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Monday, 13 May 2013

Inspirational Garden at RHS Malvern Show

Boathouse 09
Boathouse 09
A boathouse thats seen better days

The gardening season has started and the top gardening shows have begun. I was lucky enough to visit the RHS show at Malvern last week and what a joy it was to see such creative gardens. The standard was as high as Chelsea and the planting combinations were excellent. I was able to enjoy the planting without the crush of the London crowds but with the beautiful backdrop of the Malvern Hills.

There was a Tour de France theme that carried through quiet a few of the garden. The most remarkable gate I have ever seen provided the perfect finishing touch to a lovely blue and yellow alpine garden. This was Cyclo Tourisme Velocio

Represents part of the 1903 Tour through a cafe and the landscape to the Alps

Here below we have Le Stage Final
Tour de France
A garden depicting the final stage of the Tour de France. The trees are the avenue up the Champs Elysees
The planting throughout was varied and interesting. There was an multifarious collection of shrubs, trees, perennials which is so much more inspiring.
 Three gardens really stood out one was Reposer Vos Rouse a rustic cafe set in the south of France.
Reposer Vos Roues
Reposer Vos Roues
This was a cafe in the South of France where cyclists could rest

East meets West
East meets West
East meets West was a spectacular landscape. It was lush and inviting with a good mix of plants from all around the world, which I think is synonymous with British gardens, where very little is actually native. I love Acer Palmatum planted close to water and natural stone. It was a very colourful garden brought to life by foliage more than blooms. This garden would looks good whether plants were in flower or not. Paths wound gracefully around the landscape and it fitted like a glove into the Malvern hills and established tree

Finally Room for a View

Room for a view
Room for a View

An intriguing sculptured spiral stair case drew you into this a garden. I believe it was inspired by the wonderful Cornish Trebah garden. The stone work was amazing and the foliage planting with large architectural tree ferns fulfilled the whole durasic jungle feel I felt at Trebah.

NB: BBC Gardeners World from friday is still on the Iplayer.

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