The Festival Gardens category offers amateur garden designers; those still at college or just launching their careers the chance to build a show garden. Following the theme of Hidden Gems, the ideas that have inspired this year’s designers is diverse: from a rural idyll to urban retreats.
Four designers who have never built a show garden before have been selected. They receive a £3,000 bursary and additional sponsorship from Readyhedge, Wyevale Nurseries, and Keyscape Landscape Design and Construction. They also have invaluable mentoring and expert tuition from a panel of horticultural and design experts.
This year’s Festival Gardens are:
A Private Refuge by Pippa Shennan of Earthmark Garden Design
Pippa’s design represents the need for peace and wellbeing among the clamour of modern life.
Kokowall Noise Barriers provide sound insulation and high panel trees provide privacy and pollution absorption, while bubbling water and bird song create a calming atmosphere.
The Water Spout by Christian Dowle of Garden Inspiration
Inspiration for Christian’s design comes from the numerous natural springs that emerge from granite rock of the Malvern Hills.
Movement and sound from water in the garden adds layers of engagement for the visitor. The planting leads the eye up to the spout, while a stream leads the eye back down the path.
The Low Line by Pro-gardens Ltd
A design influenced by the rejuvenation of the High Line in Manhattan by designer Piet Oudolf. It seeks to show a piece of intense natural beauty with the sprawling metropolis of reality.
A large waterfall brings movement and sound to the garden, while slatted walling along the perimeter represents the looming architecture of urban life.
Hidden Gems of Worcestershire by Styling Homes and Gardens
By intertwining technology with agriculture, and history with space, this design celebrates the diversity of Worcestershire. Sheep sculptures pay homage to the rich heritage of the wool trade and a black and white colour scheme signifies the world’s oldest continually published newspaper, Berrow’s Worcester Journal. A circular seating area represents the concentric rings of a telescope and granite setts depict the solar panels of a spaceship.
RHS Malvern Spring Festival, 5 May - 8 May 2016