Bringing The Great Outdoors Indoors At RHS Malvern Spring Festival
ENTHUSIASM for greening up the indoors is growing and the humble houseplant is bang on trend right now.
Instagram feeds are awash with stunning #plantgang and #houseplantclub inspiration. And it’s something this year’s RHS Malvern Spring Festival is embracing.
Head of RHS Malvern Spring Festival, Diana Walton, said: “We’re always keeping a close eye on gardening trends to make sure that we give our visitors what they want. The rise in popularity of houseplants is something we’re proud to celebrate and support.
“Our brand new Green Living Spaces category includes an interior space which aims to inspire visitors to fill their homes with gorgeous greenery and there will also be talks on the art of Japanese kokedama and plants that purify their surroundings.”
The Floral Marquee welcomes some new nurseries that will be showcasing houseplants including Surreal Succulents and Andy’s Air Plants alongside some RHS Malvern favourites including Weird Plants by Gill and Hampshire Carnivorous Plants.
Taking the terrarium trend to new heights, Paul Hervey-Brookes is turning the elegant glasshouses into magnificent focal points. He’s bringing three seven-metre spectacles to the show, each one featuring a different tree, including a palm tree, pomegranate and olive.
The internationally acclaimed landscape designer said: “Terrariums completely capture our imaginations, like little perfect green versions of the world - they offer escapism and creativity in the smallest of homes.”
Those with a passion to find out more will be able to chat to specialists in the National Plant Societies Marquee and seek inspiration from their terrarium display.
In the Pavilion of Art & Flowers, planting designer Carolyn Dunster, will demonstrate the Japanese art of kokedama, which transforms houseplants into dangling sculptural objects. These hanging fern kokedama and other suspended glasshouse/conservatory plants will be dressed with trailing foliage.
She said: “My inspiration is the string gardens of Japan where city dwellers with very little space create hanging gardens of breathtaking beauty. I love making kokedama because they provide the perfect way to combine planting design and floristry skills and they’re the answer to displaying houseplants in a totally natural, hand-crafted sustainable setting.”
Tickets are now on sale for RHS Malvern Spring Festival, which takes place from Thursday 10 May until Sunday 13 May. Free entry for children under the age of 16 is available throughout the festival. For more information on ticket prices, please call 0844 811 0050 (calls cost 7p per minute plus network extras) or visit www.rhsmalvern.co.uk.