Banbury based garden design and landscape business, Pro Gardens, is delighted to have been selected as one of five finalists whose garden design will be judged at the BBC Gardeners’ World Live show at the NEC this week. The show’s APL Avenue Show Garden Competition invites members of The Association of Professional Landscapers to design a small front or back garden, which is “inspirational, aspirational and achievable on a limited budget.”.
Pro Garden’s entry was designed by Jamie Langlands, and the Pro Garden’s team are currently busy building the garden for the show which officially opens on the 15th June. 90,000 visitors are expected to attend the popular event, where a selection panel comprising of Adam Frost (Adam Frost Landscapes), Lucy Hall (editor, BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine) and Andrew Fisher Tomlin (Fisher Tomlin and Bowyer), will judge the five finalist garden designs.
Pro Garden’s saw of stiff competition to reach the final of the competition, but are no strangers to success in prestigious garden competitions. In 2015 the team attended ‘The Blenheim Flower Show’ where they received a Silver Gilt for their show garden. In 2016 they also achieved a Silver Medal at the ‘The RHS Malvern Spring Festival’, as well as a Gold and Best in Show at the ‘Blenheim Flower Show’.
Pro Garden’s inspiration for its APL Avenue Show Garden is a charity garden that supports CLIC Sargent, a charity that provides specialist support for young cancer patients and their families. Garden designer Jamie Langlands commented, “The charity does incredible work and we wanted to help raise awareness and funds for them. We’re calling it the CLIC Sargent Garden and the charity’s representatives will be at the show talking about some of the work that they do.”
He added, “It’s going to feel like a very real and very loved garden, which is one of our biggest challenges – creating something that was built and planted in just two weeks, that already looks established.”
In order to create that level of authenticity the garden will include birds nests in the trees, as well as moss growing on plants and grass sprouting between the pathing stones. Everything in the garden has been sourced locally, and for the last few months the Pro Garden’s team have been busy trying to find established plants to use, and reclaimed material to build the garden’s folly.
What has been a years worth of work will come to a conclusion on Wednesday 14th June, when the competition’s judges will visit the five finalist’s gardens on the day before the show officially opens.
Pro Gardens has teamed up with the organisers of the show, which takes place at the NEC on the 15-18 June, to offer 20% off tickets. Click here for more details.
For more information Download our show guide