RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2024 at Three Counties Showground

RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2024 at Three Counties Showground


Posted 2024-05-01 by Andy Colemanfollow

Thu 09 May 2024 - Sun 12 May 2024

The RHS Malvern Spring Festival returns to the Three Counties Showground from May 9 to May 12, 2024. The show, presented in association with My Pension Expert, features a stellar line-up of TV gardening personalities, horticultural heroes and influential cooks. Highlights include Alan Titchmarsh MBE, BBC Gardeners’ World presenters Adam Frost and Frances Tophill, author and organic grower Jekka McVicar, RHS Vice President James Alexander-Sinclair, broadcaster Ellen Mary, chefs Marcus Bean and Joe Woodhouse, and Hairy Biker Si King.

Stellar: Frances Tophill and James Alexander-Sinclair at last year's Malvern Spring Festival

The first specially designed gardens of the 2024 RHS Floral Show season will be open for inspection. This year’s festival will see eight RHS-judged show gardens that promise an eclectic mix of designs, reflecting traditional ideas and avant-garde concepts. The 2024 feature garden, The Secret Escape, is by RHS gold medal-winning Jamie Langlands, Lead Designer at Oxford Garden Design, who was responsible for Wilder Spaces, last year’s Best Show Garden, Best Construction award and the People’s Choice Best Show Garden award. Jamie’s hidden garden will feature an unconventional dance floor surrounded by the sights of nature and the sound of music, and a horse box converted into a bar. Access to this one-of-a-kind garden is through a ‘disco polytunnel’ filled with lush greenery and a mirror ball casting kaleidoscopic reflections. It will be surrounded by wild and unkempt planting to act as a disguise for this hidden treasure.

Winner: 2023's Wilder Spaces, designed by Jamie Langlands. Pic: Andy Coleman

The popular Tips & Tricks Theatre makes a return, hosted by Leigh Johnstone, aka ‘The Beardy Gardener’. A range of experts will share top tips for growing edible produce, clever ways to save costs in outdoor spaces and handy tips for upcycling, reusing and mending. Jason Williams, aka ‘The Cloud Gardener’, will share advice on ways to transform grey spaces into green ones, with actionable ideas to try at home for those living in apartments and flats with limited outdoor space.

Nurseries: A range of plant sellers are a magnet for show visitors. Pic: Andy Coleman

New to the show in 2024 is the Festival of Houseplants, a treasure trove of indoor plants to brighten up even the smallest spaces. Located in the new Kildare Hall, this indoor oasis will feature an array of independent house plant shops, with expert growers on hand to offer guidance and advice. Special guests include Sarah Gerrard-Jones, also known as ‘The Plant Rescuer’, Ben Newell of Worcester Terrariums, Joe Bagley, aka The Houseplant Doctor, and Jonny Balchandani, The Bearded Plantaholic.

It wouldn’t be an RHS Flower Show without a kaleidoscope of colourful flora and fauna to admire, and this year there is a 190m Floral Marquee full of carefully selected exhibitors, with over 60 of them vying to be awarded a coveted RHS medal.

Colour: Spring flowers at the 2023 festival. Pic: Andy Coleman

One of the region’s most talked about street food events is making its debut at this year’s festival. Digbeth Dining Club, which featured on BBC’s The Hidden World of Hospitality with Tom Kerridge in 2023, has gained a stellar reputation for curating popular street food events by bringing together the best independent local food traders with DJs, live music and unique venues to create a one-of-a-kind dining experience.

Find out more about this year’s RHS Malvern Spring Festival at www.rhsmalvern.co.uk

Tickets for RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2024 start from £15 for a new Saturday ‘Taster Ticket’, and entry for under-16s is free.


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