The Malvern Spring Gardening Show
PUBLISHED: 18:02 17 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:21 20 February 2013
This year's Malvern Spring Gardening Show won Royal approval, proving how it has blossomed since its humble beginnings in a cow shed, says Debbie Graham
Growing from strength to strength
This years Malvern Spring Gardening Show won Royal approval, proving how it has blossomed since its humble beginnings in a cow shed, says Debbie Graham
The 2010 Malvern Spring Gardening Show was hardly recognisable as the event that began 25 years ago in a cattle shed. Now it is one of the most prestigious dates on the RHS calendar.
Around 85,000 visitors attended this year, braving the unpredictable weather to see the stunning horticultural exhibits from the vast floral marquee which was a haze of colour and scents created by the 100 nurseries exhibiting there, to the show gardens, school gardens and the special anniversary garden.
Malcolm Hodges, a founding member of the original show committee, said he was delighted beyond belief at the shows success and that it has
exceeded all expectations. In recognition of his work, this years guest of honour, The Princess Royal presented Malcolm with a painting.
Her Royal Highness also took time to speak to exhibitors and congratulate the medal winners during her visit and, despite the unseasonable weather playing havoc with the plants, there were plenty of medals with 27 nurseries in the floral marquee achieving gold, along with 42 silver gilts. One of the gold winners was Grange Farm Nurseries from Malvern which also won the marquees overall peoples choice competition with a stunning, fairytale display complete with a clock to mark the shows 25 years.
The show gardens were not outdone either with two out of the 22 winning gold and another five receiving silver gilt medals. These included show first-timers, garden designer Alison Miles of Hollymead Garden Design of Leominster and landscaper Steve Moore of Avenue Landscapes Ltd. from Hereford working together to take silver gilt for their chic and stylish contemporary garden.
It was designed by Alison, says Steve to show people what could be done in a small garden and took around three weeks to install. The late spring did not help calm the nerves either, as many of the plants were not ready in time.
It was horrendous, we had to change the planting plan a number of times, even on the day when we had the plants delivered we had to reject a number because they would not have lasted the show and so it was a bit of a struggle.
We were running around all the nurseries looking for plants, said Steve.
Herefordshires Holme Lacy College took the overall peoples choice in the schools section and gained a Highly Commended.
Working to a futuristic theme their garden, entitled The Time Machine, fast-forwarded to 2035 and predicted how fruit and vegetables would be grown then. It came complete with a plastic bottle Tardis.
Helen Fox, team leader for the Holme Lacy learning disability department said: I was thrilled for all the students and staff who had put in a huge amount of work and effort and who had taken so much pride in creating the garden.
For some of our young people who had never achieved, it was just a fantastic experience; the whole part of it and meeting Princess Anne just capped it all.