Top Design Talent To Showcase at RHS Malvern Spring Festival

Top Design Talent To Showcase at RHS Malvern Spring Festival
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RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2016 welcomes a pedigree of show garden designers competing for prestigious RHS accolades including Gold medals and the coveted Best In Show.

A total of 12 show gardens will be on display at the event taking place this May, with the finest in horticulture showcasing their designs.

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.

Ken Nottage, CEO of Three Counties, said: “We are thrilled to once again be hosting a magnificent group of garden design talent including many an existing RHS Gold Medal winner. Both familiar favourites and newcomers alike form our 2016 line up and the designs are looking truly outstanding. This year the Show Gardens will dominate the Festival Green with the stunning Malvern Hills as a backdrop, I am told that in total they occupy the same space as three Olympic Swimming Pools. The RHS judging panel is going to have a tough job choosing between them. We cannot wait to see them transform the Showground later this Spring.”

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. Highlights from the show will feature on the BBC’s Gardeners’ World. This year’s designs include: 

Wyevale Garden Centres in partnership with Historic Royal Palaces, Gardening amidst ruins, a homage to Capability Brown by Todd Longstaffe-Gowan Landscape Design

Todd’s garden celebrates the tercentenary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Celebrated eighteenth-century landscape genius that shaped the grounds and vistas of many of our much loved aristocratic and stately homes. ‘Capability’ Brown was formerly Master Gardener at Hampton Court Palace.

‘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. Todd’s garden aspired to breathe life into vanished gardens, and attempts to convey the playfulness of a forgotten aspect of eighteenth-century English gardening. 

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. Today, the garden plays host to weddings and blessing ceremonies. Over time the fragrant planting has been allowed to ‘spread’ and mature.

A Japanese Reflection by Peter Dowle & Richard Jasper of Howle Hill Nursery

The garden speaks to bring some of the magic of a Japanese garden to English soil. 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 design features enclosed sunken seating to enjoy the morning sun and into the evening.  Surrounded by trees and shade/semi shade planting, the Prunus serrula trees offer a canopy of privacy. The water features give reflection, sound and serenity to the space.  

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 beautiful pink UCARE tulip, Tulipa ‘Caresse’ will stand proud in this garden as a symbol of hope in the treatment and care of patients with urological cancers.

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.  This rustic and colourful garden is intended to inspire and provoke conversation. Students from Weston College South West have played a part in the design and build of this garden.

‘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. Martyn’s design seeks to build awareness of Primrose Hospice and the many support services they offer the community.

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. The original design was built in the same year as Macmillan Cancer Support’s founding in 1911. Both were designed to leave an impactful lasting legacy.

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.  It is a colourful and vibrant spring garden with vertical and horizontal interest wrapped around a wonderful arbour – inviting visitors to take the journey to the centre and pause for a moment.  

RHS Malvern Spring Festival takes place from Thursday 5 May until Sunday 8 May 2016.  For more information on ticket prices, please call 01684 584900 or visit