Creating garden boundaries
May 22, 2011
Back from Malvern and my four ‘Blogathon’ show posts, and then down to Devon to meet the Dobies team (discussions on the next few months – we’ll tell you about our plans in due course), I am relieved to see that the new potager has not suffered in my absence. A little weeding, the addition of some bamboo towers to support climbing French beans (‘Cobra’), the planting out of same, including the dwarf variety ‘Ferrari’, and I’m ready to turn my attention to the plot boundaries.
So much variety at Malvern
May 15, 2011
From show gardens to plant stalls – and much else besides; there has been so much to see at the Malvern Spring Gardening Show. A quick glance at any one exhibit, and you may miss the subtlety. It’s taken me almost four days and I still have not covered it all. I loved the way some garden designers tackled a tricky subject – what to do with a plot that is shady for most of the day. Alex Bell’s ‘Fade to Shade’ (above) presented a range of ideas and solutions for such difficult corners. Somewhere to sit and relax without overmuch hard landscaping, softened by lush and soft planting.
Malvern: Garden Designers of the Future
May 14, 2011
Everyone reading the Dobies of Devon blog is a keen gardener; but how many of us aspire to becoming a garden designer, with all that such a career entails? Well, enter for the Chris Beardshaw Mentoring Scholarship at the Malvern Spring Gardening Show and you could be on the way to becoming one of the “untapped source” that the world of horticulture is looking for. Somebody who can “create gardens that can compete on a world stage,” in the words of Chris Beardshaw himself, who set up the scheme in conjunction with TCAS (Three Counties Agricultural Society) a few years back, with the generous sponsorship of Bradstone.
Gold medal garden – with a twist
May 14, 2011
A well-known politician once said, “on your bike!” or words to that effect; and that’s just what garden-designer, Hanna Genders, did to source all the plants and materials for her enchanting garden at this year’s Malvern Show. Everything that she utilised in ‘My Very Local Veg Garden’, from plants to the wooden palings which formed the perfect backdrop, and the stone chippings along the paths, were located within cycling distance of her Worcestershire home. It well deserved Gold Medal status.
Blogging ‘Live’ from the Malvern Spring Gardening Show
May 14, 2011
In my last post (end of April), I said I hoped to be blogging ‘live’ from the ‘RHS Malvern Spring Flower Show‘ – and here I am! The sun is shining and I’ve already taken a turn around some of the show gardens (much food for thought) and the many plant stalls and displays. Everyone is frantically busy putting the finishing touches to their stands; although the show gardens have already been assessed and judged, so the designers are somewhat at a loose end. There is a huge difference to the scene of three weeks ago – more to follow tomorrow.