RHS Malvern Spring Festival returns after two-year break

Princess Anne

The RHS Malvern Spring Festival has returned after a two-year break, attracting 100,000 visitors including a member of the royal family.

Princess Anne was among the visitors to the four-day event – the largest RHS flower show outside London and the 35th to be held at the Three Counties Showground.

Shows manager, Jane Edwards, said: “This was our first year back after a two-year break and we couldn’t have hoped for a better reception to our 35th anniversary festival.

“The team have introduced lots of super new features, alongside a wide selection of special guests and a range of stunning show and feature gardens.

“This year’s festival had a truly celebratory feel and our gardening and food experts kept visitors entertained and inspired with lots of take-home ideas and tips.

“The jewel in our crown is the new permanent Platinum Jubilee Garden and we were honoured to receive HRH The Princess Royal to plant the final tree in this stunning new space.”

The central focus of the festival is always the Floral Marquee. This year it offered visitors over 50 specialist nurseries and growers to peruse.

The hand-picked nurseries included several newcomers to Malvern from across the UK. Making their festival debut were G&K Carnations, Harriet’s Plants, Lincolnshire Pond Plants and Ottershaw Nursery.

Malvern regular Pheasant Acre Plants was awarded Master Grower status and used the even to launch a new bulb subscription service.

The festival hosts 350 retailers and vendors on site, ranging from garden buildings to outdoor sculptures and jewellers to high-end clothing brands.