The judging panel included Stephen Woodhams (chair), Arne Maynard, Martin Fish, Roger Platts as the garden judges and Dougal Philip chair), Rosemary Alexander and Richard Barnard as garden assessing judges.
The judging of the professional show gardens was based on the RHS criteria of delivery, design, atmosphere, planting and construction. The RHS floral judging was based on overall impression, plants and endeavour.
Best in show winner Jason Hales, from Villaggio Verde, said: "We are over the moon to have been honoured with both a gold medal and best in show at this years RHS Malvern Spring Festival. It makes all the hard work worthwhile. The sun is shining, the ground is filling up and we're looking forward to a really cracking festival."In the floral marquee, Auricula ‘Princess Charlotte’, a new cultivar bred by Drointon Nurseries, and named after the new royal baby, was a highlight.
Other highlights included:
- A rare display of Chinese Quince aged over 80 years old – displayed by Mendip Bonsai Studio
- Four new geums from Roger Proud of East of Eden Nurseries, Carlisle.
- A new Primula sieboldii ‘Essie’ from Staddon Farm Nurseries.
- An edible pelargonium launched by Warwickshire-based Fibrex called ‘Lemon Fancy’.
- A selection of Penstemons by Green JJam Nurseries which are cures for toothache.
- A 150-year-old crataegus and a 50-year-old pinus grown from seed displayed by Pinewood Bonsai
- A rare salmon pink Crinodendrum hookerianum ‘Ada Hoffman’ from Pheasant Acre Plants.
There are 106,000 plants expected to be sold at the event, according to the RHS - about one per visitor.