I find the GW show at the NEC a huge dissapointment and refuse to go again, I wouldnt mind visiting Malvern but not if its the same as the GW show.
No it isn't - local food produce as well, and a very different atmosphere. The specialists, tend to be the same so you are not missing that and floral marquee is as good.
As I said before was also disappointed at GW.
Why not give it a try.
Malvern is the best show I have been to and I went again this year on the first day. It gets better every year. The show gardens, which frankly could be disappointing years ago, are now very good and as they are done on more limited budgets than Chelsea/ Hampton Court they are more relevant to you and me. The Floral Marquee houses many of the country's best nurseries and you can shop until you drop. I usually have no real idea what I am going to buy and then find I have run out of money, there are so many wonderful plants to buy. This year I concentrated on Alpines, which are my new love. Heaven in a gardening show. Aumn Show at Malvern is just as good, and especially for spring bulbvs etc.
Watched Malvern on tele' last night. Torn between Room for a View & 1950's French theme garden. I lost both my Treefern & Agarve, despite protection 3 years ago, so enjoy looking at them. But..the romance and atmosphere of a bygone age was very appealing.
I look forward to hearing views of those who actually go to the show. Enjoy.
would love to go.. but to far for me to travel.. so please put pictures up you lovely peoples who go.. so i can see.
Just been given some tickets for tomorrow - more pennies to spend on plants.
Will attempt to take photos , but don't hold your breath as to quality.
Well I have spent most of the day planting all my purchases - inbetween the rain showers! Malvern was brilliant - lots to see, show gardens amazing especially the French cafe theme one which was my personal favourite, looked like it had been there forever. School gardens were exceptional, loads of enthusiasm, lots of Monty's and Joe's in the making I am sure. Plant Pavilion - it was evident that everything is running late, not quite 'the wow factor' of previous years, but very good nonetheless; and the plant sales ... well I blew my budget, bought geums, perennial geraniums, unusual primulas, herbs and quite a few other perennials. Great value plants, good quality and different choices from the usual garden centre varieties. I urge you to go along and enjoy yourself!
We need lots of children to take an active interest in gardening BUT please NO MORE Montys or Joes. They made no effort at all to take an interest in the fantastic gardens of the children at Malvern and Joe Swift pointblank refused to go and see them and talk to them when asked to do so by a teacher. They are not good role models for the children, and so far have failed to apologise for this snub. ( see other threads on this subject... Good evening forkers and Encouraging the next generation)
I agree with you - always visit the childrens gardens - it's part of Malvern
I loved Malvern this year - its a lovely show with plenty to see, and the wallet got hit a bit too. The show gardens were largely beautiful, several spectacular but those and some others were not shown to their best advantage including the schools gardens on the GW programe which was a huge disappointment. Some of the school gardens merited mention - they are our gardening future, with Chris Beardshaw presenting an award to one school. Sadly not even a glance - sorry BBC you've really shot yourself in the foot there. I didn't realise the presenters chose not to go to see them. Are their boots too small now? The standard of plants as usual lovely despite the winds and weather around in the week before when setting up. I live fairly locally so it's a joy to be able to go - must now go and plant