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Gardening power with Thrive



Biggest indoor garden shows ideas for easier gardening
Thrive uses expertise to keep gardening accessible

The biggest indoor garden at BBC Gardeners' World Live this year will make
gardening easier for 150,000 visitors.

The national gardening charity Thrive is building a 110-square metre garden
to demonstrate easier gardening techniques, sponsored by BUPA. The garden
embodies planting, layout and maintenance ideas to keep gardening easy and

Visitors will have the chance to try out tools for easier gardening in an
interactive area, such as light-weight, one-handed or long-handled tools.
Meanwhile Thrive gardening experts will be giving demonstrations of easier
gardening techniques and running an advice clinic.

Work started on the garden design in January. The fully accessible garden
includes a potager, courtyard, low-maintenance beds, fruit cordons and a
five-metre oak potting shed. The potting shed will be assembled in Milton
Keynes the week before the show.

The designer of the garden, Theresa Knight, studied design under Chris
Beardshaw at Pershore College in Worcester.

"We want to show people all the elements to help you carry on gardening,
like ramps, balustrades and raised beds. But it's no use showing really
expensive products that most people can't use themselves. All the features
we are using are chosen because they are easy to use and reasonably priced,"
said Theresa.

"The most difficult aspect of doing a garden for BBC Gardeners' World Live
is building it in the four days before the show opens. The most rewarding
part though is the day the show opens, and despite all the problems it comes
together - and hopefully everything works!

"If the garden gives people ideas to take home on how to make gardening
easier, then I've done my job," she said.

BUPA's Community Affairs Manager, Monica Owen, said, "BUPA has chosen to
sponsor this stand because we believe gardening can have real health and
social benefits for everyone.

"To demonstrate this, BUPA earlier this year invited local communities from
around the UK to help develop sensory gardens in over 60 of BUPA's care
homes," she said.

* BBC Gardeners' World Live runs from the 19-23 June at the NEC in



Charity no: 277570
Company no: 1415700




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