Build of the iconic show gardens of RHS Malvern Spring Festival began yesterday at the Three Counties Showground.
In celebration of National Gardening Week over 12 show gardeners took up tools and turf to begin the extensive process of bringing their designs to life. Each gardener hopes to take home the prestigious and highly coveted RHS accolades as the show unfolds from 5th – 8th May.
Ken Nottage, CEO of Three Counties, said: “Yesterday was a fantastic day marking the very beginning of RHS Malvern Spring Festival. It is the day when designs begin to transform plans to real gardens and the whole showground is buzzing with excitement. There is a real community amongst our show gardeners and the support they offer one another throughout the process is invaluable, something we are deeply proud to have here at RHS Malvern. This year’s show gardens will be a real spectacle with some incredible, diverse and creative talent showcasing their skills. We cannot wait to see this area of the show come to life over the coming weeks.”
Occupying a larger space at the showground than ever before, the Show Gardens are located at the heart of the Festival in the Festival Green supported by Worcester, Bosch Group. RHS Malvern Spring Festival has a long-standing reputation as a platform for the very best garden design talent. Last year’s event saw a record number of RHS Gold medals awarded.
The breaking of ground at RHS Malvern coincides with National Gardening Week, an RHS initiative launched in 2011. National Gardening Week has since grown into the nations biggest celebration of gardening. Thousands of people, gardens, charities, culture and heritage organisations support the annual event.
Promising an inspirational feast of horticultural talent, this year’s Show Gardens include:
- Wyevale Garden Centres in partnership with Historic Royal Palaces, Gardening amidst ruins, a homage to Capability Brown by Todd Longstaffe-Gowan Landscape Design ‘Gardening Amidst Ruins’ explores a lesser-known but compelling imaginative facet of Brown’s garden legacy. The design aims to create an evocation of one of his aviary/menagerie gardens.
- The Garden of Romance by Villaggio Verde A representation of parts of an old rustic Italian Cloister garden, an important outdoor space for those confined to their quarters in days gone by.
- A Japanese Reflection by Peter Dowle & Richard Jasper of Howle Hill Nursery Peter and Richard explore the Japanese technique of ‘Shakkei’, meaning ‘borrowed landscape’ with rolling hills as its backdrop symbolizing the constant and individual connection with a wider world.
- The Sunken Retreat by Graduate Gardeners The ‘Sunken Retreat’ has been designed for a couple with mature children, to relax in and entertain their friends and family.
- The UCARE Garden by Emily Sharpe of Garden Stories The UCARE Garden is inspired by Broughton Castle, a fortified manor house near Banbury in Oxfordshire and home to Lord and Lady Saye and Sele, patrons of the charity.
- The Woodcutter Garden by Mark Walker Based on The Woodcutters story penned by the designer himself, Mark’s design is set in a place from yesteryear when the actions of recycling and living sustainability were part of the day-to-day norm.
- ‘Time is a Healer’ in support of The Primrose Hospice by Martyn Wilson The garden provides a tranquil space for counseling the bereaved with a focus on children who have lost a loved one.
- Macmillan Legacy Garden by Mark Eveleigh in support of Macmillan Cancer Support The Macmillan Legacy Garden takes inspiration from a wonderful overgrown garden in Worcestershire.
- Milleflori ‘A Garden of One Thousand Flowers’ by RHS Students of CW Horticultural Training The structure and hard landscaping of this formal garden is inspired by the beautiful ancient ‘Milleflori’ glasswork found amongst the Staffordshire Hoards.
Alongside the outstanding Show Gardens will be three Festival Gardens. This category offers up and coming garden design talent a platform to showcase their skills. This year’s designs follow the theme of Hidden Gems and are supported by Readyhedge, Wyevale Nurseries and Keyscape Landscape Design and Construction. Three designs have been selected from numerous applicants:
- 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.
- 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 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.
RHS Malvern Spring Festival takes place from Thursday 5 May until Sunday 8 May 2016. Tickets are now on sale. For more information on ticket prices, please call 01684 584900 or visit www.rhsmalvern.co.uk