In the first of a new series of exciting open-air gardening events, passionate plant and garden lovers got a socially distanced gardening fix this weekend, at the sell-out, Malvern Plant and Garden Fair.
The hugely anticipated open-air event sold out of the limited number of pre bookable tickets, which were restricted by 25% of the normal capacity, to ensure visitors had plenty of space to roam within the 90 acre, Three Counties Show Ground in Malvern. The event was blessed with glorious autumn sunshine and visitors were able to buy and be inspired by over 200 plant and bulb nurseries, gardenalia stalls, delicious food offerings, spacious picnic areas and entertaining gardening speakers.
Visitors were treated to the pick of the season’s plants from Asters to Acers, Peonies to Palm Trees and Camassia bulbs to garlic sets, with many leaving the showground with bags laden and happy faces.
Vibrant with plants-people and gardening royalty, the alfresco Picnic Theatre, dressed by Form Plants, Torc Pots and Kate Rees, was hosted to autumnal floral demonstrations created by flower arranging virtuoso Jonathan Moseley, and talks and lots of floral fun and frolics from gardening greats including Carol Klein, James Alexander Sinclair, Mark Diacono and award winning garden designer, Mark Gregory.
Villagio Verde created a postcard view of their Greek Taverna Cove garden, a design that they will bring to full life when they return for the RHS Malvern Spring Festival in May 2021.
With Autumn on the horizon and the gardening year drawing to a close, plant nurseries were delighted to have the opportunity to meet customers, share growing tips and sell their carefully grown stock.
Rob Hardy, from multi-award-winning nursery Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants said, “This was a superb event, brilliantly organised with safety in mind. Nice to have some normality with visitors very so happy to be here and really keen to buy plants. Thank you to all visitors for supporting us.”
Designer Florist Jonathan Moseley who wowed visitors with his demonstrations throughout the weekend said “As the first and last flower show of 2020, Malvern magic permeated the show from start to finish. There was a good balance of wonderful plants with a generous dose of inspiration to make it a show that appealed to each and every visitor.”
Diana Walton, Head of Shows, Three Counties said, “We have been overwhelmed by the support shown to us by exhibitors, contractors and visitors, it has been a heart-warming experience to put together a two day extravaganza on our beautiful spacious outdoor site, which has given a haven of opportunity and excitement to all.”
The Three Counties Showground has been awarded the VisitEngland ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry charter mark. This verifies that the showground meets the Government and public health guidance on COVID-19 and that they have all the required health and safety processes in
place to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable visit.