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Yesterday, I spent a pleasant day down in Berkshire visiting the inaugural Ascot Spring Garden Show and also The Savill Garden.  It was particularly interesting to me as I grew up near Ascot and Windsor, only moving to Malvern in 2000, so the day proved to be a real trip down memory lane. The show is the result of a partnership between Ascot Racecourse, The Savill Garden and The Valley Gardens at… Read More

I can’t remember the last time I went to RHS Malvern Spring Festival and it wasn’t freezing cold and/or raining.  This year we were treated with a beautiful sunny day which really bought the plants to life especially in the show gardens.  I took my mother this year as she is really getting into gardening and wanted to look at greenhouses.  She isn’t that keen on the showgardens so we didn’t spend… Read More

I have been attending RHS Malvern Spring Festival, as it is now known, for 15 years and over this time there has been a slow increase in the quality and number of show gardens.  It is often touted as a show that attracts those garden designers who are putting their toe in the show garden water and I think this year there was a distinct improvement in the quality of planting and… Read More

So what did I think of RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014? Well I thought the show gardens were on the whole of a high standard although there was still an element of sameness despite the well publicised inclusion of a number of younger designers but then again there are only so many formats you can adopt with a show garden and I think we have become very spoilt in recent years.  It… Read More

I have been to the Press Day at RHS Chelsea Flower Show today, lucky me!  Its been a long day so I am too tired to post a proper post tonight but here are some images which you might like

Yesterday I went to the Gardeners World Show in Birmingham.  This isn’t an event I have been to before and to be honest it wasn’t really my cup of tea but there was one element which I really liked and wanted to share with you. The show has a ‘competition’ for enthusiastic gardeners and horticultural students who want to have a go at designing and planting a horticultural display which will be… Read More

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… Read More