GARDEN lovers from across Worcestershire attended a new socially-distanced gardening event in Malvern this weekend.

The Malvern Plant and Garden Fair was held with its capacity restricted by 25 per cent to allow for social distancing and to ensure visitors had plenty of space.

The event was held in glorious sunshine with more than 200 plant and bulb nurseries, stalls, food sellers and guest speakers on show.

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 from gardening greats including Carol Klein, James Alexander Sinclair, Mark Diacono and award winning garden designer, Mark Gregory.

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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.

“It was nice to have some normality with visitors so very happy to be here and really keen to buy plants. Thank you to all visitors for supporting us.”

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Designer Florist Jonathan Moseley 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.”

Three Counties head of shows Diana Walton 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.”