Standards at Malvern break records despite late spring

The late season and a shortage of plants did not prevent gold medals being awarded at spring gardening show.

Unprecedented standards at the Malvern Spring Gardening Show saw a record 39 gold medals awarded, despite the late arrival of spring. Exhibitors said the late season meant a short supply of plants of show standard, but this made no impact on the judges. Last year, the RHS awarded only 24 golds and 41 silvers. This year, there were 38 silvers because of the rise in golds, according to RHS shows manager Bob Sweet. Gold winner and best show garden was Warwickshire designer Paul Dyer’s Emperor’s Garden. The multi gold medal winner at Chelsea picked up a Malvern gold for his modern Japanese-style design. A representative for Dyer said that after creating traditional-style gardens in the past, it was suggested he should attempt a modern design. He submitted both styles and the traditional garden was awarded a silver flora. Three Counties Agricultural Society representative Sharon Gilbert said: “We are extremely pleased with the record number of gold medals — in spite of the late season and apparent short supply of plants.”

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