This year’s Malvern Spring Gardening Show is promising a host of new features including themed and expanded garden displays and live events.
The show takes place at The Malvern Showground in Worcestershire from 12 to 15 May 2011. It will have 33 themed gardens across three categories including 13 designed around the ‘atom’; 12 show gardens including a Tudor-style historical parterre and one based on the British bank note; and eight sponsored school gardens. Students from four regional schools will also create a Tin Forest Garden using recycled metal models.
Other new features include a separate Olive Grove Feature Garden and an updated Garden in Harmony Theatre and stage with talks and demonstrations from celebrity gardeners, industry experts and wildlife enthusiasts.
“Gardening is one of the nation’s favourite pastimes, and each year thousands of enthusiasts flock to the big gardening shows. It is vital that events like ours showcase the very latest plant discoveries, design styles and gadgetry, and enhance the visitor experience by introducing new and innovative features each year,” show PR manager, Sharon Gilbert told EN.
The show attracted 98,000 visitors and 600 trade stand exhibitors in 2010 and is run by showground staff in conjunction with the Royal Horticultural Society. Another key message being promoted at this year’s event is environmentally-aware gardening.
“The programme of global conservation agreed at the UN Convention of Biodiversity last year was an enormous breakthrough in the fight to protect the natural environment, and gardening is one area where the general public can do its bit to help preserve and create habitats, garden organically and plant native species,” Gilbert said.
“The Malvern Showground has a responsibility to promote the green message through the Spring Gardening Show, which is an ideal platform to show gardeners how a few small changes in the way they manage their own immediate environment can make a world of difference,” she added.
In related news, the first Edible Garden Show from Channell Events will be held at Stoneleigh Park from 18-20 March 2011.