RHS Malvern Show Gardens
Lets take a look at our Top 3 favourite gardens from the RHS Malvern Spring Show
1. The ‘Hide Garden’
The Hide Garden is Designed by Emily Crowley-Wroe at April House Garden Designs. The garden was awarded a Silver Gilt Medal and a ‘Best Show Garden’ prize.
The idea of this garden was to celebrate nature on the doorstep. The garden represents a private retreat transporting the owner to a favourite place by the river.
The seating area invites reflection and connection with nature.
2. The ‘Vitamin G Garden’
Aggregates used: 4 x Bulk Bags of Stone Warehouse Cotswold 4-10mm.
Designed by: Alan Williams Garden Design and Jo Wiley, the Vitamin G Garden is inspired by the evidence-based research that was published in April 2021 by RHS scientists Professor Alistair Griffiths and Dr Lauriane Chalmin-Pui that proves how gardening benefits our mental, physical and social wellbeing.
The garden is based around a series of interconnecting capsules that form a daily dose of ‘Vitamin G’.
Above Left: Water troughs laid on Cotswold 4-10mm chippings.
Above Right: Cotswold 4-10mm chippings creating a stunning pathway.
It incorporates an area for contemplation, relaxation and restoration. A studio area is filled with art and a science lab which gathered data from visitors and captured their responses to the garden. The gravel pathways are a bright white creamy tone which contrasts beautifully against the greenery.
The adjacent area of the garden is inspired by social interaction. It features an enclosed paved area with a dining table encircled with scented planting. This stimulates the senses and the mind, encouraging connections to be made around the table with neighbours, friends and family.
3. The ‘Cancer Research UK Legacy Garden’
Aggregates used: 6 x bulk bags of Stone Warehouse Silver Grey Granite and 60m² of SWH gravel grid.
Designed by Karen Tatlow Garden Design, the peaceful and immersive Cancer Research Legacy Garden received a Silver Gilt Medal, ‘Best Show Garden’ and ‘Best Construction’ award!
This garden is designed to celebrate people who leave a gift in their Will. These gifts help to fund vital life-saving research.
The garden brings the important relationship between supporters and science to life through two halves.
The journey into the garden begins with a walkway on our Silver Grey Granite pathway into colourful planting, which represents people who have pledged a gift in their will to Cancer Research UK.
Above Left: The famous 'Moon Gate'
Above Right: Bubble like shadows fall onto the Silver Grey Granite footpath
A pergola provides a shaded place for visitors to sit and view the garden. Patterns of plants used in cancer treatments create the back screen and roof.
The transition to the other side of the garden is through a circular moon gate. This research side of the garden is enclosed and the planting is predominantly white, reflecting the clinical nature of research. Many of the plants featured in the garden have a connection with cancer. Chemicals from some of the plants in the garden have been tested for their anti-cancer properties while others have led to drugs that are in use today treating cancer.
We absolutely love the thought gone into this garden, and hope it inspires others to leave gifts in their will. You can do this via the button above.