• Green Living Spaces, RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2018

  • In my opinion, one of the very best flower shows in the UK.

    Set in the stunning Malvern Hills, this is a truly delightful show. Here at Butterworth Horticulture, it’s one of our absolute favourite shows to visit and exhibit at.

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  • Green Living Spaces was a brand new category for 2018, never seen before at a previous RHS show.

    This is such a relevant and important topic; showcasing that you don’t need a huge space to create a beautiful garden. We are proud to have mentored and worked alongside four designers, each new to the show’s scene. For more information on the Green Living Spaces category, visit https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/malvern-spring-festival/news/2018/green-living-spaces

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  • In addition to mentoring the four balcony and patio gardens, we also had the privilege of designing and installing a front garden to the house. As plant designers and soft landscapers, our space was all about the plants. Identifying planting solutions that would work in such a small space and also enhance it to bring the garden to life.

  • We divided this front garden in two, with half showcasing sunnier, meadow planting that would knit together and provide a blanket of seasonal interest, popping with colour and a haven for wildlife and pollinators.

    Whilst on the other side, we created a tapestry of woodland interest; a rich combination of shade-loving perennials that formed a lush carpet of early season interest. A full planting list of what was used can be found below.

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  • On one side, a specimen Cornus kousa ‘Starlight’ took centre stage, an earlier flowering cultivar that burst into life to wow the visitors to the show.

    Whilst on the other, a mature Acer griseum dazzled with its stunning bark and beautiful shape, casting and creating dappled shade for the woodland planting beneath.

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  • Planting design is an art as well as a science. A successful planting scheme depends on an in-depth knowledge of plants, as well as a good eye when combining them. Jamie has both of these and to add to that he has always been a pleasure to work with.

    Humaira Ikram, Garden Designers and Lecturer

  • To ensure the space was functional as well as beautiful, we included a parking space.

    To maximise the space, we designed this on a slight angle, and used two strips of Hard Buff Yorkstone sets, tied together with decorative chippings. This not only ensured that water had somewhere to go, but also provided the opportunity for planting low growing, resilient alpines throughout the gravel that would knit together and help add further greenery.

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  • As with any project, our industry partners played an integral role in delivering the overall project.

    With huge thanks, all plants were generously supplied by Hortus Loci nursery, and all hard landscaping was supplied by industry leading stone supplier, London Stone. Rolawn supported us with turf and topsoil. The entire project was beautifully and expertly delivered by the team at Big Fish Landscapes.

    We are delighted to be involved in the Green Living Spaces category again in 2019. For more information and to book tickets, please visit https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/malvern-spring-festival

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  • Planting List

    Cornus kousa ‘Starlight’ Acer griseum

    Wisteria floribunda Syringa ‘Boomerang Dark Purple’ Hamamelis pallida Hydrangea petiolaris Taxus baccata Topiary Domes

    Perennials Sun:
    Camassia leichtlinii caerulea Lychnis flos -cuculi Allium ‘Mont Blanc’ Alchemilla mollis
    Alchemilla erythropoda Salvia ‘Caradonna’ Thalictrum ‘Black Stockings’

    Perennials Shade:
    Hosta ‘Devon Green’ Tiarella cordifolia Osmunda regalis Silene dioica Geranium ‘Bill Wallis’ Cornus canadensis Hosta ‘Paul’s Glory’
    Polypodium vulgare Aquilegia vulgaris Geranium robertianum ‘Album’ Angelica daurhica Rodgersia podophylla Valeriana pyrenaica Saxifraga urbium

    Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Garnet Schist’ Festuca amythestina Luzula sylvatica ‘Taurenpass’ Melica altissima ‘Alba’

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