MORE than 100,000 people attended the RHS Malvern Spring Festival which ran at the Three Counties’ Showground between Thursday and Sunday.
There were a host of new features for 2022 after the previous events fell victim to Covid cancellations.
Among them were a Sustainability Pledge, making it the greenest ever show at the venue.
Free water refill stations minimised single use plastic bottles, all waste generated will be removed, sorted and either recycled or incinerated so it can be converted into compost. All compost used on the gardens was sourced locally from Worcestershire County Council, deriving from garden waste and plastic bags were replaced with biodegradable, paper or tote bags.
A new Nourish area explored how plants and food supported physical, mental and social wellbeing and the new Floral Green, located in front of the Floral Marquee, championed the burgeoning British Flower Growing and Cut Flower industry.
An affordable garden section, comprising of three typically-sized plots, was available sticking to transparent budgets starting at just £500.
And The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee was marked with a new permanent garden celebrating Her Majesty’s reign.
HRH The Princess Royal officially opened the Platinum Jubilee Garden which was filled with The Queen’s favourite plants, shrubs and trees as well as those named after her.
The Princess Royal also planted a ‘Acer Campestre, Queen Elizabeth’ tree as part of The Queens Green Canopy.
The traditional favourites also returned including this year’s Show Gardens on the theme ‘Celebration’, shipping container gardens, floral marquee, school gardens’ challenge, plant village and plant pavilions, festival theatre, grow area and food and drink pavilion.
Among the award winning gardens were Karen Tatlow’s Cancer Research UK creation which took the ‘People’s Choice’ accolade and the Construction title.
Karen took her emotional inspiration for the garden from her own great-niece, Lauren, who felt connected to her grandfather after his death from cancer by looking at the moon.
As a result, the moon gate, an architectural feature symbolising renewal and rebirth, is at the heart of Karen’s Cancer Research UK garden. It is also filled with flowers and plants that have played a part in cancer research – the garden is composed of two halves, linked by the central moon gate.
Emily Crowley-Wroe won best show garden.
Her creation ‘The Hide Garden’ represented a private retreat, transporting visitors to their favourite riverside spot.
As well as proving incredibly popular with the judges it also received a Silver Gilt medal for its design which celebrates nature on the doorstep.
A spokesperson for the show said: “We were thrilled with how the four days went – it was so good to be back after the three-year gap’.