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Award-Winning Gardens at Malvern Autumn Show 2013

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Prizes galore at the celebration of food and gardening
Two Gloucestershire students scooped gold with their garden design at this year's Malvern Autumn Show. Jake Poloni, aged 22, and Steve Mann, 20, both Landscape Architecture students at the University of Gloucestershire, won the top prize in the Edible Gardens section with Rockford 'Rock' Garden.

Malvern Autumn Show
Winner: Rockford Garden

The exhibit was designed to promote the American city of Rockford, 80 miles from Chicago, Illinois, as a tourist destination. The pair were chosen to design the garden after winning a competition run at their university by Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Malvern Autumn Show

The garden is divided into a grid, referencing patterns visible from aerial views of the city and its surrounding field layouts. The planting features edible crops found in both the States and the UK, including maize, barley and sugar beet. Hazel, elm and beech trees represent the woodland surrounding the city, while a path crossing water symbolises the natural ford crossing where Rockford was first founded by settlers.

Malvern Autumn Show
Knockout: Alan Gardner and his Food Versus Flowers exhibit

The second highest award at Malvern, Silver-Gilt Flora, went to Alan Gardner's 'Food Versus Flowers' garden. The design is based on a boxing ring, complete with a grow-bag as a corner post, and represents the battle between growing huge amounts of food using herbicides and the efforts to produce crops organically. In the red corner are rows of weed-free kale plants, in the blue corner is a mix of kale and agricultural weeds, a common sight before the use of chemical sprays.

Malvern Autumn Show
Time for tea: Daniela Krasnanova and her Tregothnan Tea Garden

The remaining three exhibits were awarded Silver-Flora medals. 'The Tregothnan Tea Garden' was designed by Daniela Krasnanova and Caspian Robertson. It recalls Tregothan's tea plantation in Cornwall and offers a relaxing setting to enjoy the food and drink made from the garden's produce.

Malvern Autumn Show
Making a meal: A Place to Grow, A Place to Dream

'A Place to Grow, A Place to Dream' is the work of Nottingham designer Andrew Tudbury whose aim was to show how everything to make a meal can be grown in a small area. He succeeds by planting courgettes, onions, peppers, beans, tomatoes, olives, garlic, aubergines and herbs all ingredients in Ratatouille. The garden also features a cooking area and a sink for washing and preparing the vegetables.

Malvern Autumn Show
Budget gardening: Out of the Red, Into the Green

Somerset's David Neate-Stidson's offering is 'Out of the Red, Into the Green', a garden for those on a tight budget. It proposes that making time for relaxing, unwinding, eating and drinking together is important in these economically challenging times. It makes us consider what we should value most.

Next year's Malvern Autumn Show takes place on September 27 and 28, 2014.
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Why? A celebration of food, gardening and nostalgia
When: Sept 27 - 28, 2014
Phone: 01684 584 900
Where: Three Counties Showground, Malvern, WR13 6NW
Cost: TBA
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