Cotswold designer scoops Best in Show at RHS Malvern Spring Festival
By David Wood | 6th May 2022
This year's 2022 celebratory themed RHS Malvern Spring Festival has seen Cotswold based designer Emily Crowley-Wroe awarded Best in Show for her stunning creation The Hide Garden.
The garden also received a Silver Gilt medal for its design, that celebrates nature on the doorstep. The immersive space represents a private retreat, transporting you to a favourite riverside spot and was superbly popular with the judges.
Designer Emily Crowley-Wroe said: "This is my first time at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival, and I am absolutely thrilled to have received a Silver Gilt Medal, but then to have the bonus of winning Best in Show, is delightful!
"It's been a real labour of love and is inspired by a local nature reserve. The garden incorporates archetypal layers and forms in the planting and provides an emotive connection to place.
"I have worked closely with Sinton Tree and Landscapes to realise the design and it is all down to the kind sponsorship and support of Saige Composite Products and Malvern Garden Buildings."
About the award-winning garden, James Alexander-Sinclair, RHS chair of judges, said: "The judges were thrilled to be back at the Malvern Spring Festival after such a long break and were delighted with the standard of the gardens.
"The Hide Garden designed by Emily Crowley-Wroe was a deserving Best in Show. The slick modern building, strong geometry, the soothing trickle of water and a soft naturalistic colour palette captivated all the judges."
Joining Emily Crowley-Wroe with Silver Gilt Medals are Karen Tatlow and Jamie Langlands.
The Cancer Research UK Legacy Garden is a peaceful and immersive space designed by Karen Tatlow and is designed to celebrate people who leave a gift in their will, which in turn helps to fund life-saving research.
The Peaceful Escape Garden, in contrast, offers a modern and intimate space to relax, with evergreen and soft serene planting to create a relaxing and contemplative feeling. Designer Jamie Langlands from Oxford Garden Design also built the space with sponsorship from London Stone.
Abigail's Footsteps Garden sponsored by the charity of the same name that provides bereavement support for families following the loss of a baby, is designed and created by Rick Ford and is a contemplative space for parents. It is a calming space, with a series of interconnected spaces that reflect the transitions parents experience.
Finally, the judges awarded two Bronze medals, firstly to Rhodri Wilson with his innovative low maintenance garden, dedicated to working, relaxing and entertaining, and the remaining award was handed to Malvern newcomer Laura Ashton-Phillips for The Longcroft Press Garden, a very personal space dedicated to the designer's family orchard in the Forest of Dean.
The full awards list is available on the Three Counties website at https://www.rhsmalvern.co.uk/compete/
RHS Malvern Spring Festival runs until Sunday 8th May. Limited tickets are available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday
For more information on the nurseries, gardening specialists and the 2022 show and feature gardens visit: www.rhsmalvern.co.uk
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