BBC Gardeners World Live 2009
To enjoy the environment tomorrow, it must be protected today. This truism is the inspiration behind my design, Baby Bio Garden – Protecting Tomorrow Today.
Created in partnership with garden care company, Bayer Garden, I designed the garden with re-used everyday products to create fun, attention-grabbing planting ideas incorporating Baby Bio - Britain’s favourite house plant food - to feed and nurture the plants. It proved that almost anything can be used to create a flourishing display.
Products I used included fencing made from recycled polystyrene, decking from recycled plastic milk bottles, compost from recycled garden waste collections, paving from recycled and reclaimed aggregate, eco-rubber and even washing machine water features. This was a fun garden with a serious message.
The garden had three ‘lifestyle pods’, each one representing an area of our carbon footprint in work, rest and play. The way we travel is epitomised by cars pumping out exhaust fumes so we took an old banger and turned it into a garden on its own, with vibrant plants emerging all over it. We are constantly throwing out all sorts of things from our home; old pots, pans and washing machines. But why not re-use them and do something fun? The same is true for what we wear; we even featured a washing line full of clothes, all beautifully planted.
I didn’t expect people to rush home and put plants in their dishwasher. But I hope this garden made them think imaginatively to re-use everyday things!
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