Festival results herald ‘official start’ of spring gardening season
» SPRING officially sprung into Malvern as the results of the RHS Malvern Spring Festival were announced.
The annual show, which ran from May 9-12, showcases the most beautiful gardens and natural spaces in the area and awards prizes for the best of the bunch.
This year, six gold medals were awarded by judges, along with three silver gilt and four silver medals.
In a first for the competition, a gold medal was awarded to Ukranian garden designer Anna Galagan, whose garden, The Mindset, features an evocative sculpture of a child.
This year’s festival boasted eight stunning gardens and five green living spaces and designers based their inspiration around the festival’s theme of “Through the Lens.”
Head of shows Diana Walton, said: “We’re delighted to be announcing such a great set of results this year, especially with six highly-coveted gold medals and the world’s first ever RHS gold for a Ukrainian designer.
“It’s always very tense for our garden designers when the RHS judges are here making their decisions, as they put so much heart and soul into their designs - not to mention time and effort.
“Our show gardens are always one of the most popular destinations at the festival, closely followed by our imaginative green living spaces and we’re expecting this year will be no exception.
“For six of our designers, it will be their first show garden at RHS Malvern Spring Festival. We can’t wait for our visitors to see the stunning gardens they have created.”
RHS Malvern Spring Festival is seen by many as the official start of spring and attracts more than 100,000 people annually.