The RHS Malvern Spring Festival, a four-day gardening extravaganza held at the Three Counties Showground, in association with My Pension Expert, is set to launch the exciting new RHS 2023 show season from 11 – 14 May 2023, with a whole host of thematic new zones, theatres, immersive experiences and interactive demonstrations.
The RHS Malvern Spring Festival features an unmissable line-up showcasing the country’s best-known expert horticulturalists and TV gardening personalities, the crowning of the very first RHS award-winning gardens of the year, plus a display of new talent and the latest in horticultural trends.
The theme for 2023’s festival is ‘Gardening for Everyone’ and there will be a focus on making gardening and horticulture open and accessible to all, while encouraging sustainable and planet-friendly practices that are kinder to the environment. The brand-new Tips & Tricks Area, complete with a Tips & Tricks Theatre, will help visitors learn how to creatively upcycle or reuse in order to create practical and attractive elements in their own garden.
The huge 190m long RHS Floral Marquee, filled with displays from over 50 of the UK’s best nurseries, will return for 2023 providing the opportunity to seek advice from expert growers and to buy choice plants and rare gems to fill gardens and homes. The new 2023 RHS Malvern Spring Festival Master Grower, confirmed as Hillview Hardy Plants – a family-run nursery based in Shropshire – will also be located within the Floral Marquee.
The Plant Village and Pavilions will provide a one-stop gardening emporium to stock up on British grown plants in flower and bulbs from some of the best nurseries from across the UK. Visitors can leave their purchases in the Plant Creche while they enjoy exploring the rest of the festival, and porters will be on hand to help carry purchases back to the car, free of charge!
A series of stunning Show Gardens and experiential Feature Gardens will provide plenty of inspiration and remain a highlight for many visitors. The ever-popular School Gardens will return once again in 2023, with the theme ‘Bring your favourite book to life’, inspiring children to connect creatively and sustainably with nature.
The Festival Theatre will once again feature a stellar line-up of expert horticulturalists and TV gardening personalities, with details to be unveiled in early 2023.
Also new for 2023 is the Bloom & Grow Area which will feature garden sundries retailers plus an allotment garden with experts on hand to provide advice about growing your own salad, herbs, and vegetables at home. In the Bloom & Grow Theatre, visitors will be able to watch demos and displays from local florists and pick up top tips for growing not just plants and flowers at home, but herbs and vegetables too.
In the new Fire & Smoke Theatre, visitors will be able to pick up ideas to improve their alfresco cooking at home by watching live demonstrations from a range of talented chefs and outstanding local food producers. There will also be numerous artisan food producers exhibiting some of the best food and drink Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire have to offer across the showground, complemented with mouth-watering international cuisines.
There will be plenty of family fun for all ages in the Discovery Dome across the long weekend, with arts and crafts sessions, science-based activities, workshops and entertainment.
Jane Edwards, Head of Shows at Three Counties Showground, commented, “Taking place in May, RHS Malvern Spring Festival is the first RHS Show of the season and this year the theme is ‘Gardening for Everyone’. Whether you’re on a budget and are looking for ways to upcycle a pallet into an outdoor table or you want to create an outdoor kitchen, we’ll have something to inspire you at the 2023 festival.”
Tickets for the RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2023 start from just £25 (with under 16s free of charge) and can be bought here https://www.rhsmalvern.co.uk/