Organisers at RHS Malvern Spring Festival have unveiled details of five displays designed to encourage a new generation of gardeners, inspired by 'Generation Rent'.

Championed by Jamie Butterworth, RHS Ambassador and passionate horticulturist, the Green Living Spaces are to highlight that you don’t need a huge space to have a beautiful garden.

Mr Butterworth said: “I am both proud and excited to be involved once again in the RHS Malvern Green Living Spaces category. It is one of the most fun, visionary and important new categories at any RHS Show.

“Now in its second year, we welcome five inspiring new designers to create a visionary garden in the smallest of spaces, showcasing the importance of plants and horticulture on our health and happiness. New for 2019, each designer will also have their own inside space in which they can bring the outdoors in and the inside out. I cannot wait to see what the designers produce this year.”

The Green Living Spaces gardens, all designed by women, aim to show a new audience how they can enjoy gardening and growing by maximising the use of small patios or balconies.

Each Green Living Space consists of a balcony or patio garden joined by an interior-designed indoor living space.

Herefordshire born Sara Edwards will be making her RHS Malvern debut alongside South West-based Jessica Makins and Gabriella Pill from Surrey.

This year will also see two international entries, with Russian-born Anastasia Yakovleva and Stacey Bright who will be travelling to the festival from South Africa.

Head of Shows Diana Walton said it was vital to show everyone how to get involved, especially given 37 per cent of the UK’s population falling into the Generation Rent category.

She said: “It’s important that we can inspire the next generation of horticulturists through proving that having no garden at all is not an excuse to not grow plants, and how even a small windowsill can be the perfect growing spot.

“These ladies are incredibly talented garden designers from all over the world. We’re thrilled to have two international designers come over to RHS Malvern this year, and we can’t wait to see all of their Green Living Spaces at the festival.”

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