Live 2019
The Beautiful Borders, with a 'Power of Flowers' theme, continues to boom with over 30 entries in 2021. Plus, family-friendly activities return, including the school wheelbarrow competition and a hands-on garden run by Roots to Fruit where children will be able to have a go at planting and creating an inspiring space at the show.
With social distancing measures in place, the Floral Marquee and Plant Village will showcase a range of specialist nurseries and growers. In addition, the marquee will feature an impressive Eremurus display from master grower Jon Wheatley, and the all-new House of Plants feature created by Samantha Theakstone.
Bob Sweet, BBC Gardeners' World Live's Director of Horticulture, says: "There is no doubt that gardening has been a great comfort to many, during the situation that we find ourselves in currently. We are growing as a nation of gardeners more than ever and, as such, we are delighted to be announcing plans for BBC Gardeners' World Live 2021. Inspiring every level of gardener and garden lover, our themes are all the more pertinent to the world we live in today - flower power, sustainability and indoor gardening. We are also thrilled to confirm that nearly all the designers, landscapers, exhibitors and sponsors from our postponed show will be working alongside us to create a formidable event in 2021."