Thursday 28 April 2016
Thursday 5 May - Sunday 8 May 2016
With just days to go, the great countdown has begun to RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2016. Over 90,000 people are expected to flood through the gates of the Three Counties Showground across the four-day event. The landmark gardening and food festival kicks off the Royal Horticultural Society summer show season and welcomes the Godfather of Gardening Alan Titchmarsh and National Treasure Mary Berry to headline.
Ken Nottage, CEO of Three Counties, said: “Time flies and here we are again, just days until we open the gates for RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2016. The showground is a hive of activity with everyone working tirelessly to bring together another incredible show. Each year we strive to go bigger and better than before and this year promises to be no exception. Alan and Mary, two greats of both the gardening and food world, will ensure 2016 is a fantastic year. We cannot wait to see the showground filled with visitors enjoying themselves.”
Visitors can immerse themselves in stunning show gardens, a floral marquee in full bloom and a vibrant food and drink pavilion overflowing with the finest produce the British Isles has to offer. Alongside which, top tips will be shared from TV chefs and gardening experts including Valentine Warner, Mark Diacono, The One Show’s garden expert Christine Walkden and BBC Gardeners’ World presenters Carol Klein and Joe Swift and many more. CBeebies favourite Ben Faulks as Mr Bloom together with BBC Blue Peter Gardener Chris
Collins will welcome budding gardeners to a dedicated family day on the Sunday of the festival. Little ones can get green fingered with a lively line up of workshops and activities throughout the day.
RHS Malvern Spring Festival takes place from Thursday 5th May until Sunday 8th May 2016. Tickets will be available on the gate from £21. For more information, please call 01684 584900 or visit www.rhsmalvern.co.uk Highlights of RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2016 include:
Set against the backdrop of the picturesque Malvern Hills, wow factor show gardens are always a number one destination for visitors. Occupying a larger space than ever before, Show Gardens come to life on the Festival Green sponsored by Worcester Bosch Group. 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
Up and coming design talent are given a platform to showcase their skills in this area of the show. The hugely popular Festival Gardens category returns for its third year with designs including:
• Hidden Gems of Worcestershire by Styling Homes and Gardens
• The Low Line by Pro-gardeners Ltd
• The Water Spout by Garden Inspiration
FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD
Valentine Warner together with pal Mark Diacono will host the Kitchen Garden Theatre at the heart of the festival’s lively Food & Drink Pavilion. An endless line up of culinary talent and experts will join Valentine and Mark in their dynamic kitchen, showcasing a bounty of great British produce.
The iconic Floral Marquee will welcome back 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.
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, hosted by award-winning broadcaster and writer James Alexander-Sinclair. Here visitors can take a seat 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.
BBC Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins will nurture the next generation of gardening talent as he returns for his third year as champion of the award-winning School Gardens Challenge. Aspiring young gardeners from across the country bring to life their show garden designs with 11 schools taking part in this unique area of the show. Designs will celebrate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s passing.
GROW YOUR OWN WEDDING
New for 2016, much-loved TV florist and international Floral Designer Jonathan Moseley will welcome British flower growers with a series of workshops inviting visitors to ‘Grow Your Own Wedding’. The Grow Your Own Wedding theatre will take place in a show garden, transforming. The Garden of Romance by Villaggio Verde. An array of growers from across the UK will join front man of the BBC’s Great Allotment Challenge with easy to follow sessions in bridal floristry covering all things from bouquets to buttonholes.
GET GOING, GET GROWING
Making a welcome return the Get Going, Get Growing arena will share a bounty of ‘Grow How’ from top experts including TV gardeners Christine Walkden, Carol Klein, Joe Swift and many more. Award winning garden designer and RHS judge Jon Wheatley, Terry Walton and Martin
Fish will also join the panel of gardeners to host an exciting line up of workshops. New for 2016, this area will feature a display by the British beekeepers Association. The Bee Experience draws attention to the importance of honey bees as pollinators of one-third of the world’s food supply.
THE POTTING BENCH
At the heart of the iconic Floral Marquee, The Potting Bench, brought to RHS Malvern by Regent
Seven Seas Cruises, invites visitors to pull up a perch to hear practical horticultural advice hosted by Reg Moule. Peter Dowle of Howle Hill Nursery has transformed the stage with a design embracing the theme of Gardens around the World. Each day TV personalities and nursery men and women will give talks and hands-on demonstrations on a range of inspirational gardening topics. RHS Malvern Spring Festival takes place from Thursday 5th May until Sunday 8th May 2016. Tickets will be available on the gate from £21. For more information, please call 01684 584900 or visit www.rhsmalvern.co.uk
Jess Cook / Ellie Mainwaring
Silver Ball PR
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Notes to editors
About RHS Malvern Spring Festival www.rhsmalvern.co.uk
RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2016 takes place from Thursday 5 May until Sunday 8 May.
One of the first major RHS shows of the year, RHS Malvern opens the door into the summer season. Renowned for showcasing the latest trends in garden design, plants and innovation, visitors can also expect RHS Gold medal show gardens and displays and a plethora of nurseries from the UK and abroad. In 2014, an enhanced food presence was introduced to compliment the established and popular gardening strands. ‘Food’ ensures that the festival remains relevant and in tune with lifestyle interests. For more information about the show and for the celebrity timetable please call 01684 584900 or visit www.rhsmalvern.co.uk