Thursday 10 May – Sunday 13 May 2018



RHS MALVERN SPRING FESTIVAL 2018 is set to take visitors on a journey of discovery.
Following on from this year’s hugely successful celebration of Malvern’s heritage as a Victorian
spa resort, inspiration for next year’s show is being drawn from The Great Exhibition of 1851.

Hosted at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern, from May 10-13, and set against the
backdrop of the picturesque Malvern Hills, the theme for 2018 will bring the influences of The
Great Exhibition into 21st century living.

Head of Show, Diana Walton, said: “We’re channelling the spirit of the Great Exhibition with
plenty of innovation, education and a spectacular day out. There’ll be so much for visitors to
explore. We’re also linking into the ambition of the Great Exhibition and hoping that just as its
influence lived on long after the event, our visitors will have such a memorable day it will leave a
lasting impression for many years to come.”

The town of Malvern was put into the global spotlight in 1851 when its prized waters formed the
Great Exhibition centrepiece. At the opening ceremony, led by Queen Victoria, its waters
cascaded through a magnificent 26ft crystal Schweppes fountain.

Diana added: “We’ll certainly have our own striking features to admire. We’ve introduced lots of
fresh aspects to surprise and delight such as Giant Terrariums and The Great Pavilion of Art &
Flowers, as well as our brand new garden feature, Green Living Spaces. We believe that we
showcase the very best in gardening, food and lifestyle, from our inspiring show gardens and
award-winning nurseries to fabulous food from inspirational chefs and lots of family fun, we
know our 2018 festival is going to be magnificent.”


NEW FOR 2018
Visitors will be treated to an experience in a space bursting with 2,600sqm of exquisite flowers
and beautiful works of art. The Pavilion will showcase the way the natural world has inspired
artists throughout the centuries.

Three stunning giant six-metre terrariums, created by internationally acclaimed landscape
designer Paul Hervey-Brookes, will showcase a Palm tree, Olive tree and Pomegranate as
striking focal points.
Paul said: “I was inspired by the Wardian packing cases, an early version of the terrarium, used
to bring specimens from South America back to Europe. Considering the aspect of origin, I
thought they’d be a good way to reference the landscape of elsewhere and transport it to
Malvern. These focal points will echo a sense of journey and carry imaginations to exotic sunny

This section will centre around an Eco Marquee with talks on sustainable gardening,
demonstrations and interactive art all around the theme of community and growing food.
Due to the popularity of 2017’s Grow Zone, eco landscape designer, Hannah Genders returns
to curate even more inspiring projects as part of this newly enhanced area.
She said: “I’ve had the privilege of creating a number of show gardens over the years and this
was the best thing I’ve ever done at a show. I’m back in 2018 with a bigger and better space
and more stories to inspire. I can’t wait!”

A new-look pavilion will let gardeners show-off their best flowers, bulbs, alpines, vegetables, pot
plants, ever-popular succulents and photography. First time gardeners will have access to
National Plant Societies in a marquee brimming with knowledge and advice.

RHS Malvern Spring Festival takes place from Thursday 10 May until Sunday 13 May 2018. Tickets are now on sale. Free entry for children under the age of 16 is available throughout the festival. For more information on ticket prices, please call 0844 811 0050 (calls cost 7p perminute plus network extras) or visit www.rhsmalvern.co.uk

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