Best New Plant at BBC Gardeners’ World Live 

  • Hydrangea macrophylla First Editions® Eclipse®
  • Alexandra Bailey, Client and Garden Manager at Thrive Birmingham with Sarah Bowers Regional Ops Mgr.

Hydrangea macrophylla First Editions® Eclipse® has been crowned Best New Plant at BBC Gardeners’ World Live and wins grower Allensmore Nurseries the coveted Peter Seabrook Award.

The exciting new Hydrangea has a striking appearance with dark foliage and contrasting cherry rimmed blooms, centred in lime, and is ideal for a centrepiece pot or as part of a larger landscaping project. The deep purple - almost black – disease-resistant foliage maintains its colour all season. It will be available to buy from garden centres from next year.   

Launched in 2023 in association with the Colegrave Seabrook Foundation, the Peter Seabrook Award honours the late, great plantsman. This year’s award attracted more than 100 entries. 

Thrive wins Gold award

Thrive, the national charity promoting gardening for health and wellbeing, has scooped a Gold award for their Beautiful Border at BBC Gardeners’ World Live, offering a place to pause, rest and reflect with nature.

Beautiful Borders are creative, miniature show gardens, designed to inspire show visitors with achievable ideas for small gardens and challenging spaces.

Thrive’s Border, Step into our Garden - Sharing our space with wildlife inspires people to welcome wildlife and experience nature’s positive mental health benefits, through small steps.

Winner of Best Show Garden

The Eco Oasis Garden, designed by Dan Hartley Gardens with landscaping by Tisserand English Gardens, is the winner of Best Show Garden at BBC Gardeners’ World Live, which opened today at the NEC Birmingham (13-16 June).

BBC Gardeners’ World presenter, Adam Frost, presented the winning team with a Platinum award and the Best Construction Landscaper prize too.

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