Malvern Plant Fair success

Given the trauma of the last six months and the cancellation of so many flower shows and plant fairs, it is no surprise that news of the first in a new series of exciting open-air events at The Three Counties Show Ground, Malvern would be highly welcome and a great success.

The Malvern Plant and Garden Fair event sold out the limited number of pre-bookable tickets, which were restricted by 25% of normal capacity, to ensure visitors had plenty of space to roam within the 90 acre site. The glorious autumn weather certainly helped and visitors were delighted to be able to buy and be inspired by over 200 plant and bulb nurseries.

The vibe is that there were plenty of visitors able to get the pick of the season’s plants from Asters to Acers with many leaving the showground with bags laden and happy faces.

Autumnal floral demonstrations were given by flower arranging virtuoso Jonathan Mosely and there were talks and lots of floral fun from gardening greats including Carol Klein (pictured above) and James Alexander Sinclair, as well as Mark Diacono and Mark Gregory.

Rob Hardy, from multi Award winning nursery Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants said: “This was a superb event, brilliantly organised with safety in mind. Nice to have some normality with visitors very so happy to be here and really keen to buy plants. Thank you to all visitors for supporting us.”

Designer Florist Jonathan Moseley who wowed visitors with his demonstrations throughout the weekend commented:  “As the first and last flower show of 2020, Malvern magic permeated the show from start to finish. There was a good balance of wonderful plants with a generous dose of inspiration to make it a show that appealed to each and every visitor.”

Di Walton, Head of Shows, Three Counties, was delighted with the support shown by exhibitors, contractors and visitors and said it had been a heart-warming experience to put together the two day show against the beautiful background of the showground.

Judging by the success of this first outdoor show I think we can expect a lot more, hopefully, in the future and think we would all agree that it was definitely the tonic many of us needed.

Image credits: Lynn Keddie