Talented Saffron Walden gardeners will showcase their garden designs at the BBC Gardeners' World Autumn Fair next month.

The event takes place at Audley End House and Gardens from September 1 to 3.

Lucy Chamberlain, plant expert and head gardener at East Donyland Hall near Colchester, has teamed up with Audley End kitchen gardeners Gemma Sturges and Kelly Fowler to create 'An Edible Garden Through Time'.

Visitors will begin their journey in a traditional 19th century kitchen garden, moving onto a family vegetable patch from 1968 - the year when Gardeners' World was first broadcast - before reaching a contemporary growing plot which reflects today's organic and wildlife-friendly gardening principles.

Next to the edible garden Lucy Chamberlain will host the 'Let's Grow' stage with BBC TV food present Chris Bavin.

The stage will feature a daily programme of autumnal food growing advice from expert guests.

Lucy said: "I’m so utterly thrilled to be involved with not only our grow your own-themed show garden at the Autumn Fair, but also the Let’s Grow Stage. Chatting all day about growing delicious edibles is my idea of heaven!

"I’m especially excited because many of my wonderful and knowledgeable gardening friends are joining us on the stage – there’s going to be such a buzz.

"The show garden is a new venture for myself, Kelly and Gemma, and we really hope we can create something special to resonate with the show visitors at Audley End.

"It’s a walk-through garden, so whether you love the grandeur of walled kitchen gardens, the preciseness and pride in 1960s plots, or the modern-day ethos of embracing wildlife and the environment, we can’t wait to showcase these wonderful and productive periods in time."

The event also features a display of Beautiful Borders, on the theme of 'my garden escape'. These are nine square metre designs offering inspiration for small gardens and challenging spaces.

Anna Johnston and Charlotte Seers, trainees with English Heritage's Historic and Botanic Gardens Training Programme at Audley End, will be making their design debut at the Autumn Fair, called 'Our Brewable Border'.


Their border will shine a spotlight on the different parts of plants that can be used to make teas and tisanes (herbal teas).

Anna said: "The space is inspired by the Victorian traditions of tea drinking, Audley End’s Kitchen Garden, and our own sense of calm, community and connection found during our gardening tea breaks."

Saffron Walden-based garden designer Christina Agbenorhevi will be entering the Beautiful Borders competition with 'And Breathe', a design that celebrates the sensory joy of nature.

Christina said: "One of life’s simple pleasures is to sit under a dappled tree canopy and take a deep breath.

"My Border is a space to be in tune with nature and have all your senses awakened; a carefully edited space to connect and share with people and wildlife."

Tickets to the Autumn Fair include access to Audley End House, gardens and grounds, and well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome.

To find out more and book tickets visit www.bbcgardenersworldfair.com.