BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2020 – APL Avenue

Sadly, BBC Gardeners’ World Live has had to be postponed to 2021 due to the virus outbreak but we wanted to leave this information on site to demonstrate the ideas that would have been on show if the event had gone ahead.

For the fifth year running, the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) return to BBC Gardeners’ World Live with the much-anticipated Show Garden competition, APL Avenue.

The Show, taking place at Birmingham’s NEC from 18th to 21st June 2020, hosts the competition which is an opportunity for five APL contractors to feature their inspirational, aspirational and relatable gardens to the public. The winning garden is awarded Best APL Avenue Show Garden judged by the show garden assessment panel and a public vote to crown the visitors’ favourite.

(above TAW Landscapes)

The theme for this year is ‘A Very British Affair‘ and visitors will have the opportunity to witness first-hand what variety, quality, creativity and interpretation of a brief can be achieved in a small space when engaging the skills of a professional landscaper.

The influences for garden designs this year range from scenic British woodland, allotments and coastline to the drama of brutalist architecture and James Bond.

Gunns & Roses, (pictured above) is inspired by the British manufacturing industry and will be designed by Butterworth Horticulture. Earthstone Landscapes will be creating a garden inspired by Ian Fleming’s James Bond, designed by Earthstone Landscapes.

Outdoor Creations, (pictured above) inspired by the British allotment is designed by Dermot Cowper, Outdoor Creations. TAW Garden Landscapes are inspired by British Woodland and will be designed by ABL Garden Designs and finally Teasels Landscapes, inspired by the British coastline will be designed by Chasing Arcadia Garden Designs.

(pictured above, Earthstone Landscapes)

Bob Sweet, Horticultural Director of BBC Gardeners’ World Live points out that the APL Avenue consistently delights visitors with the marvellous collection of show gardens and that 2020 will be no exception:  “In a dramatic contrast to the previous international theme, the 2020 theme of ‘A Very British Affair’ has resulted in a collection of designs that, whilst being completely different, each embody an essence of Britishness, from James Bond to our native woodlands. Their distinctive and recognisable influences will no doubt touch the hearts of visitors and, as each garden is designed with real clients in mind, offer up a host of ideas that can be translated beautifully in an average back garden. The five landscapers going forward have presented fantastic designs, and we know that each will be built to a very high standard,” he said.

(above – Teasels Landscapes)

In 2019, Designit Landscapes, with designer Lucy Bravington, achieved a Platinum Award and Best in Show for their APL Avenue Show Garden ‘High Line’. Lucy says that APL Avenue is a fantastic opportunity for garden designers and landscape contractors to collaborate and showcase exceptional design and build: “The show gardens are a realistic size and budget, allowing visitors to visualise what is possible in their own garden.  It was great to speak with so many visitors and talk them through the design process and construction details.  Many were keen to replicate elements from our design in their own garden, particularly the Corten water bowl and the low maintenance planting.”

This year will be the 25th anniversary year of APL and members of their team, as well as the landscapers, will be on hand throughout all four days of the event. They share their wealth of knowledge with up to 101,000 visitors, helping to demystify the process of a garden build and giving advice on costs and options.

Each garden will receive a contribution towards the cost of the build with Marshalls supplying products from their domestic range and Rolawn supplying their turf and topsoil.

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