Fes­ti­val re­sults her­ald ‘of­fi­cial start’ of spring gar­den­ing sea­son

Gloucestershire Echo - - IN BRIEF -

» 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.

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