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.
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!