Celebrity garden designers to tackle the environment at Malvern Spring Show

Malvern Spring Gardening Show (12-15 May 2011) is to dedicate its entire theatre programme to the subject of conserving the natural environment.

Matthew Wilson, Paul Hervey-Brookes, James Alexander-Sinclair, Chris Beardshaw and Joe Swift will feature as speakers alongside BBC One Show wildlife expert Mike Dilger and herb growers Jekka McVicar and Kim Hurst.

The new ‘Garden in Harmony Theatre’ features two walk-through gardens designed by 2010 Chris Beardshaw Mentoring Scholarship winner, Hervey-Brookes.

Hervey-Brookes' ‘In Flight Garden’ is described as a pocket space of valuable wildlife habitats and native species; the ‘Companion Garden’ is an area of pest-repellent, companion planting.

Alexander-Sinclair will host a four-day programme of talks and demonstrations.

Line-up

Thursday May 12

- Matthew Wilson and Jekka McVicar head the discussion panel on rain gardens and integrated pest management respectively.

Friday May 13

- Chris Beardshaw will talk about  ‘Biodiversity – What, Why and How?’ and Kim Hurst of The Cottage Herbery, will demonstrate organic and natural planting.

Saturday May 14 

- Joe Swift will explain how even the smallest urban garden can work in harmony with the natural environment, without compromising on beauty and style.

- Brigit Strawbridge and Tony Grey discuss wild bees, beekeeping and the importance of pollination and planting.

- RSPB's Garden Bird Roadshow.

- Mike Dilger makes his Malvern debut on Saturday and Sunday with a look at garden wildlife and natural predators. He will also lead a new showground nature trail for children and adults including foraging, pond dipping and habitats.

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