The RHS Malvern Spring Festival - what caught my eye (Part 2)

 In this, my second post on the recent Malvern Spring Festival,  I am going to focus the things that caught my eye.
This beautiful moss frieze was a highlight of the show.  The garden is called 'Out of Darkness' and was designed by Lisa Burchill and Robin Ideson.   It caught many an eye I am sure.  What also caught my eye on this garden was the froth of tiarella.  A plant I have always overlooked, aware of yet unimpressed by.  By seeing it in these gardens I began to think again.
It was a very good garden, well designed and well planted.

I found more tiarella here:
This garden was called 'The Cotswold Way' and was designed by Amy Perkins.  Noticeable isn't it how many female designers there were at this show, worthy of note.  The tiarella again made its presence felt.
It was woven through the planting to great effect.

It was not all tiarella, there were bees too.
This was as close as I could get to this bee.  I have long had a fear of costumes and the bee was not making this feel any less.  A good garden though, it was called The Bees Knees and designed by Martin Wilson in support of the BumbleBee Conservation Trust.
I found this bee far more easy to get close to.

Lorna Davies designed this Alice in Wonderland garden to celebrate 150 since the first publication of the book by Lewis Carroll.
The tea pot water-feature was a nice touch.

Moving away from the gardens and into the Floral Marquee, this stand by Letham Plants really caught my eye.
There were these notices giving information around the stand.  Good information, informative information, information that was really useful to notice and experienced gardeners.
In particular I thought this display of roots was a really good idea.  I did realise however that I neglected to take any photographs of their plants, sorry.

In the plant society tent I fell in love with the displays of roses that had been judged.
It is not something that I could do myself as I cannot grow such perfection, but I loved how they were laid out.

Lastly there was this poor chap who had to carry his head separately.
It looked a little undignified I thought.

I had a very enjoyable day at the show.  I shall definitely be visiting again.


  1. That frieze was amazing. I've already popped a link to here on't blog :)

  2. The moss frieze is gorgeous. I'd be quite curious to know how it would age. I don't like costumes either, the bee sculpture is wonderful though. And the tea pot water feature - such fun!

    I'm a fan of tiarella's and think they should be used more. Quite fuss free and such frothy heads, as your photo shows. Do you think you might get some now?

    Thanks for showing us your visit in more detail. Most enjoyable.

  3. Sinister things costumes - you wonder who is peeping out from inside them. Bees are definitely not sinister though - having stood in the middle of them swarming from my chimney without coming to any harm, I am now bee friendly ! I love that wall design, a very spiritual tree.

  4. @gwenfar yeah, I did wonder about the moss frieze. Initially they could've just painted soup on the right bits, but it does just grow, doesn't it? - out and, slowly, up. You can't trim it as it's an apical grower and it just dies off, I think. But it is absolutely astonishing, and must surely have a good five years to it.

    @alison thanks for the followup post! The roses are heartbreakingly pretty (if completely impractical). More interesting for me is that we have a heucherella and it's nowhere near as frothy as that tiarella: pretty, but spikes of tiny flowers rather than froth. Makes me wonder what we'll get in our new place....


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