In 2010 over 30 garden bloggers from all over the world met for the first ever UK get together at RHS Malvern Spring Show. This blog documents the lead up to that event plus the subsequent informal get togethers we've had in Malvern. There are also insights into the events of 2009, insider views from various exhibitors and personal views of Malvern and surrounding places of interest.
Thus this blog also forms a valuable resource for anyone wanting to visit either the spring or autumn versions of the show, or contemplating a visit to the area.
The Malvern Spring Show is set for a bumper edition this year, with Carol Klein set to join James in the Plants and People Arena on Friday and Saturday. Joe Swift will be also there on Saturday as usual, despite the show garden build at Chelsea kicking off a few days before Malvern commences.
Allotments get a feature to themselves - hosted by Terry Walton and Reg Moules and there's over 100 exhibitors in the Floral Marquee with many more set to join them in the outdoor sales area.
On the show gardens side of things Chris Beardshaw has designed a feature to celebrate 30 years of Groundwork and is supporting the new Painting with Plants initiative. Another Chelsea show garden designer taking some time out for Malvern!
I'm hoping to be there on Thursday and possibly Friday or Saturday. It all depends on how family matters pan out over the next few weeks...
Bryan's Ground - during 2011's Malvern Spring Show
This year saw the end of the Chris Beardshaw Mentorship. However, that doesn't mean his involvement with the Malvern Spring Show will be ending. Yesterday a new show feature Painting With Plants was announced with Chris very much to the fore. As he's also returning to Chelsea with a show garden next year, for him May will certainly be busy!
10 borders will be displayed, each inspired by a painting, photograph or a landscape. I was certainly inspired by Bryan's Ground earlier this year, which very much has an artistic feel to it, so who knows perhaps it might also feature at the show next year? The border will be purely plants - no hardscaping -so it'll be interesting to see what each entrant comes up with.
This new initiative is designed to put the focus on community groups, schools and charities and the top three designs will each receive a prize of £1,000 for their nominated good cause. Have a look at the explanatory letter and entry form if you think this is for you.
The Malvern Autumn Show is always a celebration of harvest time, particularly the local cider apples and perry pears like those in the picture. Did you know the Three Counties Showground has the national collection of perry pears? I must try to find them. If you're staying in the area, you might like to follow this cider and perry trail :)
The show starts next Saturday and already Deb Bird is hard at work putting together her next show garden which like the others will have an edible theme. Thank goodness all of them will be in a tent, seeing some more miserable weather is forecast for the next couple of days!
Currently I'm not sure if I'll be at the show owing to family commitments. However, Ann Somerset Miles will be blogging live from the event (probably in her many blogging guises!) and Mark Diacono is firmly part of the weekend's programme. With Deb in attendance too (do go and say hello!), it looks like there's plenty of opportunity for an informal get together over the weekend. I'll round up any posts I find afterwards, and fingers crossed I get to see you there.
Do let me know if you're going (and the day) and I'll put up a list below, so you can keep an eye out for each other...