Of course, the Show Gardens at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival are stunning, and you can see my pick of this year’s Show Gardens in this post. But there’s a lot more to see, as I found out when I visited the show last month.
Mark and I usually try and cover the show gardens at the start of our visit. Then we know that if the weather turns, we can always take cover in the Floral Marquee.
It’s one of my favourite parts of any gardening show, because I absolutely love the gorgeous displays of cut flowers. The colours are always stunning, and I love seeing the new varieties which are available.
Of course, the Floral Marquee always has plenty of places to spend your money, and this year’s marquee welcomed over 60 growers. Mark particularly likes to visit the hosta stands and the bonsai displays. As well as picking up some plants for the garden, it’s good to spot the brand new varieties which will be available at next year’s shows.
There are some that I always look out for at every show, like the beautiful Hippeastrum flowers at the top of the photo above. But my absolute favourite flowers are lilies, and I always make a beeline for the lily nurseries as soon as we go into the Floral Marquee. We don’t grow lilies in our garden since Charlie joined our family, because their bulbs are highly toxic for dogs. But I still love to treat myself to a bouquet of cut flowers from time to time. And the scent from displays like this is absolutely intoxicating – I love it!
I also enjoy looking through the Grow to Show section in the Wye Hall at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival. This is where clubs, societies and individuals compete to win best exhibit in their categories. It’s really interesting to look through the entries and spot which won first prize. There’s everything from floral art and children’s displays, as well as all the different plant and tree categories. I keep on trying to convince Mark to enter a tree in the bonsai section – maybe next year…?
This year I was really taken by some of the larger floral displays which were entered in the competition.
This display had a really ethereal, magical feel about it, I thought it was particularly beautiful.
There’s also plenty of shopping to be done at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival, and you’re bound to find something that appeals. A large section of the Wye hall was dedicated to food shopping, and we enjoyed walking around sampling the wares.
Meanwhile, over in the Country Living marquee, there were plenty of home and lifestyle stands. You could pick up clothing, jewellery, scented candles, and I absolutely loved these gorgeous jugs from Boop Design. Their beautiful ceramic mugs, jugs and vases are all handmade in Britain. I love their delicate decoration, and I’ve bookmarked the Christmas range for later in the year!
And if you’re looking for something a little unusual to decorate your home, then take a look at Jo Verity Designs.
She uses decoupage to decorate picture frames, mirrors, bowls and even animal skulls! They looked absolutely stunning and I’ve definitely got my eye on a couple of pieces.
But it’s a shame to spend the whole day indoors, when there’s so much to see outside at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival. Not least of all the stunning backdrop which is provided by the Malvern Hills. It really is a gorgeous location for a garden show!
We saw lots to tempt us outdoors at the show this year. As well as the plants, trees and bulbs which can be bought from a wide range of nurseries, there’s also plenty of other garden necessities on sale.
I’m not sure I can claim that this gorgeous home office counts as a necessity. But it looks so good, I really do think that I need one!
There was plenty to keep visitors occupied throughout the day, and the show has a real family feel. Children under 16 enjoyed free admission on all four days of the show, and there was lots for them to see and do. I really wanted to call into the inflatable Planetarium for one of their child-focused shows, which sounded really exciting.
There was also a Herb Hunt for children in the Health and Wellbeing Garden – click through to my Show Gardens post to find out more about this Jekka McVicar-designed garden. And the Exploration Zone was hosting all sorts of activities like container-planting workshops from Norseman Direct, rural skills from the Farming Sisters, and circus skills from Mr Alexander!