Seven Worcestershire schools are set to appear at Malvern's prestigious horticultural festival.

The students will showcase their mini plots at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival in the School Garden area.

A variety of enticing displays and new show gardens will feature in the four-day event from Thursday 9 to Sunday, May 12.



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The show's feature garden, titled The Secret Escape, is by RHS gold medal-winning Jamie Langlands, who is lead designer at Oxford Garden Design.

The garden comprises a hidden grove where nature meets a unique dance floor, access to which is through a mirrored 'disco polytunnel' filled with vibrant greenery.

Eight RHS Judged show gardens reflecting a blend of traditional ideas and cutting-edge concepts are expected this year.

The designs include works from celebrated designers like David Wyndham Lewis, Mark Draper, Laura Ashton-Phillips, and many others, each with their own distinctive contributions.

Malvern Gazette: The festival's feature garden, by RHS gold medal-winning and leading designer at Oxford Garden

Mr Wyndham Lewis' show garden, The Laskett, is a tribute to the creators of the famous Herefordshire garden, Sir Roy Strong CH, and his late wife Julia Trevelyan Oman CBE.

It is also to raise awareness for Perennial, a charity supporting those retired from horticulture.

The garden was gifted to Perennial by Mr Strong in 2021.

Mark Draper's The Cotswold Garden will include features like a self-supporting stone dome, distinctive dining and lounging areas.

Ms Ashton-Phillips, will present a native wild space and kitchen garden combination, 'Eat, Drink and Be Rosemary'.

She partnered with Gloucester’s Wotton Lawn Hospital, where patients assist in growing some of the plants.

Meanwhile, the festival will host a new Festival of Houseplants, showcasing indoor greenery.

Visitors can expect activities ranging from engaging workshops to shopping opportunities.

This year's festival is being held in association with My Pension Expert.

It will be held at Three Counties Showground, displaying more than 50 nurseries in the Floral Marquee, with more in the Plant Village and Pavilions.

Additionally, young gardeners from 11 schools across Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire will showcase their creativity with mini gardens, all on the theme of 'The Magic of Music'.

Ticket prices for the festival start from £15 for a new ‘Taster Ticket’.

Under 16s can enter free of charge.