Sneaky Preview – Malvern show gardens

Deb's garden at lunchtime today
Deb's garden at lunchtime today

I have had a fantastic day today working down at the Malvern showground helping Deb’s with her garden.  Poor old Debs has struggled with the garden, especially yesterday because of the heavy wind and rain we had on Saturday night.  She had to do a lot of rescuing so was dispirited this morning and I think she would agree running out of steam.

There was a really nice atmosphere at the showground with people beavering away and chatting when they took their break.  The photo above is of the one corner of the 25th Anniversary Garden. Claire Potter was busy going through the plants they had planted yesterday  tidying them up.  The photo doesn’t show how good the planting is, the textures of the leaves and the combination of flower colours really works.

some of the empty pots from the Anniversary Garden
Some of the empty pots from theAnniversary Garden
The water feature in the Anniversary garden is nearly complete

The Anniversary garden uses the Malvern Hills and in particular British Camp as its inspiration.  You can see the earthworks in the photo above.  The water feature in the middle will have water flowing over the top and down through the pavers.  The Anniversary garden will be remaining for a few months after the show so is planted properly as opposed to the other showgardens where the plants are planted in their pots.  For those visiting on Thursday and possibly Friday you will be able to walk through the Anniversary garden.

The situation for the bloggers meet up area!

The weather today was really changeable.  One minute we were hot, then it started raining and then we had a strong  cold wind.  There were some moments when I  watched as marquees looked like  they were going to take off.

View across the Chris Beardshaw mentorship gardens

I was amazed at how complete some of the gardens seemed given that they still have one and half days left before judging.  Alex Bell said this was because the good weather the previous week had  allowed people to get ahead.  Alex was very kind and helped Deb put in a low willow fence across the front of her garden.

Deb's garden with plants waiting to be planted

By  the time I left at 5 today we had painted most of the fence, the box balls were in and the willow fence was built.  Deb now has the fun bit to do, planting the plants, plus finishing the painting and also weaving the willow den.  I think she can do it and it will look fab.

I think those of you coming to the show will be very impressed with quality and number of gardens this year; in fact I was told there were more showgardens at Malvern this year than there will be at Chelsea.  The other thing is that as Malvern is a smaller show than Chelsea you can get up close to the gardens and have a really good look.

I have a pass to go back on Wednesday evening when all the gardens are finished to take more pics so check back for another sneaky preview.  Looking forward to meeting lots of you at the bloggers meet up.

Author: Helen Johnstone

I live in Malvern, Worcestershire and am a very keen gardener. I started the Patient Gardener Blog in January 2008 as a way of recording what was happening in my garden and connecting with other like-minded people. I started a second blog PatientGardener 365 January 2013 in order to try and post a photo a day to capture what is growing in my garden or places I have visited

19 thoughts on “Sneaky Preview – Malvern show gardens”

  1. How fun to work on Debs garden, Helen. It looks wonderful and that willow fence is just the right touch. I read about the special anniversary garden in Gardens Illustrated that Clare Potter is doing. It looks delicious and every bit as elegant as the Chelsea displays, from the photos I have seen. We won’t be able to read your post about the Wednesday preview, because we will be in London! Then we shall see it all in person. Hooray! 🙂

  2. Everything coming together nicely. We were there just over a week ago taking photos and will be back this Wednesday doing same; then four days of covering the whole Show for two magazine features. But it is always the gardens that draw me back – and this year of course, the Bloggers Meet. Thanks for all your hard work, Helen, in organising this. Only discovered about it via Claire, and then Sharon’s P.R. bit. I look forward to meeting you at the Show. Ann.

  3. P.S. Guess I don’t really qualify for the Malvern Meet (though I’ve registered to attend) as my ‘Wild Somerset Child’ and ‘Journaling the Journal’ blogs aren’t just about gardening activities. Gardens and gardening do feature however, along with many other topics, all woven together into a tapestry of history, plants, textiles, poetry and a whole lot else. Roll on Thursday! Ann (Wild Somerset Child:

  4. Looking forward to seeing everyones posts. I think the gardens are really coming along nicely – you’ll have a grand time with the whole gang.

  5. Gorgeous! Love the cut e little greenhouse, and the land sculpture is fantastic. A wonderful little hiding place.

    All those pots!! I could use some of those. Looks like you cleaned them and everything 🙂

  6. Looks like you had a fantastic time with Deb – that’s a really good insight into what happens with putting a show garden together.

    I can’t wait to be there and I’m crossing my fingers and toes that everyone else manages to make it in the light of this morning’s news re the volcano

  7. Thanks for the sneak preview Helen, enjoyed it very much. How lucky you are to be working with Deb on what promises to be a fab garden.

    It will be fun to watch all those show gardens! Can’t wait.

  8. Helen, Thank you for sharing! It does look like you had a good time with Deb…This is my positive affirmation and plea to the universe! Frances and I are going to be there… Please! gail

  9. I remember visiting the Malvern Spring Show a few years ago and I think you’re quite right – its much more visitor friendly and fun than Chelsea! (plus much better food) That’s interesting that there will be more gardens too. Best of luck to you and Deb – all of your hard work looks to be paying off, the garden looks great.

    1. Hi Karly

      Can I just clarify the garden is Deb’s solo project, I just went to help her out for the day. I wouldnt want any one thinking I was taking credit for her work

  10. It must be a treat seeing things as they come together. Tour descriptions of the weather are rather ominous – I think I will leave the umbrella behind in case I do a Mary Poppins! Looking forward to seeing you.

  11. It looks like a lot of fun. I wish I known before when it was(now I do) becaurse I think that I would have joined all you bloggers there. I hope you show us much more / gittan

  12. Thanks for the peek behind the scenes Helen – looking forward to seeing it in the flesh as it were later in the week.

  13. Wow, your gardens are OUTSIDE! How wonderful. The SF flower and garden show gardens are always inside (I guess the vendors demand it) and it feels cruel toward the plants. Wish I could be there. Have fun!

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