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Sunday, 9 May 2010

The Malvern Spring Show 2010 Show Gardens: The One That Caught My Eye.



I managed to drag myself away from Tumbledown Farm for a few hours this week to take a peek at the Malvern Spring Show. As usual, despite the crowds of people and grisley drizzley weather I took lots of photos. I will try my best to post some of them over the next few days for those of you who could not make it to the show.



The garden I particularly liked probably appealed to me the most because it reminded me very much of home. From a distance it looked like a shabby old shed with a rickety fence. On closer inspection it was still a somewhat rickety fence and reclaimed chicken house but it was planted in such a way that you could not help but be charmed just a little by it.







A selction of cottage garden style plants were corralled in by the fence but the edges of these were blurred by wildflowers and weeds making it difficult to tell where the garden started and the wilderness finished. You could imagine fields and meadows, perhaps an orchard laying beyond it. A clematis snaked around the fence like it had always been there and the whole garden had that air about it, like it had always been there, rather than something that had just been specially constructed for the show. If it had been picked up and left in a quiet field somewhere I could almost hear the birds squabling noisily in the hawthorn and see a robin confidently flitting about in the veg patch.






The garden is called The Recovery and Wellbeing Garden. It was designed by Mark Eveleigh to promote the allotment project currently being organised by the Birmingham and Solihul Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.
 


One of my favourite elements was a path laid with the most beautiful hand made tiles. The 150 terracotta tiles were all made by users of the Birmingham and Solihul Trust. I really felt that they added an extra special twist to the garden lifting the feeling of it being just another quaint vegetable plot to one with a good dusting of contemporary style.



The garden was one of only two at the show to win a gold medal. It really did deserve it. Very subtle, very clever, I loved it!




19 comments:

Liz said...

Hi RO,

Very nice garden and I have to agree that it does look lovely and no doubt a very welcome habitat for wildlife!

mothernaturesgarden said...

The tiled path would enhance any garden.

HappyMouffetard said...

Hi RO, you took some beautiful photos of that garden - I didn't notice the tiles, so thanks for bringing them to my attention :-)

Elephant's Eye said...

Even the scarecrow is partying, with a corsage in his buttonhole!

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

They did a great job! I like the tile too. Thanks for showing us the pictures!

BilboWaggins said...

Thank you for sharing your Malvern pictures, really look forward to seeing more.

I ummed and erred about going and DH kindly encouraged me to treat myself as a pre-birthday outing but I didn't fancy the 500 mile round trip. Convinced myself to spend the petrol money on plants instead!

apple said...

Saw the tiled path on Gardeners' World and loved it! Looks even better on your photo!
All your photos are beautiful!
Thank you for sharing RO.
Apple
xxx

Ryan said...

The tiles were absolutely gorgeous and the garden looked as though it had been there for years.

Your photo's really do it justice.

Ryan

gardenbeet said...

i did not make it either...so thanks for the photos

Marian said...

The tiles make it all the more personal and special, that they have received and given back. The garden as spiritual/mental healer yet again.

Rothschild Orchid said...

Bilbo that sounds like a good decision, that would have been one hell of a jouney!

I absolutely loved those tiles.

My Malvern pictures weren't great, the weather was poor, I was feeling down in the dumps and over tired and in the middle of trying to snap this garden these three really annoying chaps came and stompped all over it. There was a very loud one with not too much hair, an exceedingly bouncy posh one who seemed to have had far too much coffee and a very moody one with fantastic thighs....I wonder who they could have been?

Anna said...

Beautiful tiles - now why didn't I see them although I did clock up the scarecrow. Spent far too much time in the marquee and only looked at the gardens quickly - must remedy that in the future. Now I wonder just who those three annoying chaps could be :)

Jan (Thanks For Today) said...

Oooh, that tiled path is so festive and whimsical!

gz said...

That garden is good, it looks real not contrived

Carrie said...

This was my favourite too and made the whole event worth it in my mind - ECOTHERAPY ROCKS!!

Rothschild Orchid said...

My thoughts exactly Carrie xxx

gigi said...

Thanks everyone... Mark Eveleigh, the designer and creator of this little garden gem, is my husband! I loved it too... your amazingly beautiful photos really did do it justice... but who were those men??
I'm glad Mark was able to give you all so much pleasure!!!

elizabethm said...

It was my favourite too and for much the same reasons! I loved the way it reminded me of home and thought it was both subtle and beautiful. I wish I had managed to meet you as I love your blog too. There was definitely not enough time for people and plants. I needed another day.

Esther Montgomery said...

'Just a little'?! I feel very reassured by it!

I very much like the tiles - but I'm not sure they look quite at home in this little garden. Maybe because they stand out as new?

Overall though, it's lovely and gentle and peaceful and, if it's still there . . . you may well come along one day and find me sitting in the shed.

Esther