Celebrating variety in the Floral Marquee
More than 70 nurseries, including 16 new introductions, made up the Floral Marquee at this year's show, celebrating a wide range of different plants. Winner of the Best Floral Marquee Exhibit went to Andy's Air Plants, a nursery having only shown at one previous RHS Show (Cardiff, which took place in April). The well-deserved award recognised his collection of bromeliads, especially Tillandsia and also Neoregelia, which were displayed to their best, growing both on dead branches as well as on the ground. The Floral Marquee and Plant Arcade is a huge draw for visitors looking for top quality plants to buy.
►See the awards given for the Floral Marquee
A knitted work of heart
Featured as part of the Live Well Zone, a special garden was knitted by Clare Young. The Work of Heart Garden in support of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice was a poignant display created by Clare and other knitters. The garden was made in tribute to Clare's late husband and the hospice that cared for him. As part of her road to recovery, Clare used knitting to counter her post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety after her husband's death. The resulting garden was one full of colour, texture and symbolism.
Carefully crafted Show Garden
In our beautiful Show Gardens category, the Best Show Garden went to The Perfumer's Garden. An exploration into the art of perfume making, this garden combined herbal and medicinal plants. Copper piping acted as a visual and physical support to many of the plants. Divided into four central segments, the density of planting ensured every inch of space was filled, both with plants at ground level, as well as trees such as silver birch and pencil cypress.
School Gardens explore Great Britain
RHS Malvern Spring Festival was a creative space for all ages and the hugely popular School Gardens, supported by Nationwide Building Society, returned for their twelfth year with 12 gardens exploring the theme of Great Britain. The winner of the Best School Garden was awarded to Three Counties Home Educators for their Beatrix Potter Garden.
►See the awards given for School Gardens
Innovative Green Living Spaces
Four creative and distinctive gardens offered plenty of inspiration for gardening in small spaces. From the clever use of recycled household objects to make seats and planters in Outside Number 39 to outdoor shelving laden with micro-herbs in At Home – Grow, Dine, Relax, these gardens proved that growing your own can make your garden beautiful as well as providing bountiful harvests for the table.
Tantalising talks theatres
Two talks theatres hosted demonstrations daily, while around the showground four other venues had ongoing programmes and demonstrations suitable for both children and adults.
Eco, Green & Growing festival feel
The Eco, Green & Growing area of the show focused on the themes of eco-gardening, food growing and community, along with celebrating the best of countryside activities. There were interactive workshops, talks and demonstrations abound, with plenty to do for all ages of visitors - from trying your hand at rural crafts to talking to skilled and passionate people.
Great Pavilion of Art and Flowers
To celebrate the best of creativity, flowers and design, visitors headed for the Great Pavilion of Art and Flowers, a huge marquee full of inspiration. Welcomed by a Morgan car festooned with flowers, a myriad of arrangements showed the beauty that comes from floral art. There was also a range of enjoyable talks from guests such as Jonathan Moseley and Nick Grounds.
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