RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2016 Floral News Snippets

Friday 6 May 2016


Home to over 70 exhibitors this year.

This year across five RHS Flower Shows 15 nurseries from around the UK will realise creative new displays. The displays will be mentored by award winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show designer Kate Gould. Kate has worked with three nurseries for the RHS Malvern Spring Festival looking at how exhibitors can fire up their imaginations and display their plants in new ways.

These include:

Hare Spring Cottage Plants – Camassias
Stand number MFM731
Hare Spring Cottage, Wortley, Sheffield S35 7DH

Stella Exley is appearing at an RHS show for the first time and has chosen RHS Malvern for her premier appearance. Stella took over the national collection of Camassias from the late Margaret Owen that has approx. 70-75 varieties.

Just Air Plants - Tillandsia
Stand number MFM758
59 Wintringham Way, Purley on Thames, Reading, Berks RG8 8BH

Hayloft Plants Ltd – Autumn Flowering Perennials
Theme: Catwalk
Stand number MFM729
Manor Farm Nursery, Pensham, Pershore, Worcs WR10 3HB

Hayloft Plants are growers of Autumn flowering perennials, their display centres around a catwalk and is striking in its originality.

The Potting Bench celebrates gardens from ‘Around the World’ and has been dressed by Peter Dowle from Howle Hill Nursery, sponsored by Regent Seven Sea Cruises. A well-loved part of every RHS show the Potting Bench will play host to nurserymen and women exhibiting at the show sharing their top tips and handy hints.


25 Years

Border Alpines
Stand Number: 2055
Chasty Court, Chasty, Holsworthy, Devon EX22 6NA
Border Alpines is celebrating 25 years of RHS Malvern this year. Former winners of the RHS Farrer Trophy owners Jan and Carl Lowe are presenting the 25th customer every day with a special gift to say thank you. Their display at RHS Malvern marks a 25-year relationship with the show and brings 3 generations of the family together.

40 Years

• Roualeyn Fuchsias
Stand Number: MFM763
Roualeyn Nursery, Trefiw, Conwy LL27 0SX
Celebrating their 40th anniversary at RHS Malvern Spring Festival.

200th Cultivar

• Southfield Nurseries
Stand Number: MFM769
Southfield Nurseries, Morton, Bourne, Lincs PE10 0RH
Husband and wife team, Linda and Bryan Goodey have been growing cactus commercially for 40 years in Lincolnshire. They are on course this year to celebrate their 180th RHS gold medal and are launching a new Chamaelobivia ‘Lincoln Legend’ at RHS Malvern Spring Festival. Famed for their Chamaebolivias, Lincoln Legend is their 200th cultivar.


Stonebarn Landscapes
Get Going Get Growing Arena
Stone Barn Cottage, Moorledge Lane, Chew Magna, BS40 8TL
Celebrated nurseryman and multiple RHS gold medal winner Jon Wheatley has brought 4 new varieties to the show.

Anigozanthos ‘Bush Pearl’ - Lipstick pink flowers on a compact upright plant, requires full sun but will tolerate light shade. Long flowering period, needs frost free environment H: 60cm W: 45cm

Anigozanthos ‘Bush Tenacity’ - Orange and yellow flowers on a naturally compact upright plant, benefits from a long flowering period so suitable for containers and as a centrepiece or feature. Requires full sun, light shade tolerant. Needs frost free environment H: 60cm W: 45cm

Anigozanthos ‘Bush Inferno’ – Masses of vibrant red flowers on a naturally compact bushy plant, has an extended flowering period, great for containers and as a feature plant. Requires full sun but will tolerate light shade. Needs frost free environment H: 60cm W: 45cm

Dahlia ‘Regal Lizzy’ – An incredibly floriferous single flowered variety, with deep green leaves and a rich cerise flower with bright orange centre.

Launching at RHS Malvern Spring Festival Dahlia ‘Regal Lizzy’ commemorates the 90th
Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Bred from the popular Dahlia ‘Magenta Star’,
‘Regal Lizzy’ benefits from an incredibly long and productive flowering period, is a good
pollinator and will flower consistently from June to November. H:1m W:30cm

Dahlia ‘Regal Lizzy’ is unveiled at RHS Malvern and will be readily available at Malvern
Autumn Show where it will star in an unprecedented display of Dahlias consisting of
over 300 varieties sourced mainly from Jon Wheatley’s National Collection.

Pheasant Acre Plants
Stand Number: MFM715

3 Pheasant Walk, Pen-y-Fai, Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan CF31 4DU
Specialising in Spring flowering bulbs and plants Pheasant Acre have produced Tulipa ‘Verde Pink’, a striking pink and green striations on the petals.

H.W Hyde & Son
Stand Number: MFM709

The Nursery, New Road, Ruscombe, Reading, Berks RG10 9LN
Specialising in Lillies and Tulips, Richard Hyde has two new varieties this year, both dwarf Asiatics. H: approx. 30cm. Unscented, flower from June onwards and hardy up to -15 degrees.
Lillium ‘Poems’ – a deep rose pink with dark violet centre.
Lillium ‘Beatrix’ – soft lemon with a chocolate centre.
Lillium ‘Beatrix’ has been named in honour of Beatrix Potter’s 250th Anniversary this year. Richard said that he chose ‘Beatrix’ as he’d grown up with Beatrix Potter stories and this particular variety reminded him of Mrs Tiggywinkle’s face peeking out from beneath her bonnet. Both varieties are available to buy at the show.

