Take a look at what took place in the Grow Zone in 2017, come back soon to see what we are doing in 2018.
Gain inspiration from the work of RHS medal winners or go along to a workshop in the Tipi Theatre to get just the right advice for your own growing.
Countryside and Wildlife
This interactive garden, designed by RHS Gold Medal winner Jon Wheatley, features a variety of spaces to stimulate your sight and senses. Amble through the garden and browse the fruit and vegetables, and don’t be surprised by the bees and wildlife that you’ll on the way
At the Keder Greenhouse you will be able to take a look at what can be achieved all year round when a protected environment is used for growing.
The garden supports the work of Bees for Development, an organisation which promotes sustainable beekeeping to combat poverty and to build sustainable, resilient livelihoods. To find out more make sure you head down to the garden.
About Jon Wheatley
Jon’s career started in commercial horticulture and, after training at RHS Garden Wisley, focused on urban parks, landscape design and management. He now runs a nursery and landscape management company. Jon has won 14 Chelsea Gold medals.
This area consists of a collection of raised beds, all planted with edible plants and arranged around a central seating space. Curated by RHS medal winner Hannah Genders, each bed tells a story of the different organisations creating them. You'll see beds designed by the following organisations:
Incredible Edibles Bristol - A bed showcasing how edibles are used across Bristol to challenge use of public realm space whilst changing unloved spaces into productive gardens.
Grown not Flown - Celebrating the UK grown flowers market with a bed of Edible flowers for cutting.
Community Orchard, Redditch - Representing orchards all over the UK, sharing the fruit they grow. This one is in Redditch and is linked into its local community with lots of things going on all year.
Oversley Hill Farm and Forest - Sisters Amy and Sophie have returned to run their family farm in Warwickshire and are setting it up as a forest school farm, to teach children where their food comes from.
Garden Organic - Showcasing a bed of lettuces all heirloom varieties from the Heritage Seed Library.
Rush Farm Biodynamic - A community owned biodynamic farm with a real vision for the future of farming and growing food.
The Fold Care Farm - All the edible plants, herbs and flowers in this raised bed have been grown by adults with mental health issues and learning difficulties, together with staff and a diverse range of volunteers.
About Hannah Genders
Hannah has a passion for creating beautiful gardens that are sustainable and wildlife friendly. Hannah set up her landscape design business 20 years ago. She received People’s Choice Award at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2004 for her Small Garden and RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2010.
Bees and Ceramic Flower Meadow
Take a stroll through the Ceramic Flower Meadow created by Creative Arts in conjunction with Creative Black Country. You’ll have the opportunity to take home your very own piece of the meadow as the flowers are being sold at the end of the festival.
See bees at work in the Bee Marquee as the Worcestershire Beekeepers’ Association display hives, where you can see the inner workings of a hive, and try and spot the queen bee.
You’ll be able to sample honey created by these tiny workers and try to identify which honey came from which crop. There will be lots of experts on hand to answer your questions.
Want some guidance on how to create your own edible beds, how to create a productive garden or want more wildlife coming to your garden?
Then come along to the Grow Tipi where you can meet a host of experts and be involved with the Q&A sessions. Experts heading down to the Tipi include Monty Don, Carol Klein, Joe Swift, Jekka McVicar VMH, Martin Fish, Nick Dunn VMH and many more.
The Tipi will be dressed with canvases inspired by nature and designed by Tom Genders. Tom will also be doing live paintings at the festival.
Grow to Show Competitions
No experience is need here just a bunch of enthusiasm and imaginations. Local enthusiast come together to showcase their home grown specimens in the Grow to Show competitions.
New for 2017, the Paul Hervey-Brookes Growing Challenge, introduces new classes for enthusiasts and new comers to compete in
You can enter these competitions now.
About Paul Hervey-Brookes
Paul is a well-respected designer who has built a strong reputation for landscapes and gardens that are classically English relying on planting schemes to create spaces and rich, multi-layered habitats. His plant-focused philosophy is rooted in his early training at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh and subsequent garden experiences.
He has created a number of show gardens including four at the Chelsea Flower Show, where he won Gold with the Brand Alley Garden in 2013 along with creating gardens for Bradstone in 2010 and the RNIB in 2011, winning a Silver and Silver-Gilt Medal respectively.