Another sneaky preview – Malvern show

Bravura by Paula Taylor, Kistner

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.

The Inside Out Garden - Juliet Stafford Garden Design

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.

Juggling the Balance - Barry Chambers

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!!

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

4 thoughts on “Another sneaky preview – Malvern show”

  1. Hi Helen,

    Thanks for the lovely photos and insight into Malvern, I wouldn’t mind visiting but maybe next year. With so many garden shows on at this time of year, it is difficult to visit them all. Your post has made me quite excited about our own show ‘Bloom’ which is just around the corner. It’s on in the Phonix Park, Dublin during our June bank holiday weekend June 3rd to 7th. Happy gardening….

  2. Thank you for sharing. What a delight to be at the Malvern Spring show in person with other gardening friends. Enjoy!

  3. Thanks for the preview. i like the same one you liked. I like the color combination and the design.

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