The Patient Gardener


I’m no longer much of a fan of showgardens and tend to gravitate to the nurseries and floral marquee more.  However, I thought I would have a quick look to see what was on offer this year.  Malvern has always been one of the shows where new designers can stretch their wings and have a go at doing a show garden. In my humble and inexpert view the gardens have a tendency… Read More

Following on from my previous report here are some of the other showgardens at this year’s Malvern Spring Show.  As you can see the standard is excellent this year.  Above is the Inside-Out garden by Jody Lidgard and sponsored by Bradstone.  Being sponsored by Bradstone there is quite a bit of hard landscaping but it didn’t seem to overwhelm the garden as I have felt was the case in previous Bradstone sponsored… Read More

I think I can safely say that the standard of showgardens at Malvern Spring Garden show is getting better and better.  There were two gold medals awarded which is wonderful and to be honest I think a couple of the gardens are very close, if not already at Chelsea standard – but I’m n RHS judge so I could be talking rubbish. The two gardens that really stood out to me where… Read More

    On Tuesday I made my first ever trip to Chelsea Flower Show.  I realised as we had lunch before making our way down through Sloane Square that I didn’t seem to have any expectations of what I would  see which was a rather weird sensation.  Surely I should be looking forward to certain things or maybe even dreading others. I should have things I desperately wanted to see or ideas… Read More

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… Read More

The show gardens at this year’s show were very varied.  I have to say that I dont get as excited about show gardens as I do the floral marquee.  The gardens are always second on my to see list at the show.  I think at heart I’m a plants person not a designer.  I couldnt have a ‘designed’ garden as I would struggle to find places for my finds.  We quite liked… Read More