The television programme is celebrating five decades on air next year and the annual Beautiful Borders competition at BBC Gardeners’ World Live, held from 15-18 June at the NEC, Birmingham, will be dedicated to the anniversary.
With plots of a few square metres, the Beautiful Borders offer opportunities for budding garden designers and students to showcase their skills and creativity in a more accessible format than other garden shows. BBC Gardeners' World Live expects to get 90,000 visitors over four days.
The show has suggested designs inspired by a favourite presenter, from Percy Thrower or Geoff Hamilton to Alan Titchmarsh or Monty Don, an homage to elements of gardens in the programme, such as The Magnolias, Clack’s Farm, Barnsdale, Barleywood or Greenacre or any other aspect of the programme.
In 2016 BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Carol Klein toured the borders and publicity photographs were taken with designers.
"I simply love to see the creativity bursting out of each of the Beautiful Borders at BBC Gardeners’ World Live - it’s what flower shows are all about – encouraging up-and-coming garden designers and giving them the chance to present their ideas and originality to hoardes of people," she said.
"For the designers it’s a brilliant way to get themselves noticed and network with potential new clients, and for the visitors they’re packed with ideas for smaller gardens."
Designer of last year’s Best Beautiful Border Fire & Ice, Martin Lines of Lanwarne Landscapes said the show had been a major development in his design career. Applications are open until 27 January.