The International Garden Show

Embrace your garden

As you are aware many of the garden shows have had to be cancelled this year due to the Coronavirus threat, not least the popular and world-renowned Melbourne show in Australia and the RHS Flower Shows around the UK.

We recently ran a competition for the Melbourne show with the winners due to be creating their planting design exhibits this week. At LCGD we are committed to supporting new designer talent through planting design both in Australia and the UK and so the competition hasn’t been cancelled, it’s just been taken online with our new International Garden Show. Over the next few weeks we hope to share these creations being made by designers in their own gardens and backyards.

You can also get involved!

If you can safely get out into an open space and create a new planting design, whether it’s your own garden or a community space we want to hear from you. Even if you can’t get outside we want to see what you have designed on paper. There’s even a photography category.

What we’re looking for

We want you to design a great planting scheme that shows your skills and your idea off on a theme of ‘Embrace your garden’. You might decide to create a wildlife friendly design, a waterwise planting for summer droughts or party planting in pots for a balcony. More details are in ‘How to enter’ below.

Categories and prizes

Professional Designer – the best design will win a student bursary worth £5,000 for a place on the LCGD London Planting Design Diploma in 2021 or 2022.

Schools and Children – we’ll send you the plants and materials when schools reopen to help you realise your design anywhere in the UK, Australia or New Zealand.

Photography – the great garden shoot off – email us a great photograph of the planting you’re doing in your garden whether its sowing seeds or planting vegetables and we’ll feature the best on our Instagram pages with a special exhibition for the top 20 later in the year and a prize of a free photography course.

How to enter

Actual planting schemes

Your planting schemes should be at least 5 square metres and no more than 10 square metres and can be part of a larger garden. Send us no more than 2 photos with a covering email with your details to

Designs on paper

For either of the categories whether professional or children and schools you should design a space no larger than 10 square metres in any shape. Your submission should be on a single A3 page and include an outline drawing and brief explanation of your idea including the plants you would like to use.

Please email your submission as a pdf file no larger than 10MB to


Please email your photo as a file no larger than 10MB to

Design tips

Follow our Instagram, Youtube and Facebook pages for a new series of top tips for designing with plants and search for #intheirgarden

Some rules

1. The competition is open to anyone in the UK, Australia and New Zealand and will close on 30th June 2020.

2. For the professional designer’s prize the prize is available to anyone in the UK, Australia or New Zealand but you will need to be eligible to study in the UK for 5 months in either 2021 or 2022.

3. There is one school prize in each of the UK, Australia and New Zealand. We will supply materials and plants to the winning school wherever they are once the school reopens but reserve the right to give you some advice and send substitute plants that may not be in your design.

4. The decision of the judges is final, the judges will be announced at a later date.

5. No correspondence will be entered into apart from to contact winners.

6. By sending us your submission or photographs you grant us permission to use them on social media, on our websites and for winners in any press coverage.

We are still supporting The Belvoir Castle Flower and Garden Show 2020 competition in July 2020 – for further details please search for this on social media.