The RHS Malvern Show

The Malvern Autumn Show is last big RHS Flower Show of the year with beautiful displays from some of the finest nurseries in the country. Held each year in the fabulous Worcestershire countryside the Autumn show is held on the 28th and 29th September 2013.

As well as the plants and gardens you can also see Mary Berry at the show on 28 September in the Food & Drink areas and enjoy fresh and local delicacies.

As is traditional with the RHS shows, there are a number of garden displays to look at. All of which are designed to provide you with ideas and inspiration for your own garden.

Harvest in Harmony
Designer: David Neate-Stidson   Sponsor: Pennard Plants

The garden is inspired by the efficiency of permaculture and the beauty of Nature. It balances the harmony between the human and the Harvest and the habitat in which it sits. The central pyramid is the heart of the space, using materials sourced from the woodland. Set in an open clearing, light can flood on to vines and climbers, competing with others trailing and tumbling, and enveloped by informal hedgerow with nut bushes and cane fruits amongst insect-attracting flowering shrubs. The garden allows the user to freely forage and maintain the connection between people and their food.

The Incredible Food Gallery
Designer: Alan Gardner

The Incredible Food Gallery is inspired by art galleries.  A framework of drainpipes forms a sense of enclosure.  Seedling vegetable beds, growing in colanders displayed on plinths, signify the art of growing and cooking vegetables. Deck floors and carpet formed of salad leaves form the gallery floor. Picture frames with growing plants hang from the frames. Alan Gardner is a landscape artist based in the UK and has a unique ability to visualise and shape spaces in 3D.  His designs are fluid and dynamic and whilst they certainly work on a practical level as gardens and outdoor rooms, viewers are presented with a series of abstract pictures and exciting vistas.  Be prepared to be thrown off your guard and challenged visually - Gardner has a surreal and somewhat mischievous streak!

A la Mode Dining
Designer: Caspian Robertson

This garden is designed to inspire an ‘a la mode’ dining lifestyle for keen cooks and offers a relaxing setting to enjoy meals. The menu shows culinary delights created, using food from the garden, by the Jean-Christophe Novelli Cookery School and Chef's Academy. It is hoped that their mouth-watering creativity, and the obvious diversity and productivity achievable even with a small contemporary space, will enthuse cooking with home grown produce.

Dig for Victory 
Designer: Mark Walker

This is a theatrical garden portraying a rural setting, in Westonzoyland, Somerset, from the mid-1940s – 1950s, from VE day to the Queen’s Coronation. During the Second World War the garden was home for an anti-aircraft gun emplacement which suffered bomb damage in a Luftwaffe strike in 1942. It is a rustic garden complete with sandbag walls and an Anderson shelter and features an allotment garden, formed from bomb-damaged materials, with vegetables and herbs to help feed a ration-starved family.

Discovering Brassicas! 
Design Company: 3 Shires Garden Centre

This garden is themed as a small back garden which shows the joys of growing winter brassicas such as Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage and Purple Sprouting. An aesthetically-pleasing space, which promotes cooking with produce from the garden. There are also some menu suggestions for using brassicas from award-winning chefs within Blue Diamond.

As well as the show gardens there is also a large harvest pavilion, where the a display of home-grown giant vegetables are being exhibited as well as a series of talks and demonstrations from a number of experts.

If you are travelling from far afield, why not make a weekend of it? The Holiday Inn have two fantastically located hotels that would make a good base for a visit to this part of the country, one in Gloucester and the other in Bristol.

For more information, and to book tickets see the RHS website.

Have a great weekend, and hopefully see you there!

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