Garden features at the Ideal Home Show


 The Ideal Home Show, which starts this week and is back in its original home at Earls Court, will have plenty of inspiration for gardeners this year. 

2014 sees the launch of the Ideal Advice Centre. Kate Gould the award-winning designer, whose garden ‘The Wasteland’ took a gold medal at Chelsea last year, will be available at the Centre, on selected dates, if you are seeking inspiration or guidance on how to design, improve or overhaul your garden space.

In the Ideal Gardens section itself, amongst other attractions, will be six show gardens designed by horticultural college students all taking part in the Ideal Young Gardeners of the Year Competition. Chichester College’s ‘Refreshing the Pallet’ promises an urban retreat made from old pallets while Capel Manor students invite us to ‘Cultivate Calm’ in the city. Other participating colleges are Askham Bryan College, North Yorkshire,  Bridgewater College, Somerset, Shuttleworth College, Bedfordshire and Writtle College, Essex.Diarmuid Gavin will be one of the judges.

Cultivation Street, the national campaign to get communities gardening, will also be launching its competition to find Britain’s best turned-out street, at the Show.Set to award prizes of £20,000 of National Garden Gift Vouchers to streets, schools and communities, including a top prize of £10,000 for the Britain’s Best Street Award, judges will be looking  for  evidence of community spirit as evidenced by at least three dazzling front garden displays.

SWAPOT_logo_CMYK px 2Meanwhile HTA (The Horticultural Trades Association) will be reminding us of their recently launched ‘It Starts with a Pot’ campaign designed to demonstrate how easy and enjoyable gardening can be and that by simply planting up a few pots you can transform your outdoor space.

FSP1_BlueForestpxAfter visiting all the Show has to offer you may like to visit one of the ideal homes being unveiled there – the first Quiet Mark Treehouse designed by Blue Forest Luxury Treehouses. The house promises an escape from the bustle of Earls Court, ‘personal sound-portraits’ and a ‘Wild Sanctuary animal soundscape ’.

The Ideal Home Show runs from 14th – 30th March at Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, London SW59TW.

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