This years Malvern Spring Gardening Show started off very wet and muddy. The show garden designers had it tough on the lead up to the show with record amounts of rain. Thankfully the show went on and after a wet start to Thursday the subsequent days were dry and sunny.
Graduate Gardeners Ltd garden “A Place to Reflect” designed by Ann Steed & Ian Morrison gained them their 5th gold and fourth in a row Best Show Garden. The vertical fern wall and stainless steel water chute was a much talked about feature.
The seating area backed by a highly skilled laid Cotswold dry stone wall and a circular butterfly garden wall feature.
Stepping stones over a black pebble pool lead you to the rear of the garden.
Un Poco de Hogar (A Little Bit of Home) designed by Alchemy Gardens, the alchemists of stone, with Villagio Verde`s ancient olive trees amongst the cascades of water and the Mediterranean herbs on the slope at 5.30am sunrise transported me to the Alpujarras in Spain, especially with the deep cyan sky and warm light.
Mediterranean herbs such as lavender, thyme and rosemary drift around the garden.
The refreshing water cascade running down two sides of the garden over reclaimed stone run into a deep cavern.
“Hasten Slowly” designed by Imogen Cox Associates was a large show garden with an amazing green oak pergola reminiscent of a barn frame, paved underneath, with a rill running through the garden into the wildlife pond.
The rill runs straight through the garden over the path under the pergola with a gentle flow to the wildlife pond which is edged with Primulas and Geums.
Hanging over a formal pool is a seat attached to a grand green oak frame.
The theme for the School Gardens was Sustainability for All. Our future young designers gave us lots of very useful and practical ideas for reducing waste and reusing materials for living in a more sustainable way.
With the very difficult conditions we have experienced in Spring the floral Marquee still managed to put on a great display, though many of the nurseries had needed better conditions for full bloom.
My favourite flower at the show was Meconopsis Sheldonii- Himalayan Blue Poppy, photographed from underneath looking up in to the flower.
Next stop Chelsea.