|For me, the mark of a good show garden is one which still looks good in the rain. |
This is 'Bringing Nature Home' courtesy of the Graduate Gardeners Ltd.
I experienced two 'new looks' at Malvern Spring Show yesterday - the revamped look intended by the organisers, plus my first ever visit to a gardening show where it rained pretty much all day. I still managed to thoroughly enjoy myself, despite the squelchiness underfoot and having to reprogramme my mental map of the show's layout garnered from previous visits.
|Views from the Show Gardens - I love that wooden wall in the main picture|
The show gardens are in a different spot, so they now have the Malvern Hills as their backdrop which helped to set them off nicely. The Floral Marquee is now by the North entrance so I entered the show straight into horticulture. There's more room inside too, so it made it much easier to see everything and I could see visitors in wheelchairs were able to view the stands in comfort. The foodie side of things has been expanded too and I have to confess making a few purchases, so I didn't need to cook after such a long day.
|Inside the Floral Marquee - the auricula display was awarded best exhibit|
I leave you with my favourite school garden from the day. These are often the most innovative items on display - I don't think I've ever seen a football used in a water feature before. The Dr Foster Went to Gloucester garden was not only charming (and sans football), it also chimed perfectly with the day's weather.
Blog post extra - Meet at Malvern has a look at THE Plant of This Year's Show?