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Malvern Show - Show Gardens 2010

I’m writing from a cold tent in Malvern, so excuse me if my cold fingers effect my typing, but I’m having a lovely day meeting all the other garden bloggers at the Malvernmeet.   This morning I’ve done a grand tour of all the show gardens. This afternoon, i'm going to do shopping, as i've got a list of things to get for me and clients.

Last time I came to the spring show, several years ago, I didn’t think much of the gardens, and didn’t spend much time in them, but this morning I wanted to look at them all objectively and I’ve spent more time walking through them.   The first thing I’d like to say is that although I love looking for ideas in gardens at shows, and I appreciate that they have to look good today, I’m usually disappointed in the plants used, and keep thinking about , how they’ll look in a couple of months time.  

The first garden that caught my eye was the ReSource garden.   This has a fantastic pergola, which I love, and has apple trees growing up it. 


There is a water feature, which adds sound and is impressive, and the floor is laid in a brick pattern in what looks like reclaimed bricks which I love.

What I object to is the Corylus trees, which would completely block out the light and overcrowd the garden within a couple of years.

I love having somewhere to sit in a garden, so for me both the Graduate Gardeners - The Youth of Old Age.

and The Nature of Nurture Garden, were great as real gardens.

plus this garden also had a fantastic Greenhouse- so that you can garden in English weather (and so Deb the designer can shelter during the show!)

I didn't get the As time goes by garden, -I was drawn into this garden by the sedum roof, it’s a small shed, so hasn’t needed any strengthening like a larger shed might. 


Unfortunately the rest of the garden didn’t live up to the first impressions, - it’s built in 2 halves, which are meant to represent the difference in Garden design in the 25 years that the Malvern show has been here for. But to me it looked like 2 suburban gardens, one which was high maintenance with grass and bedding, and one mostly hard landscape, neither of them "designed"

I also found the Quaker garden perplexing, this was meant to be somewhere to relax and spend time thinking, - but I found it too complex and busy, and yet again, the plants would only look good for 3 weeks a year.


The Chris Beardshaw mentoring gardens were small and on a circus theme, Lyra's Garden was my favourite to look at (but no-where to sit)

and it was nice to take a photo of this log planter as i've suggested this to a client for planting up ferns

Now the sun has come out , and i'm off to do some shopping before the next meet up at our special tent.




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Great to meet you yesterday and I'm glad you enjoyed yourself

Karen - An Artist's Garden

Lovely to meet you Claire - and I am glad that you got home safely - although very late.


Good to meet you at last Claire and kudos to you for blogging from the show itself. You got the scoop!

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