“Love the Plot You’ve Got”

by Drucilla James

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Put off by the extravagant designs of garden shows? Never visited your local garden centre? Got a small back yard in town that’s become something of a dumping ground? Aged between 30 and 45 and lacking the inclination, money, knowledge or time to get interested in gardening? Then the gardening industry has you in its sights and is determined to show you that with a little TLC and relatively little cost you can transform your cramped, neglected back lot into a place to be proud of and perhaps become a life-long gardening enthusiast at the same time.

Perhaps you could find yourself inspired by the taster unveiled at the recent garden trade show, Glee Birmingham 2014 – a before-and-after installation, which will be touring towns and cities across the UK next year.

In a space typical of the size of 14 million gardens in the UK, with community gardeners The Edible Bus Stop’s help, the display shows what can be done with some decking, paving, simple raised beds and colourful plants and accessories to transform an eyesore into a usable and relaxing outdoor space.

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The plants and products supplied by Forest (timber products), EasiLawn, Premier Decorations ( barbecue), Gardman and Stewarts Garden Centres  are all readily obtainable, easily understood and affordable.

We are all destined to see more of the “Love the Plot You’ve Got” roadshow as it pops up at urban shows and festivals which the conventional gardening event doesn’t reach. Gardens suitable for different lifestyles are also to be expected –there will be a chef’s garden and a wild garden for example.

From January 2015 there will also be a website to go to for ideas and inspiration, practical guidance and detailed information about featured products.

To find out more look out for: www.loveyourplot.com

GIMB’s 25 companies include: B&Q, Dobbies, Homebase, Hozelock, RHS, Scotts, Solus.

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