Much-loved TV florist and international Floral Designer Jonathan Moseley will welcome the full blooms of British flower growers to RHS Malvern Spring Festival.
An array of growers from across the UK will join front man of the BBC’s Great Allotment Challenge to host an abundance of workshops. In this area visitors will be invited to ‘Grow Your Own Wedding’ with easy to follow sessions in bridal floristry covering all things from buttonholes to bouquets.
Ken Nottage, CEO of Three Counties, said: “We’re thrilled to be providing a unique platform for the fantastic flower growers we have here in the British Isles. The introduction of this all-new area to RHS Malvern Spring Festival will offer growers far and wide the chance to showcase the best of British flowers. For brides, grooms and their families planning a wedding in the near future, this area will be a wonderful chance to learn how to add a home grown touch to their big day. We are really excited to see this area blossom and hopefully become a permanent fixture of the RHS Malvern Spring Festival.”
The Grow Your Own Wedding theatre will come to life in The Garden of Romance, designed by triple gold medal winner Jason Hales of Villaggio Verde. The first of its kind, this stunning show garden will transform into a floral theatre after judging. Visitors will be invited onto the garden itself to immerse themselves in Grow Your Own Wedding workshops taking place across the four-day event.
Jonathan Moseley said: “Homegrown flowers exude the style and personality that commercial flowers can only ever dream of. They have natural movement and charm with the added advantage of amazing fragrances. Naturally the idea of growing your own wedding could seem rather daunting, however many of the divine summer flowering annuals are incredibly easy to grow and you don’t need acres of space to produce them.”
Joining Jonathan will be an enviable role call of the finest in British flower growers. Reigning winner of the Great British Florist West Midlands Wedding Florists of the Year, Floristry on a Farm will offer expert guidance to visitors. Part of The Duchy Estate in Herefordshire, Floristry on a Farm pulls together a network of specialist British producers throughout the UK.
Flowers from the Farm will also bring along their network of farmers and smallholders showcasing the glories of British cut flowers countrywide. Alongside demonstrations on buttonholes, boutonnières and posies, Flowers from the Farm will highlight the wide variety of flowers available on our doorsteps.
Unique social enterprise, Organic Blooms will join with their team of growers and florists. The collective are famed for working wonders with nature to benefit people with disabilities and support needs. Organic Blooms have also recently introduced edible flowers to their crops.
Others taking to the stage include Far Hill Flowers, working in harmony with nature to showcase the most beautiful cottage garden flowers of traditional and native varieties, both cultivated and wild. Together with Georgie Newbury of Common Farm Flowers hot of the heels of her latest book release, The Flower Farmer’s Year: How to Grow Cut Flowers for Pleasure and Profit.
RHS Malvern Spring Festival brings to the fore the finest in both gardening and food. Visitors can expect stunning show gardens and nursery displays alongside a bounty of food producers, eclectic shopping and top tips from celebrity chefs and garden experts alike.
The Godfather of Gardening Alan Titchmarsh and National Treasure Mary Berry will also be headlining RHS Malvern Spring Festival. The two legendary icons will take to the stage as the landmark gardening and food festival returns to the Three Counties Showground this May.
RHS Malvern Spring Festival takes place from Thursday 5 May until Sunday 8 May 2016. Tickets are now on sale. For more information on ticket prices, please call 01684 584900 or visit www.rhsmalvern.co.uk