Friday, 14 May 2010
Back row (left to right) Lia - Midnight Brambling, Zoe - formerly Garden Hopping, Karen - Artists Garden, Gail - Clay & Limestone, Elizabeth - Welsh Hills Again, Easygardener - Greenforks, Michelle - Veg Plotting
Middle row (left to right) Claire - Plantpassion, YolandaElizabet - Bliss, Helen - The Patient Gardener, Ewa - Ewa in the Garden, Michelle - A Disorganised RHS Student
Front row (left to right) Frances - Faire Garden, Sally - The Constant Gardener, Victoria - Victoria's Backyard
For some bizarre reason people looked at me strangely when I said I was hosting a party for 20ish garden bloggers during the Malvern Spring Show. I never really understood why since to me having a group of friends around for the evening was never an issue. My complete faith in my garden blogging buddies was not misplaced - we had a fab evening, full of laughter, hugs, food and drink. For some reason there is a rumour out there in the blogasphere that garden bloggers are dull (as well as illiterate) - far from it and I think you can see that from the smiley faces above.
I am looking forward to the next time my garden bloggy friends decide to descend on me.
As a result, the display was chosen most days (if not all) as the winner for the People's Choice awards in the Floral Marquee category.
Exhibitors with all of my 5 essentials stand a very good chance of achieving #6: a gold medal. Here is Meet @ Malvern's as awarded by the multiple gold medal winning designer, Cleve West on our last day at the show :)
Thursday, 13 May 2010
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
As well as the 100 or so nurseries exhibiting in the Floral Marquee, there were dozens more in the shopping areas. If you enter the show via the South Car Park you are greeted by a long row of specialist nurseries such as those pictured. Absolute heaven!
Like their marquee counterparts, these nurseries have exquisite displays to show off their wares in addition to the many rows of plants for sale. Jekka's Herb Farm was exhibiting here for the first time in 5 years and was awarded an unexpected gold medal. I hope to be catching up with Jekka soon, as she's kindly agreed to be a VP VIP :)
The second of the pictured nurseries is Heucheraholics (formerly the Solva 'Sweetie Shop'), who changed their name after Arabella Sock coined the term. It was great to see Sean again, who promptly shouted over to Jooles: Hey, it's VP, much to the consternation of their customers. I was duly presented with this year's pen and a Heuchera themed mousemat. Sean and Jooles will also be at Chelsea later this month, so do pop over and say hello to them if you're going there.
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Attention to detail, dedication and infinite patience: here's just three of the hundreds of daisies Alex (one of the team of three designers) added to the Anniversary show garden's pristine turf by hand last week. Apparently one of the RHS judges tried his hardest to tug some of them out of the turf, failed and so declared they must be natural.
On Thursday the garden was open for vistors to stroll around and Alex had to cheerfully stand by as his two young children merrily ran and crawled all over the turf, picking many of the lovingly applied daisies as they went.
Update: Claire has written a piece on her blog about putting the show garden together with lots of great photos of the finished result :)
Monday, 10 May 2010
I had a fantastic time at Malvern and from the posts and the buzz on Twitter I've seen so far it looks like everyone else did too. My mind's in a bit of a whirl at the moment, so I only feel capable of pulling out the odd image and a quick summary to tell you about what happened at the weekend.
Everyone else is being much better about telling you about their experiences and the show, so I'm going to hoover them up into a Mr Linky below so you can trawl through them all at your leisure. My dear fellow Malvern Meeters: do feel free add any posts of yours I've missed...
Friday, 7 May 2010
I had a rather nice surprise on Wednesday morning when the above card arrived from the Garden Fairie. She wishes us well for Malvern (shame you can't be here) and says hello to everyone, especially Gail and Frances who are flying the flag for Team USA.
Her kind thought is an ideal opportunity to send greetings to all the garden bloggers out there who can't join us at Malvern and to hope there's another time when we can meet for real rather than virtually :)
Shirls has also been in touch and wishes us well over at her blog. She also has a special request for all Malvern Meeters: she has a tulip festival on at the moment until 14th May and would love to see any photos of the tulips we encounter at the show. Last year the tulip displays were spectacular, so let's go and find them!
The picture is not of a tulip, but of an Erythronium americanum aka yellow dog-tooth violet aka toad lily.
Thursday, 6 May 2010
It's the first day of the show and of our first meet :)
Blog posts may appear here over the next few days or on participants blogs (see list in the right hand sidebar) if we get the time. Tweets will most probably happen - look out for the hashtag #malvernmeet on Twitter. When I get back home I'll do a round up post with a Mr Linky to link to posts about Malvern which appear on participants blogs.
Now let's all go and have a great time whatever the weather!
Picture courtesy and copyright of James Alexander-Sinclair.
Had a quiet waunder around the Malvern showground Wednesday evening and took some photos so you can see what delights are awaiting you. Above is the area that has been designated the Bloggers Meet up area. It is just by the Living Theatre area where the Three Men will be performing. Michelle and/or I will be there on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10, 12.30 and 3pm if you want to come and say hello and get your goodie bag.
I won't bore you with more words but instead leave you with a photo of one of the showgardens. I would show you more but blogger isnt letting me load photos and time is against me
For pictures from the show visit my blog The Patient Gardener
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
- A Sneeboer garden tool maintenance kit
- 2 copies of the Yellow Book (donated by Joe Swift)
- The Garden Visitor's Companion
- The Shade Garden by Beth Chatto
- How Does Your Garden Grow? by Chris Beardshaw
- 2 copies of The Kitchen Gardener by Alan Titchmarsh
Let's see if we can make our target!
I've not actively sought contents for the goody bags, but by the wonders of Twitter, the lovely Heather from Wiggly Wigglers got in touch and donated a 10% off voucher, plus a free book for you when you visit the Wiggly Wigglers stand in the Eco Home and Garden Area. The rest is courtesy of your fellow Malvern Meeters :)
News hot off the press! Encounters with Remarkable Biscuits are our official biscuit sponsor (yay!) , so expect a little something to nibble with their love at the show.