Up and coming garden design talent will be given a platform to showcase their skills at this year’s RHS Malvern Spring Festival.
The hugely popular Festival Gardens category will return for its third year following roaring success since its launch in 2014. This year’s designs will follow the theme of Hidden Gems and have been supported by Readyhedge, Wyevale Nurseries and Keyscape Design and Construction.
Ken Nottage, CEO of Three Counties, said: “We’re extremely proud to be welcoming back the Festival Gardens category for its third year running. RHS Malvern has always been an event that champions up and coming talent. Over the past two years we’ve seen many fledgling gardeners find their feet with Festival Gardens and have now gone on to have storming careers in the gardening world. This year’s designs are shaping up to be some of our best yet and I cannot wait to see them come to life.”
The Festival Gardens category offers amateur garden designers and anyone with a passion for gardening the chance to build a show garden. Following the theme of Hidden Gems, this year’s designs draw inspiration from anything from a historical building, a garden, rural idyll, plant or even works of art. Designers are given the freedom and opportunity to express themselves through the medium of plants and gardens.
Four designs have been selected from numerous applicants, with the winning designers receiving a £3,000 bursary and expert tuition from a panel of horticultural and design experts including RHS Judge and plant chorepgrapher John Cunningham and RHS Gold Medal winning designer Rupert Keys of Keyscape Design and Construction. This year’s Festival Gardens are:
Hidden Gems of Worcestershire by Styling Homes and Gardens
By intertwining technology with agriculture and history with space age, this design celebrates the diversity and horticultural beauty of Worcestershire.
Sheep sculptures add interest to the space and pay homage to the county’s rich heritage with the wool trade. A black and white colour scheme signifies the world’s oldest continually published newspaper, the Berrow’s Journal. A circular seating area represents the concentric rings of a telescope with granite sets depicting the solar panels of a spaceship.
The Low Line by Pro-gardens Ltd
A design heavily inspired by the recent rejuvenation of the High Line in Manhattan, New York by Piet Oudolf. The garden aims to evoke feelings of open space, movement and tranquility. The design seeks to remove the viewer from the relentless scripting of modern life to showcase a piece of intense national beauty with the sprawling metropolis of reality.
A large waterfall feature brings movement and sound to the garden, while large rustic metal sculptures offer a nod to the garden’s history. Slatted walling along the east perimeter represents the looming architecture of urban living.
The Water Spout by Christian Dowle of Garden Inspiration
Inspirations for Christian’s design comes from the numerous waterspouts and natural springs that emerge from granite rock all over the Malvern Hills.
Movement and sound from water in the garden adds layers to the depth of engagement by the visitor. The planting aims to lead the eye up the garden to the spout, as the stream leads the eye back down the path. The garden provides a gentle, restful retreat from a busy, fast moving world.
RHS Malvern Spring Festival takes place from Thursday 5 May until Sunday 8 May 2016. Tickets are now on sale. For more information and to book tickets, please call 01684 584900 or visit www.rhsmalvern.co.uk