The other week Wylde Director Amy visited Gardeners’ World Live in Birmingham. This was a spectacular showcase of all things garden design, landscaping, nursery displays and outdoor exhibitions. It’s the perfect time of year to be sat outside soaking up the sunshine and warm weather, but where better than to do it from an immaculately pruned garden!
Just one element of the Gardeners’ World show are the epic show gardens – a collection of carefully designed gardens described as a celebration of how imagination and creativity can transform outdoor spaces. These displays are truly inspiring – the perfect way to get ideas for your own outdoor spaces. These show gardens are judged to the highest standards with the planting, inspiration and design under the microscope!
As interior designers we’re experts on transforming internal spaces to achieve successful open and closed environments, air flow, lighting, acoustics, furniture, decorations and branding. Successful design schemes require intense collaboration and understanding from the designers and how the users will interact and use the space – the same applies for outdoor spaces. A real understanding of way-finding, creating spaces within the whole area – thinking about how humans, pollinators and creatures may use the garden.
We loved that this year has a focus on re-using and recycling, saving water, gardening for climate change and throwing an important spotlight on pollinators and the significance of looking after and providing for the bees that do so much for our planet and existence! Almost 90% of wild plants and 75% of leading global crops depend on animal pollination. One out of every three mouthfuls of our food depends on pollinators such as bees!
One of the most popular areas of the show is the Beautiful Borders section. This area is crammed with ideas for smaller spaces – the theme this year “My Garden Escape” focussing on outdoor areas providing space for mindfulness. We love to see how small spaces can be transformed into a peaceful oasis or tiny veg patches! The opportunities are endless – but the most important thing is to get out there and make the most of the outdoors – no matter the size.