Return to Malvern
It's a while since I attended the Malvern Spring Festival and it was a happy return there last week. I might have been there on the only rainy day, but there was still plenty to smile about. Most of my show gardens photos have turned out on the dull side because of the gloom, but nothing could stop Peter Dowle's award winning efforts from looking good on the day.
The striking sculpture is called 'Zephyr' and is by Simon Gudgeon. When I looked him up, it transpires he owns Sculpture by the Lakes in Dorset, a garden which is now on my must-see list.
Here are a few more of my outdoor highlights...
The rusted metal are my chosen items from Tom Critchley this time and are shown 'planted' in my garden.
It struck me there was a lot more thought put into the displays at this year's show. I particularly liked the x-ray and microscope images.
The number of areas and themes for talks has also increased and I particularly enjoyed Tamsin Westhorpe's talk on stress-free gardening. More on that topic anon.