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Lesley, Cardiff

Hi - off to Malvern tomorrow.  Long shopping list and money burning a hole in my pocket - can't wait.  Anyone else visiting - what are you going to look at and shop for?  I am looking for lily bulbs and unusual perennials - hope the weather is kind.

Matty2

I am going - getting excited. have made a list, that keeps being added to,

People who haven't been are missing a treat, I think

Looking for water plant advice, and shopping for shade lovers, clematis (always) , some perennials, But especially for a acer fromn a specialist, but will have to watch pennies for that.

And some gardening things a tool and for some ideas.

Based on today may get blown away though!!

Matty2

We'll have to come back and say what we bought 

flowering rose

walk along the Malvern hills afterwards and enjoy the views from on top of the golden valley.have fun.

Matty2

Just have to stand in my garden to see the Hills 

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Tegan M

It supposed to be raining there Saturday but dry on Sunday, for anyone going at the weekend

Salino

...you're all very lucky to be going, .. it's one show I think I would really enjoy...

Lesley, Cardiff

Agree with Matty2 that Malvern is a real treat - will let you all know what plants I bring home 

LeadFarmer

Is it usually better than the GW show at the NEC? 

Matty2

I last went to NEC 3 years ago and was disappointed. Then discovered Malvern I cannot compare now, but always enjoy Malvern - 

Looking forward to hearing what you got up to Lesley — am travelling up there from Cardiff on Saturday, having given the RHS Cardiff show a miss this year in lieu of a first trip to Malvern!

LeadFarmer

I find the GW show at the NEC a huge dissapointment and refuse to go again, I wouldnt mind visiting Malvern but not if its the same as the GW show.

Matty2

No it isn't - local food produce as well, and a very different atmosphere. The specialists, tend to be the same so you are not missing that and floral marquee is as good.

As I said before was also disappointed at GW.

Why not give it a try. 

Woodgreen wonderboy

Malvern is the best show I have been to and I went again this year on the first day. It gets better every year. The show gardens, which frankly could be disappointing years ago, are now very good and as they are done on more limited budgets than Chelsea/ Hampton Court they are more relevant to you and me. The Floral Marquee houses many of the country's best nurseries and you can shop until you drop. I usually have no real idea what I am going to buy and then find I have run out of money, there are so many wonderful plants to buy. This year I concentrated on Alpines, which are my new love. Heaven in a gardening show. Aumn Show at Malvern is just as good, and especially for spring bulbvs etc.

KEF

Watched Malvern on tele' last night. Torn between Room for a View & 1950's French theme garden. I lost both my Treefern & Agarve, despite protection 3 years ago, so enjoy looking at them. But..the romance and atmosphere of a bygone age was very appealing.

I look forward to hearing views of those who actually go to the show. Enjoy.

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gardeningfantic

would love to go.. but to far for me to travel.. so please put pictures up you lovely peoples who go.. so i can see.

Matty2

Just been given some tickets for tomorrow - more pennies to spend on plants.

Will attempt to take photos , but don't hold your breath as to quality.

Lesley, Cardiff

Well I have spent most of the day planting all my purchases - inbetween the rain showers!  Malvern was brilliant - lots to see, show gardens amazing especially the French cafe theme one which was my personal favourite, looked like it had been there forever.  School gardens were exceptional, loads of enthusiasm, lots of Monty's and Joe's in the making I am sure.  Plant Pavilion - it was evident that everything is running late, not quite 'the wow factor' of previous years, but very good nonetheless; and the plant sales ... well I blew my budget, bought geums, perennial geraniums, unusual primulas, herbs and quite a few other perennials.  Great value plants, good quality and different choices from the usual garden centre varieties.  I urge you to go along and enjoy yourself!

Woodgreen wonderboy

We need lots of children to take an active interest in gardening BUT please NO MORE Montys or Joes. They made no effort at all to take an interest in the fantastic gardens of the children at Malvern and Joe Swift pointblank refused to go and see them and talk to them when asked to do so by a teacher. They are not good role models for the children, and so far have failed to apologise for this snub. ( see other threads on this subject... Good evening forkers  and  Encouraging the next generation)

Matty2

I agree with you - always visit the childrens gardens - it's part of  Malvern