Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter is a bustling, cosmopolitan area, steeped in history. In the Victorian era the area was booming with trade as the jewellery and watchmaking industries expanded. It was common for craftsmen to set up workshops in their back gardens to meet demand. BBC Gardeners’ World Live’s headline Watchmaker’s Garden, is designed by award-winning garden designer Alexandra Froggatt. It is inspired by these dedicated 19th century back-garden horologists.
Step onto the garden and you’ll step back in time into a watchmaker’s garden workshop. The city’s iconic Chamberlain clockface is mid-production, with a workbench surrounded by original tools and artefacts. Outside of the rustic building, the garden is authentic to the era with heirloom and heritage vegetables, salads growing alongside cottage garden plants and self-seeded native flowers. Unkempt grass areas surround the space, with rustic paths and fencing along with nasturtiums and climbing peas scrambling up posts. Trees and shrubs border the garden, giving a mature feel, as well as screening the boundaries.
Alexandra is working with master grower Terry Porter to create an authentic and inspirational veg patch of traditional varieties. Also, Jon Wheatley will grow a technicolour display of dahlias for the garden.
Alexandra Froggatt made her debut at BBC Gardeners’ World Live in 2016 as designer of the Wyevale Garden Centres ‘Capability Brown’s Enchanted Tea Party’ garden.
You’ll find the Watchmaker’s Garden along with many more Show Gardens, plus a show-load of garden inspiration including a vast Floral Marquee and the BBC Two Gardeners’ World presenters, at BBC Gardeners’ World Live from 13 to 16 June at Birmingham’s NEC. For tickets and Show information visit www.bbcgardenersworldlive.com