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Garden designer and TV presenter Ann-Marie Powell to visit Orpington as part of national gardening campaign

PUBLISHED: 10:46 25 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:22 25 April 2017

Ann-Marie Powell

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She will be at the Homebase store to give a live demonstration

Gardening tips from Ann-Marie Powell:

- First choose your Garden Goal. The focus on your goal and get started, as soon as possible.

- Once you’ve got a picture in your mind of what you want your garden to look like, work backwards and put together an achievable task list to help you get there.

- Be realistic about how much time you have and break your task list down accordingly. If you have just half an hour after work each day, weed a small patch of flowerbed each evening until it’s done.

- Start small like deadheading your plants for maximum summer growth.

- Break bigger jobs down into small tasks and tackle each task, one at a time.

- You don’t have to start from scratch. If you’re really strapped for time, use time-saving ideas to give you a head start. Buy ready-made herbs and plug plants or use long-flowering summer plants.

- If you’re feeling overwhelmed, start by thinking about where you will get the most enjoyment from your garden and start from there.

- If you lose your motivation, don’t panic. Wait for the next sunny day and start again.

- Remember, a little bit of gardening can reap big rewards

Garden designer and TV presenter Ann-Marie Powell will visit Homebase in Orpington on Friday, April 28, to give a live garden demonstration as part of a national gardening campaign.

The Garden Goals campaign, set up by Homebase, aims to show inexperienced gardeners how to create the outdoors look they want.

Ms Powell has created five garden types to choose from: an edible garden; a wildlife garden; a colourful garden; a garden for entertaining, and a patio garden.

During her visit, running from 12pm-2pm, she will demonstrate ways to achieve each garden, and share advice and tips on how to get gardens ready for summer.

Visitors can join the 10-week challenge to tranform their gardens at the end of the demonstration.

Research from Homebase reveals that over two thirds of people, 73 per cent, in the south east would spend more time outdoors if they were happier with their garden, and nearly a quarter, 24 per cent, don’t have time to achieve the garden they’d like.

Ms Powell is the winner of gold medals at both the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.

As well as presenting the RHS Chelsea Flower Show on BBC1, she has appeared on gardening shows including Real gardens, Lost Gardens and as the gardening expert on ITV’s This Morning.

She presented The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge on BBC2 and The Great Garden Challenge on Channel 4.

Ms Powell said: “When surrounded by post-winter chaos, I find that the best approach it is to set myself goals to keep me on track and use my time as productively as possible. Getting clear on my garden goals and having a picture in my mind of how I want my garden to look before I start, means come summer, I have the flowers, vegetables and outdoor space I pictured.

“Each of us has a different reason for creating a garden and we don’t all have the time to spend hours outside every day. But whether you’ve got an hour, a day or a week to devote to it, there’s always something you can do that will make a difference.

“A little bit of forethought and careful planning can be the difference between creating a garden that’s perfectly fine and creating a garden that you love.”

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