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Gardeners’ World Live 2016: The Show Gardens

June 21, 2016

Gardeners World Live 2016 Show Gardens - An Urban RetreatI was so excited that I finally got to visit Gardeners’ World Live this year! I really wanted to go last year, but we booked our trip to Cornwall for the same weekend, and I was so gutted that I couldn’t go, but it finally happened this year! The weather was a little dreary to start off with, but it brightened up by the end of the day.

The Show Gardens

One of the things that I was most excited about (apart from buying all the flowers) was the show gardens. I’ve never seen show gardens before, so it was amazing to see all the attention to detail in the planning and planting to make it look like you were looking at someone’s back garden! I can’t even imagine what the Chelsea Flower Show is like!

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An Urban Retreat

This was one of my favourite show gardens there! I loved the modern look of the garden and the sunken area for sitting, just past the water feature! I loved the colour scheme here too, with loads of greys and purples.

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Urban Nature

Me and my mum absolutely loved this one! I especially loved the little hidden bit at the back, just through the gate which leads you over to the little raised beds full of vegetables with a little beehive, bug hotel and wildflower section.

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Eat And Shelter

I loved the pizza oven in this one hahaha! I really liked all the different pathways and colours used and that even though the garden was quite modern, they used a few ‘cottage garden’ type plants in it to attract wildlife to the garden, along with the huge succulents and gravel to create a modern look aswell.

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The Man Garden

This one grew on me while we were there. I really liked the screen in the garden to separate the planting area from the seating area with the fire. I think my favourite bit about it is the pathway, where to get to the seating area, it’s like little stepping stones!

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Capability Brown’s Enchanted Tea Party

This was the only show garden that you were allowed into, which was fun! Most of the ‘show’ was inside the walls of the delapidated building with ivy growing up the walls and flowers growing wherever. I loved that the cakes and cups of tea were made from flowers too! I couldn’t get over the amount of detail that had gone into this!

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The Canal Boat Garden

This was such a strange garden – I don’t know how but they got a real canal boat there, in water with a lock infront of it with water pouring out! How amazing?! It had a green roof, a little flower patch and flowers all along the front of the boat. So pretty!

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The Allotment Garden

I LOVED the allotment garden so much! It gave me so much inspiration for my little patch! Although everything was already fully grown and in perfect planting position, I loved seeing how it was laid out, and the little cutting flower patch at the corner too! I really liked the cute greenhouse all styled up too.

I was so amazed by all of the show gardens there! It’s really amazing how much attention to detail goes into everything to make it look like a real life garden! Which one was your favourite? I’ll have part 2 coming up soon (I took SO many photos).

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    Monique | WritingMonique
    June 21, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Wow! These are the perfect gardens! So beautiful!

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      April
      June 22, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      I know right!? I’d love pretty much all of them (except the canal boat) as my garden!
      xo April

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    katie
    June 22, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    These gardens & the way you’ve captured them are so, so beautiful. I would love to visit!

    Katie // wordsbykatie.com

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      April
      June 22, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      Aww thanks, Katie!
      xo April

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    Poppy
    June 22, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Stunning pictures! I love the look of the pebbley wall on the first few photos!

    poppyrkay.blogspot.co.uk

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      April
      June 22, 2016 at 5:16 pm

      That was definitely one of my favourite parts about that garden!
      xo April

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    Jen
    June 22, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    The Enchanted Garden really takes the cake! It sounds dreamy and looks even better. x

    Jen | affecionada

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    Katie
    June 22, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Wow, your photo are GORGEOUS!! These gardens are so lovely- I wish I could keep plants alive!

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    Tamara
    June 22, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    I can’t wait to have a house with a backyard to have my own little garden! These pictures are a great inspo!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

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    Tieka, Selective Potential
    June 24, 2016 at 3:48 am

    Oh my gosh, these are all so beautiful! And you captured them perfectly in these photos! xo

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    Lucy
    June 24, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    These are so gorgeous! I’d love a pizza oven and a lovely seating area and that beautiful little sage green shed. But I’d also want a big lawn to run around on. And a swimming pool. And maybe I’m getting a bit ambitious – I currently live in a flat! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Food, Travel, Italy

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