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.

Friday, 12 March 2010

Tennessee Will Be Represented At Malvern


The seed was planted by Gail of Clay And Limestone. When the announcement was made by the perfectly pedicured VP of Veg Plotting and Helen of Patient Gardener about a blogger meet up at the Spring Gardening Show in Malvern Hills, and they threw the invitation open to the rest of the blogdom, regardless of locale, the dreaming began. We, Gail and I, chatted on the phone and in emails about how wonderful it would be if we could attend. But of course it was an impossible dream. Flying across the ocean was the biggest obstacle, how could it even be considered? The cost, the time, the all around scariness, no, it could not happen no matter how enticing the offer.

Time passes, wheels turning, cogs clicking all the while. In a lifetime of gardening, the gardens of England have always held the greatest allure. It is the one place singing the sweet siren call to get a true homebody to leave her garden, home and pillow. In spite of a great dislike of airplanes, airports and heights in general, inquiries were made as to the availability of flights, just to see what was out there. That was all it took, that first step. Suddenly the decision was made, it was possible, even probable that we would attend the Malvern Meet Up. The seed had germinated. A comment was left on the site that two intrepid travelers wished to crash the European event. The response was gratifying, we would be welcomed with open arms. There would be assistance in transport, locating a place to stay, and of course there would be wonderful people to meet and gardens to see. Whilst there will sadly be no plant or even seed purchases made to bring home, sniff, there are other items of the arts and craft type that could possibly be squeezed into a suitcase for the return trip.

Much planning and figuring still needs to be done, but the die is cast. The seed has sprouted. Excitement builds with each new posting by VP and Helen about the show and itinerary. Wellies are available in our sizes to be lent by the most generous of garden bloggers. Our passports are valid, the flight plans are made, two Tennessseans are coming to Malvern. We can't wait.


And we can't wait either, Frances and Gail :D

14 comments:

Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

I can't wait to "meet" you either - so excited.
K

Gail said...

Frances, I can't believe that in less then 56 days we'll be in Malvern finally meeting folks we've 'known' for years! gail

Victoria said...

I'm so looking forward to this. It will be great to "meet" you - I think VP will have to be dormitory prefect in charge of lights out, otherwise we'll all be talking until 4 in the morning!

Carrie said...

The Orange Francis??? Oh my, what a treat to meet you, I simply must educate those taste buds, haha.

elizabethm said...

How fabulous! How long are you coming for? Any time for a trip to Wales? It will be really great to meet you.

fairegarden said...

Thanks all. We will be leaving after the Malvern show with little time for trips except back to London for the flight home. We too are beyond excited to meet everyone. And sample a few biscuits. With an open mind, and belly. :-)
Frances

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Gail & Frances are the perfect representatives for the American garden bloggers. We'll all be with them in spirit, and I know all of you going to Malvern will make them feel right at home & like old friends. (I'm sooo jealous.)

patientgardener said...

Frances/Gail - I am sure we can arrange for you to visit a couple of the local gardens like Hampton Court on one of the days instead o going to the show everyday if you would like

fairegarden said...

Oh Helen, thank you thank you! We would love to see Hampton Court, and/or any place else you think a must see. You are a doll! :-)
Frances

HappyMouffetard said...

Frances and Gail - so looking forward to meeting you both. What a fantastic effort you are making. I hope you both have a wonderful time with lots of happy memories to take away.

Gail said...

Helen, Thank you, thank you, thank you~It all sounds wonderful and I can't wait to see a bit of your part of England. Maybe those bluebells will be singing, too! gail

M@M aka VP ;) said...

Hi everyone - it's good to see that posts like this one brings out everyone's excitement about getting together in May :)

MMD - we'd love you to be there too - another year hopefully

Ewa in the Garden said...

Hello everyone! I am also coming!
I am so happy to meet you! I will be posting about it.
Would you share where do you stay, so I can find something for myself as well :) I'd like to be together :) OK?

M@M aka VP ;) said...

Ewa - we're all looking forward to meeting you :)