Alan Titchmarsh and Mary Berry will head up this year’s RHS Malvern Spring Festival. The two legendary icons will take to the stage as the landmark gardening and food festival returns to the Three Counties Showground this May.
Ken Nottage, CEO of Three Counties, said: “We are over the moon to announce that Alan and Mary will be joining us this year at the much-loved RHS Malvern Spring Festival. To help celebrate the start of the summer season many a Garden Great and Foodie Favourite will be sharing their top tips with audiences alongside some of the country’s finest nurseries and food producers.”
RHS Malvern Spring Festival brings to the fore the finest in both gardening and food. Visitors can expect stunning show gardens and nursery displays alongside a bounty of food producers, eclectic shopping and top tips from celebrity chefs and garden experts alike. Advance tickets are on sale now priced from £15 for RHS and TCAS members and from £17 for non-members. Tickets will be available on the gate from £21.
At this year’s show, which takes place in just under 4 months, visitors will enjoy:
Set against the backdrop of the picturesque Malvern Hills, show gardens are always a number one destination for visitors. This year’s designs include:
• Wyevale Garden Centres in partnership with Historic Royal Palaces, Gardening amidst ruins, a homage to Capability Brown by Todd Longstaffe-Gowan Landscape Design
• The Garden of Romance by Villaggio Verde
• A Japanese Reflection by Peter Dowle & Richard Jasper of Howle Hill Nursery
• The Sunken Retreat by Graduate Gardeners
• The UCARE Garden by Emily Sharpe of Garden Stories
• The Woodcutter Garden by Mark Walker
• ‘Time is a Healer’ in support of The Primrose Hospice by Martyn Wilson
• Macmillan Legacy Garden by Mark Eveleigh in support of Macmillan Cancer Support
• A Garden of One Thousand Flowers by RHS Students of CW Horticultural Training
Following roaring success since its launch in 2014, this national competition will return, offering anyone with an interest in design the opportunity to showcase a garden at RHS Malvern. This year’s entries include:
• A Private Refuge by Pippa Shennan of Earthmark Garden Design
• Hidden Gems of Worcestershire by Styling Homes and Gardens
• The Low Line by Pro-gardeners Ltd
• The Water Spout by Garden Inspiration
FESTIVAL FOOD & DRINK PAVILION
A foodie hotspot, this area will be a lively market square of food producers offering a variety of artisan produce. At its heart, top TV chef Valentine Warner and Otter Farm’s Mark Diacono will host The Kitchen Garden Theatre, bringing to the stage local chefs as they showcase their bountiful produce.
FESTIVAL THEATRE AND FAMILIAR FACES
Joining Alan and Mary, BBC Gardeners’ World’s Carol Klein and Joe Swift rub shoulders with other food and garden experts in the Festival Theatre. Here visitors can pull up a perch as these experts share their bountiful knowledge. Budding gardeners will also be inspired in the School Gardens Theatre as CBeebies star Ben Faulks as Mr Bloom takes to the stage on Sunday.
The iconic Floral Marquee will welcome back countless examples of the finest nurseries in the UK and abroad. Visitors can delight in the displays and stock up on old favourites and new varieties launched at the show. The Potting Bench in this area will invite visitors to pull up a perch and hear talks from nurserymen as they share their top tips.
Green fingered school children will showcase their very own gardens in the School Gardens Village. Schools from across the region will design and build gardens with close mentoring from BBC Blue Peter Gardener Chris Collins. This year’s theme celebrates the life and successes of Shakespeare on the 400th year of his passing.
GET GOING, GET GROWING
This area of the show will see top TV gardeners and experts from the industry share their knowledge and ‘grow how’. Demonstrations and workshops from gardening talent including top gardening writer and broadcaster, Christine Walkden joined by many familiar faces. Across the four-day show, these will include BBC Gardeners’ World’s Carol Klein and Joe Swift, along with award winning garden designer and RHS judge Jon Wheatley, Terry Walton, Martin Fish and many more.
GROW YOUR OWN WEDDING
New for 2016, floristry fans can take advice from top Floral Designer Jonathan Moseley as he shares advice on how to create a wedding in full bloom. A showcase of British Flower growers will also be on display alongside Jonathan. RHS Malvern Spring Festival takes place from Thursday 5 May until Sunday 8 May 2016. For more information on ticket prices, please call 01684 584900 or visitwww.rhsmalvern.co.uk