This evening I had the opportunity to have another sneaky peak at the gardens at Malvern Spring show. I had been down on Monday helping on one of the gardens but it was interesting to see them finished. There was a weird atmosphere hanging around the showgardens. I walked through lots of hustle and bustle of people setting up the sundry stalls, it was like a shrine to the white van and then I found myself in an area of eerie quietness. Hardly anyone around apart from a film crew from Gardeners’ World and also the RHS judges – me I went the other way!!
I decided to have a look at the gardens that had been built for the Chris Beardshaw mentorship competition as I hadnt really had a chance to see them on Monday. I was really impressed with the standard, although I know nothing about garden design, for people hoping to get a scholarship/mentorship deal the quality seemed very high. All the gardens in the competition need to be based around a Circus theme.
I liked the central design of the garden above but thought the planting was lacking, the plants seemed to small and the group of grasses on the far side seemed to act as a full stop to me but then maybe I wasn’t getting the design.
This is my favourite garden in the competition. It is meant to be a community garden. I liked the rhtyme the alliums give the the garden, and the circular design gives a sense of inclusion.
But then what do I know I expect none of the three I have picked out will win!!