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Malvern Autumn Show 2012

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Malvern Autumn Show 2012 rustic display of pumpkin and squash on old wooden crates

It is always good to be back at Malvern and after the extreemly wet summer to have blazing sunshine lighting up the show with the backdrop of the Malvern Hills behind.

Heading off before sunrise I arrived at Malvern to the perfect dawn, a photographers dream. In the Good Life Pavillion I headed to the Edible Gardens. “Dig for Victory” was a garden designed by Mark Walker. The garden was set in the  40`s and 50`s complete with sandbags and an Anderson shelter.

war garden Garden Designer Mark Walker edible garden Dig For Victory awarded Silver Gilt flora Malvern Autumn show 2012

Garden Designer Mark Walker edible garden Dig For Victory awarded Silver Gilt flora Malvern Autumn show 2012

Mark always pays great attention to the styling of his gardens. Garden Designer Mark Walker edible garden Dig For Victory awarded Silver Gilt flora Malvern Autumn show 2012

Even down to weeds growing on the paths of the garden, giving it a lovely vintage always been there feel.lettuce and border

The only garden awarded a gold was “A la Mode Dining” by Surrey Gardens, with raised beds of culinary herbs and vegetables, complete with copper cooking utensils on the walls.

Designer Caspian Robertson of Surrey Gardens A la Mode Dining awarded Gold Medal in the edible gardens Malvern Autumnshow 2012

Designer Caspian Robertson of Surrey Gardens A la Mode Dining awarded Gold Medal in the edible gardens Malvern Autumnshow 2012

I was pleased to see the Cottage Herbery next to the cookery demonstration area. Now I collect old trugs but didn`t have room for this giant one full of culinary and medicinal herbs.

The Cottage Herbery display awarded Silver Gilt Giant trug planted with herbs Malvern Autumn Show 2012

The Cottage Herbery display awarded Silver Gilt Giant trug planted with herbs Malvern Autumn Show 2012

Also in the Pavillion were Pennard Plants whose seed packets of Heirloom and Heritage seeds always give me a smile. Pennard Plants Heritage and Heirloom seed packets of variety of beans on display at Malvern Autumn show 2012

There seems to be a `vintage` feel creeping into the gardening world, this basket of vegetables from the Pennard Plants display took me straight back to my mothers old shopping basket.Pennard Plants basket of fresh vegetables vintage shopping basket old fashioned Malvern Autumn Show 2012

Malvern also has a fantastic display of veg, Dahlias and other plants in the Harvest Pavillion.

Vegetable competition Malvern Autumn Show 2012

Vegetable competition Malvern Autumn Show 2012

After a very difficult year for gardeners there was an amazing display on show. I did have envy seeing tomatoes on display as mine succumbed to blight this year. The Dahlia display I am always drawn to as it is one place you get to see absolutely perfect blooms. After such difficult conditions for growing there were less for me to photograph this year, my macro lens is unforgiving close up. Dahlia seedlings

The Harvest Pavillion is a great resource for photographers of flowers for a few reasons; for close up details the flower heads remain relatively still, varieties are usually named and the light is usually great as the marquee acts as a giant soft box.

The Floral Exhibits had the usual high quality of exhibitors from Nurseries around the UK.

Gentiana Violette

Gentiana Violette, from Edrom Nursery, Scotland

Aloe Polyphylla

Aloe Polyphylla, Trewidden Nursery, South west Cornwall

Sarracenia flava all green form, pitcher plant

Sarracenia Flava; Hampshire Carniverous Plants

My plant of this show went to Dahlia Harriet G as  it had such a presence about it, with its own pure glow.Dahlia Harriet G flower close up

Malvern is the last show of the calendar that I photograph, so here`s wishing you a safe warm winter and lets all wish for much better growing conditions in 2013.

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Author: Stephen Studd Photography

Stephen graduated from LCP in London in 1987 with a 2:1 BA Honours degree in photography. Since then he has travelled the world as a professional freelance travel & garden photographer. His photography has been published in many areas around the globe; from front cover of National Geographic magazine, to countless travel books, brochures and print media. His work has also been used in many advertising campaigns, with clients such as Fiat, Citigroup, Caribou Coffee, Expedia, BBC and countless others and his photography has picked up numerous international awards.. Stephen leads travel photography holidays and tours to Burma, Cambodia, Angkor Wat, Vietnam & the USA. He also leads Bluebell photography workshops in Gloucestershire and landscape photography workshops in the Gower, Wales. http://www.digitalphotographyholidays.com Stephen can be contacted for commissions via his photography website.

One thought on “Malvern Autumn Show 2012

  1. My plant of this show went to Dahlia Harriet G as it had such a presence about it, with its own pure glow.
    I am glad you like the dahlia as I raised it up in Cumbria.
    Take a look at the web site.

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