The RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2018 - a fleeting visit

The RHS Malvern Spring Festival is not a show I manage to visit every year, yet when I do go I wonder why I do not go more often.  This year has proved to be slightly chaotic and I decided that I needed a trip out; a visit to a flower show seemed like just the thing I needed.
I like the RHS Malvern Spring Festival,  there are many nurseries there, many.  It is a good time of year to buy plants and there are many temptations begging for attention.
There are the displays, this is rather a wonderful show garden, Greenhance: The Garden in the Egg by Jonas Eggar.  This is apparently inspired by Faberge eggs and it opens and closes based on a timer (an egg timer?)  This garden is part of an international exchange programme between the RHS Malvern Spring Festival and the Moscow Flower Show. This is a clever and well planted garden.
The Villaggio Verde garden is, for me, always a special garden at Malvern.  Year after year they create something special.  This year there were goats but look beyond the goats, the planting is superb.
They use a careful palette of plants and I am going to peak early and declare this my favourite garden of the festival.
Though the Morgan was without doubt my favourite car.
I also fell in love with this macrame curtain, I know I was meant to be looking at the gardens, but it is the detail that I often love the best.  
and there was this rather fine knitted garden 'The Work of Heart' installation made to raise funds for the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice what a fabulous piece of work it was.
There is so much to see at this show, I am not sure I ever see all of it.
But I do make sure that I do get into the Floral Pavillion, it is always a treat.  There is so much to see and many plants to buy.
Everything is always so beautifully displayed.
and it was really busy when I visited, in a good way, lots of people all wanting to look and buy the wonderful plants.
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit.  It was a wonderful way of spending time.   I have to say that I enjoyed the show particularly this year, it felt like it has upped its game.  It felt more focussed and the show gardens were extremely well executed.  I am already looking forward to next year. 


  1. That’s a very healthy looking olive tree in the Villaggio garden and I do love the knitted flowers. People are so clever, aren’t they?

    1. I loved the knitted garden - it must take a lot of patience to knit them

  2. Well done for getting there - I wanted to go but couldn't spare the time. Next year, though, is already in my diary. See you there!


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