This year we have introduced a new show garden category, Spa Gardens. These gardens give new and fledgling designers the platform to showcase their talents.
Alongside designing and building a garden at RHS Malvern, one designer is given the once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase at Moscow Flower Show as part of a newly introduced exchange programme
The over arching theme of the festival has taken inspiration from Malvern Spa's Victorian heyday as a fashionable health resort where day trippers descended to take advantage of the clean air and to enjoy the health giving waters amongst the beauty of the Malvern Hills. Designers in this category are invited to re-imagine the 'live well' entertainment and pleasure garden experience from our heyday, these are contemporary takes on a spa resorts reinterpreted for a 21st century visitor.
Come back soon for the details of the 2017 garden designs, or take a look at the 2016 results
2016 Best Festival Garden - The Water Spout
Designer: Christian Dowle, Garden Inspiration
Sponsor: Garden Inspiration
Inspiration for the garden comes from the numerous water spouts and natural springs that emerge from granite rock all over the Malvern Hills. They provide not only fresh drinking water but a local pride in the beautiful, natural hillside environment. The movement and sound of water in the garden adds further layers to the depth of engagement and enjoyment by the visitor.
The planting aims to lead the eye up the garden to the spout and the stream leads the eye back down to the path as it tumbles away into the ground. Key plants that work well in both smaller gardens and cope well with the natural soil type include: Crataegus succulenta ‘Jubilee’, Amelanchier lamarckii, Viburnum opulus compactum, Erica carnea and marginal wildflowers such as the Ragged Robin, Forget me Not and the Camas lily. The garden provides a gentle, restful retreat from a busy, fast moving world.