Garden to celebrate 25th anniversary of APL

In their 25th anniversary year, the Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) have joined forces with award-winning garden designer, Professor David Stevens, to create a ground-breaking show garden at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2020.

‘What Lies Beneath‘ is a completely unique show garden, in that it will demystify its build for show visitors. As visitors walk through the beautifully presented garden, experiencing all the elements, including a raised glass fronted pool, green living wall, a steel walkway and a paved driveway, they’ll be able to view a reconstruction of the underlying foundations in an eye-level cross-section.

The show garden will enable visitors to come away with inspiration, as well as a better understanding of the significance of what goes on beneath the surface – the details that are not usually on show. It is hoped that the show garden will also help visitors feel more confident in conversations with landscaping companies, interpreting quotes and understanding some of the more technical terms.

The APL team and Professor Stevens will be on hand throughout all four days of the show to advise and guide visitors through the process of creating their own dream garden as well as sharing the wealth of their knowledge.

Marshalls will be supplying products from their domestic range for the garden and Rolawn will be supplying their turf and topsoil.

Professor Stevens will be familiar with show visitors as the name behind some of the most memorable show gardens at BBC Gardeners’ World in recent years including Wyevale Garden Centres’ Solutions Garden (Platinum Award 2018), two Front Gardens for the Young Landscapers Award (both Gold Awards 2019) and the iconic Anniversary Garden celebrating the 50th anniversary year of BBC2’s Gardeners’ World (Gold Award, 2017).

BBC Gardeners’ World Live takes place from the 18th to 21st June 2020 at the NEC Birmingham. For more information/tickets please visit:

Picture credit: ©David Stevens/APL

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