Brookfield Plants
Stand Number: MFM708

Bigelle, Sandyhurst Lane, Ashford, Kent TN25 4NX
Have several new hostas:
Hosta ‘White Feather’ – with pure white leaves
Hosta ‘Curly Fries’ – with an unusual curled edge to the leaves
Hosta ‘Party Popper
Hosta ‘Dutch Flame’
Hosta ‘Sandhill Crane’
Hosta ‘Tongue of Flame
They also have an unusual yellow flowered variety called Hosta ‘Miracle Lemony’ available.

Stand Number: MFM726 & 727

Llanelidan, Ruthin LL15 2LG
Husband and wife team, Angelika and Gareth Dibley are launching a new Streptocarpus ‘Freya’ at RHS Malvern along with 25 new varieties of Petrocosmea, an unusual plant derived from the Streptocarpus family.

Hillview Hardy Plants
Stand Number: MFM761

Worfield, Bridgnorth, Shropshire WV15 5NT
Hillview have brought their new ‘Forest Range’ of Auriculas to the show, consisting of multiple varieties of varying colours.

Hampshire Carnivorous Plants
Stand Number: MFM748

Stroudwood Nursery, Stroudwood Lane, Lower Upham, Southampton, Hants SO32 1HG
Matt Soper is introducing a new Nepenthes to his collection, Nepenthes ‘Suki’ will be available to buy from next year but is launching at RHS Malvern Spring Festival.

D’Arcy & Everest
Stand Number: MFM755

Meadowsweet Nursery, Sheep Lane, Pidley, Huntingdon, Cambs PE28 3FL
After six years of attempted propagation Luke Whiting has Erinacea anphylis (Hedgehog Plant) available at the show. Originating in N. Africa and Andora this erinacea is covered in soft violet flowers.


Golden Hill Nursery
Stand Number: MFM733

Goudhurst Road, Marden, Tonbridge, Kent TN12 9LT
Hydrangeas & Spring flowering shrubs
NB Have shown at RHS Hampton Court with their Hydrangeas.

Hare Spring Cottage Plants
Stand Number: MFM731

Wortley, Sheffield, S35 7DH

Straight Mile Nursery Gardens
Stand Number: MFM732

Pilgrims Hatch, Ongar Road, Brentwood, Essex CM15 9SA


• Strete Gate Camelias
Stand Number: MFM703

17 Seymour Drive, Torquay, Devon TQ2 8PY
Strete Gate Camelias have created an homage to the D Day landings as part of their display. Part of the nursery is situated within a walled garden that used to be attached to the Manor House that housed the American troops. The Manor House was later used as target practice and destroyed but the walled garden remained intact which now houses the camellias for Strete Gate. Strete Gate were newcomers to RHS Malvern last year and recreated their RHS Cardiff display that was part of the RHS Innovation project introduced in 2015.

Hooksgreen Herbs
Stand Number: MFM712

Hooksgreen Farm, Oulton Heath, Stone, Staffs ST15 8TN
Hooksgreen herbs has a 3 year old Szechuan pepper plant at the centre of their display.

• Pheasant Acre Plants
Stand Number: MFM596

3 Pheasant Walk, Pen-y-Fai, Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan, CF31 4DU
Pheasant Acre Plants have brought a salmon flowered Crinodendron Hookerianum ‘Ada Hoffman’ to RHS Malvern

• Grafton Nursery
Stand Number: MFM762

Worcester Road, Grafton, Flyford, Worcester WR7 4PW
Husband and wife team, Hilary and Stephen Collins from Grafton Nursery have the smallest Eucalyptus variety in the world, Eucalyptus ‘Shannon Blue’ which has been bred by John Pearse deriving from ‘Baby Blue’ and gunii cross. Growing to a maximum of 8-10ft in 10 years.
They also have a dwarf Eucalyptus globulus ‘Guernsey’ which they have bred.

• High Park Nursery
Stand Number: MFM723

102 High Park Road, Southport, Merseyside PR9 7BY
This innovative display was first seen at RHS Cardiff and was invited to RHS Malvern Spring Festival. The exhibit explores the difficulties facing those that have dyslexia and looks at how colour is associated with emotions.


Held in the Gold medal winning Villaggio Verde Garden of Romance, designed by Jason Hales, Jonathan Moseley is hosting a celebration of flowers and love. Overlooked by a dovecote complete with beautiful white doves Jonathan is holding a series of workshops and live demonstrations. There will be inspirational ideas as well as practical guidance on everything from floral crowns to button holes.

A host of British Flower Growers are given a platform to demonstrate the diversity of cut flowers that are available in the UK.


11 schools have taken up the RHS Malvern School Garden Challenge this year. The theme is celebrating the life and works of Shakespeare marking the 400th anniversary of his death. Headed up by BBC Blue Peter Gardener Chris Collins the schools have interpreted the theme in innovative and inspirational ways.


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