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.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Exhibitors' Essentials #3

A good name - click on the image to see what caught my eye ;)

I mean 'good name' in both senses of the word: not only an appropriate business one like the one shown above, but also a good reputation. The many nurseries who exhibit at Malvern have oodles of both as evidenced by these healthy plants in tip top condition ready to be snaffled up by visitors.

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.


Gail said...

I thought I had prepared myself for not being able to purchase anything...but, how can anyone prepare for the offerings at Malvern! Oh my gosh~~I went from vender to vender wishing! It was how all garden shows should be! gail The heucheras were fantastic!

Arabella Sock said...

Did I coin the term Heucheraholics? I think they were having you on - although I do remember them as the Solva 'Sweetie Shop' at Tatton a few years back. Talking about heucheras my peach flambes have emerged in the most extraordinary vibrant colour this spring and chocolate ruffles is looking pretty good do.

VP said...

Gail - sorry about torturing you with so many choice plants. I hope you made a note of all the ones which appealed to you...

Arabella - perhaps I got it wrong - will ask Sean and Jooles at Chelsea next week...