I was so privileged to be gifted press tickets to RHS Malvern Spring Festival. The month of May has come to mark my annual trip to an RHS show to set me up with all the inspiration I need to tackle my ever-challenging garden. After my first RHS show experience at Chelsea, last year I was thrilled with my second show at RHS Malvern, so this year I just couldn’t wait to return.
Green Living Spaces
This year the show gardens continued last year’s theme of ‘Green Living Spaces’ and boy did they deliver the ultimate inspiration for blending the outside and inside, with particular focus on smaller garden and renters. My favourite garden was ‘The Orange Express’, a mediterranean garden infused with lemon, orange and olive. I loved how tranquil and wild it all felt, I could definitely steal a few hours in this garden
The Smaller Gardens
As much as my heart skipped a beat for ‘The Orange Express’, the smaller show gardens combined aspiration with attainability. For me, a garden is a space to be lived in and enjoyed, a living space with walls of leaves and blooms. I loved each of small garden and shot lots of images to study later.
The Permanent Gardens
RHS Malvern features a number of permanent spaces that serve as a consistent inspiration to visitors year upon year. The Caves Folly Nurseries’ Garden always draws me inside. Crafted from entirely from repurposed and reclaimed materials in a way that attracts wildlife, the space is an ode to beautiful eco gardens’
RHS Malvern: More Than Inspiration
The reason why I returned to RHS Malvern this year was because the festival not only fills your gardening Inspo boots, but then allows you to peruse the finest plant, accessory and tool merchants from across the UK. The horticultural sellers are incredibly knowledgeable and are keen to share their expertise to help you choose and care for the best plants for your outdoor and indoors spaces.
I treated myself to a couple of new hydrangeas (It’s an addiction, I know), two beautiful Manuka plants that the bees just adore and some Heuchera.
Seeing so many plants in one place that you don’t typically see at your local garden centre is a great way to add something really special to your flowerbeds.
My new plants are all safely planted in their new spots around the garden and I can’t wait to see how they flourish over the coming weeks.
I went along with my friend, Kelly and we were still enjoying ourselves when the show closed. Between the gardens, flower marquee, artisan food and antique markets, there was so much to see and do. It really is a fantastic day out, especially when fuelled by wood fired pizza. (Other yummy street foods are available.)
I enjoyed a wonderful day, I can’t imagine celebrating the start of each spring with my annual trip to RHS Malvern Spring Festival.
So, who wants to come with me next year?