RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2015
Visit the RHS Malvern Spring Festival 7-10 May, set by the beautiful Malvern Hills and enjoy all things floral and horticultural in the setting of rural Worcestershire.
We paid a visit to central England, to the extensive Three Counties Showground to see the horticultural show RHS Malvern Spring Festival and we weren’t disappointed. The sun was out, albeit with a shower or two, and this really lit up the great Show and Festival Gardens.
So have a walk around, take notes on great plant and design ideas and be sure to attend the talks and demonstrations on gardening and cooking. It’s a great day out and at such a lovely time of the year.
Congratulations to 'An Andalusian Moment' for getting the award for Best Show Garden. With a beautiful backdrop of an authentic Spanish façade you’re transported to the Mediterranean. We liked the wall-mounted geraniums (right). Why not try this example of vertical gardening at home? You can use pockets or hanging baskets for your geraniums as an alternative to hanging terra cotta pots.
When gardening for wildlife be creative and inventive – look at this dual purpose bug-hotel benches in ‘The Journey Garden, supported by St Michael’s Hospice’ (right). You enjoy sitting on these benches in summer and the bugs will take residence hibernating in winter. Perfect.
Providing an opportunity to newcomers, designers are granted a £3000 bursary to help them create a garden. We had a look at these fantastic gardens and picked up some great plant and design ideas.
Plant soft informal perennials amid formal structures like in this Festival Garden ‘Beating the Blues’. You‘ll create visual impact that looks really smart.
Want to create a two-tone flower display in your garden? It’s an effective design style that highlighted well in the Festival Garden 'As Mad as a Hatter, in association with Christys’ Hats' (top picture). Purples of wallflowers and alliums on one side and warm oranges of euphorbia and tulips on the other.
The Malvern Floral Marquee is bursting with garden plants. Pay a visit and take in the glorious scent of flowers. Take a notepad and jot down some ideas for your own garden. Here are some plant ideas we noticed;
We love chrysanthemums with their diversity of colour, size and form. This year nursery Chrysanthemums Direct put on vase displays of two contrasting varieties.
Try it at home- choose two varieties that complement each other and in late-summer cut stems for vases indoors. Simple but effective.
Pelargonium ‘Spellbound’ is a lovely bedding plant for the summer, with its two tone pink blooms. Deadhead the spent blooms of geraniums to encourage further flowering for a longer seasonal display and feed with a high potassium feed for more and more flowers.
Blousy blooms of Begonias (right). These bedding plants are great – the leaves are thick, lush and bold and they offer big flower power. Have these in your flowerbeds, containers or hanging baskets and give your garden floral pizzazz.
A great family day out
RHS Malvern Spring Festival is a great day out for the family. And on Sunday 10 May it’s Family Day. There’s a timetable of activities for kids throughout the day as well as things to see and do in general.
From 12-1.30pm children can get their hands dirty in a planting workshop with the guidance of children’s TV stars Mr Bloom and Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins. With shows and workshops throughout the day, it’s a fun and educational day for the children.
Have a look at the creative School Gardens (right) - all created with a ‘Malvern heritage’ theme in mind. The planting’s great and the Gardens really bring across the pupils’ enthusiasm for getting out an gardening.
The Learning Garden is a permanent plot at the show and provides a lovely haven and learning hub for children. Get the family involved on Sunday 10 May in planting a rainbow display of colourful and contribute your family’s bit of planting to the plot.