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WIN a VIP experience at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival

PUBLISHED: 12:54 12 March 2019 | UPDATED: 13:00 12 March 2019

RHS Malvern Spring Festival (c) Nigel Byde

RHS Malvern Spring Festival (c) Nigel Byde

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Seen by many as the start of spring, the RHS Malvern Spring Festival is host to show gardens, plant and floral displays, food and drink, top shopping, and a star-studded line-up of gardening and food heroes

The RHS Malvern Spring Festival returns to Three Counties Showground this May, capturing a kaleidoscope of colourful moments in time as it takes us Through a Lens.

With headline sponsor from UK short break provider Great Little Breaks, the four-day festival from May 9-12 will be host to inspirational RHS Gold Medal-winning show gardens, top-quality specialist plant and floral exhibitors in the beautiful Floral Marquee and expert advice from some of the UK’s top gardening and food heroes.

RHS Malvern Spring Festival has been held at the showground in Worcestershire since it began in 1985.

Seen by many as the start of spring, the festival opens the door to the summer season, attracting more than 100,000 people annually.

There’s plenty to look forward to over the space of the festival, from breathtaking floral displays, to some of the best shopping, food and drink around. Inspiration for this year’s festival comes from the silver collide process, which has been used in photography for 180 years. In celebration of this anniversary we will be looking through the lens to capture a moment in time.

A star-studded line-up of gardening and food enthusiasts have been unveiled as guest appearances. They include green-fingered DJ Jo Whiley, confirmed as a first time guest at the festival, Gardeners’ World favourites Monty Don, Joe Swift and plantswoman par-excellence Carol Klein.

Cooking up a storm Masterchef host John Torode will be back for his second visit, plus chef Raymond Blanc returns to talk about his love of food and gardening. Other well-known faces include TV presenter Chris Beardshaw, The Big Allotment Challenge’s Jonathan Moseley and leading plantswoman and author Sarah Raven. The fresh young face of gardening Frances Tophill is an exciting new addition to the show this year as she creates a stir in the world of horticulture.

Chris Beardshaw in the Festival TheatreChris Beardshaw in the Festival Theatre

The School Garden Challenge is always a hit at RHS Malvern, with the region’s schools taking part will be given a four-metre square garden space at the showground, creating a garden with the theme ‘A Moment in Time’. A chance to get creative and colourful in the great outdoors, this is a chance for schools to boast their talents through gardening, all whilst teaching children about planting, design and construction.

Created by the very best in the business, the Show Gardens at RHS Malvern, are a real treat for any visitor. In 2019, eight Show Gardens and five Green Living Spaces will be on display - six of which will be from brand new designers to RHS Malvern. Hoping to be awarded prestigious RHS medals, designers will also be on hand to answer questions from visitors and to share their very best hints and tips.

The Floral Marquee is home to a stellar selection of 70 hand-picked leading nurseries from across the UK. With space in the Floral Marquee at Malvern being the hottest ticket on the flower show circuit, there is a long waiting list. A haven for gardeners wishing to take something special home, the Floral Marquee is also a great place to quiz the experts on how to improve your gardening.

In a first for 2019, the marquee will feature an indoor plant area, where visitors can pick up the very best house plants and succulents. The rise in popularity of indoor growing comes after the hashtag #plantsofinstagram attracted millions of followers, with millennials falling head over heels for the not-so-humble houseplant.

In the House Plants feature, ten award winning nurseries will be exhibiting plants for indoor spaces – from trendy succulents and air plants to all colours of rainbow streptocarpus and luscious exotics foliage.

With more than 37 per cent of the British population living in rented accommodation, the Green Living Spaces area is all about bringing the outdoors in. For everything from patio to balcony gardening, the Green Living Spaces area demonstrates 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.

The benefits of horticulture on health have long been recognised, this theme springs up throughout the festival. In the Live Well Zone, we shine a spotlight on the role gardening plays in your health and wellbeing. Explore how mobilising gardening and craft communities can achieve inspiring results.

Floral marquee (c) Nigel BydeFloral marquee (c) Nigel Byde

With a heavy focus on mindfulness and wellbeing at this year’s festival, visitors will find plenty of opportunities to wind down and take five minutes out of the day.

For those that appreciate the finer things in life, the shopping on offer at this year’s festival is second-to-none. From hand-picked artisan crafts to an array of picture perfect plants. Meander through the Shopping Arcades and discover beautiful artisan arts, crafts and gifts.

We’ve teamed up with RHS Malvern Spring Festival to offer one luck winner a Great Little Breaks VIP experience at RHS Malvern Spring Festival. The prize includes:

• 2 x tickets to RHS Malvern Spring Festival on Saturday, May 11

John Torode at RHS Malvern Spring Festival (c) Phil StevensJohn Torode at RHS Malvern Spring Festival (c) Phil Stevens

• 2 x front row seats in the Grow and Cook Theatre for one of John Torode’s timetabled demonstrations

• Chance to assist John on stage

• Meet and greet with John Torode after theatre demonstration

• Afternoon tea for two in the Linden Suite Restaurant

Advance tickets to RHS Malvern Spring Festival are now on sale, with prices starting at just £19 for RHS and Three Counties members, or £21 for the general public. Children under 16 go free. Click here to book.

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