A Worcestershire business which won the Worcestershire Innovation’s ‘Make It Happen’ challenge in 2018 has moved into new offices at The Pillar Business Hub in Pershore, next to Wychavon’s District Council’s offices.
Nikki’s Hollier’s innovative ‘Border In A Box’ is a ready-made garden kit that provides a template for a garden border, showing users which plant goes where and providing a handy shopping list of items to buy from the garden centre.
And she’s seen business almost double over the last 18 months as we’ve all been confined to our homes thanks to the pandemic. And who wants to look out at a bland garden, front or back, when you’re spending so much time at home?
She’s also diversified and now her website holds an increasing number of new products for budding gardeners. She also won a Silver Merit Award for her show garden at the Gardener’s World Live at the NEC in Birmingham.
Nikki Hollier developed the idea for the business, Border in a Box a few years ago when she moved into a ‘new build’ property.
The garden was a blank canvas – just turf and a wooden fence, which looked so boring and uninspiring, and she didn’t know where to start.
“It felt overwhelming and my funds were almost non-existent, so to buy the services of a professional garden designer was out of reach. This meant I had to create it myself which I loved so much that I decided to leave my career in IT and retrained as a garden designer. It was difficult moving into horticulture – the plant names were tricky and they all had different characteristics and needs, There was so much to learn.”
While there is a lot of information available, Nikki felt it took time to wade through it all and so came up with an easy-to-follow plan that everyone could use and also enjoy the process of creating their own garden.
She said; ‘Winning the WINN Challenge in 2018 was the perfect confidence booster at a time when I really needed to push my business forward. It gave me the reassurance that people believed in me and my brand and it enabled me to meet other innovative individuals, some of whom have provided me with invaluable support and guidance on my branding, packaging and PR.’
“I use the analogy of cooking – there are lots of cook books out there, and you can buy all the ingredients from the supermarket, but if someone gave you a kit with everything in it, it would make life so much easier. Ta-dah! Border in a Box is here for you. It takes the anxiety out of trying to work out what goes where and the plants will live longer than a month!
“I love creating planting plans and designing gardens, so immediately after finishing my college course, I applied to the Royal Horticultural Society to create a show garden. It was such an exciting project, and I won a silver medal and People’s Choice Award.”