Show gardeners break ground


In celebration of National Gardening Week, show gardeners took up their trowels and broke ground at the Three Counties Showground, where the RHS Malvern Spring Festival will take place in May.


More than a dozen show gardeners got busy at the Worcestershire site, which has the beautiful Malvern Hills as its backdrop.


Last year’s festival saw a record-breaking number of RHS Gold medals awarded, and this year the Show Gardens will take over more of the site than ever before, so hopes are high that they will at least equal that success.


Among them will be three Festival Gardens giving up-and-coming designers the chance to show off their talents. The theme this year is Hidden Gems and will include Hidden Gems of Worcestershire, which intertwines technology with agriculture and history with the space age; The Low Line, inspired by the rejuvenation of the High Line in Manhattan, and The Water Spout, inspired by the natural springs that emerge from the granite rock in the Malvern Hills.


Visitors will also be able to see a garden that pays homage to landscape designer Capability Brown; a garden representing an old rustic Italian Cloister garden, and a Japanese garden that ‘borrows’ the background of the rolling hills in a technique called ‘Shakkei’.


RHS Malvern Spring Festival takes place from Thursday 5 May until Sunday 8 May 2016. Tickets are now on sale.