Special Guests at RHS Malvern Spring Festival

We’re always delighted to welcome many special guests to the RHS Malvern Spring Festival.  Our guests are on hand to share their expertise and knowledge of gardening, food and floristry with you. Take a look at who's joining us which day.

2019 Experts At RHS Malvern Spring Festival

Chris Beardshaw

Thu Only

A celebrated Designer, Plantsman and Broadcaster Chris Beardshaw has clocked up over 30 years’ experience in the horticultural world.

Known for his BBC television and radio work Chris is also a well-loved speaker and lecturer and is the author of 4 books.  He is a long-standing panel member of BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time and his broadcasting experience spans 18 years including major BBC2 series The Flying Gardener, Gardeners’ World & Hidden Gardens. 

Chris has designed gardens for English Heritage, National Trust, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saison, The Royal Parks alongside his popular show gardens which have earned him 12 RHS Gold Medals and in 2018 the coveted Best Show Garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Picture credit: Richard Kendal

Chris Beardshaw Chris Beardshaw Thu Only

Raymond Blanc

Thu Only

French born chef Raymond Blanc opened his first restaurant in 1977 and his renowned Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons Hotel and restaurant 10 years later. Celebrating over 30 years, it has retained two Michelin stars and also houses The Raymond Blanc Cookery School. Raymond is a best selling author. His TV series include Kew on a Plate and How to Cook Well.

Raymond Blanc Raymond Blanc Thu Only

Lee Connelly

Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun

Lee Connelly, The Skinny Jean Gardener, from BBC Blue Peter is on a mission to create memories with the family out in the garden. Inspiring the family with weekly gardening podcasts and Youtube uploads, Lee believes that no matter how big your garden we can all be gardeners

Lee Connelly Lee Connelly Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun

Monty Don OBE

Fri Only

Monty Don O.B.E. is the UK’s leading garden writer and broadcaster. He has been making television programmes for over twenty years on a range of topics, spanning travel, craft, outdoor living and, principally, gardening. He has been lead presenter of the BBC’s Gardener’s World since 2003 and since 2011 the programme has come from his own garden, Longmeadow, in Herefordshire. Monty has also made acclaimed prime time series such as Around the World in 80 Gardens, Monty Don’s Italian Gardens, Monty Don’s French Gardens, The Secret History of the British Garden, Monty Don’s Paradise Gardens & three series of Big Dreams, Small Spaces.

Photo credit: Marsha Arnold 

Monty Don OBE Monty Don OBE Fri Only

Carol Klein

Fri, Sat & Sun

Gardening expert Carol has appeared on Gardeners’ World since 1989, and presented programmes including Carol Klein's Plant Odysseys, Grow Your Own Veg and Life in a Cottage Garden, following a year in her garden. She has written numerous books and writes a column for The Guardian.

Photo credit:  Jonathan Buckley

Carol Klein Carol Klein Fri, Sat & Sun

Jonathan Moseley

Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun

The floral expert from the BBC’s The Big Allotment Challenge, Jonathan is an international demonstrator of floristry, based in Derbyshire. A National Demonstrator for the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies, Jonathan is renowned for creating large-scale floral designs with speed, efficiency and entertainment, bringing floral theatre to a whole new level.

Jonathan Moseley Jonathan Moseley Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun

Sarah Raven

Sat & Sun

Sarah Raven is a woman of many talents: she has worked as a doctor at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and is now a broadcaster, teacher and writer. Since the publication of her first book The Cutting Garden she has led the way over the last two decades in introducing a new kind of productive gardening which fuses intense colour, elegance and do-ability, bridging all kinds of gardening from dark rich dahlia glories, to subtler smoky modern colours of poppies, roses, sweet peas, and all kinds of vegetable deliciousness. She runs her own gardening and cookery school at Perch Hill in East Sussex, and is the author of many books.

Photo credit:  Jonathan Buckley

Sarah Raven Sarah Raven Sat & Sun

Joe Swift

Sat & Sun

Joe studied garden design at The English Gardening School at the Chelsea Physic Garden, while setting up his own landscaping company. A presenter on BBC Gardeners’ World since 1998, Joe regularly helps present the BBC coverage of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. He is also a designer and writer.

Joe Swift Joe Swift Sat & Sun

Frances Tophill

Fri & Sat

Frances is part of the presenting team for ITV’s Love Your Garden, together the team have travelled all over the country giving surprise transformations to the outdoor spaces of some very deserving people.  Frances’ role is predominantly plant-based, working in the garden throughout the whole construction of the site and lending a helping hand with the landscaping when it is needed.

 Frances is involved with the RHS campaign for school gardening and is passionate about enthusing young people to get into horticulture.  She is working on a number of community gardening projects in the South West and is also helping the redevelopment of some costal gardens that were damaged by the 2014 storms.  This is a particular passion of hers having grown up by the sea and was also part of her degree specialisation.

Frances Tophill Frances Tophill Fri & Sat

John Torode

Fri & Sat

A hugely popular and influential figure on the UK culinary circuit, John Torode is best known as the straight-talking co-host and judge of fourteen seasons of BBC1's MasterChef, Celebrity MasterChef and Junior MasterChef, as well as the presenter of A Cook Abroad: John Torode's Argentina and The A to Z of TV Cooking for BBC2. He is also a regular guest chef on ITV's This Morning.

John is passionate about sourcing the best of British produce, particularly within the meat industry, where he has long been a champion of rare breeds. In his quest to source the very best produce, he built strong relationships with many small farmers & butchers throughout the UK and aimed to share his knowledge through his widely distributed "Fine Meat List".

A well-known food writer, John regularly contributes to Olive and BBC Good Food magazines, as well as Radio Times and Red magazine and has supplied numerous articles for the Guardian, Daily Mail and Observer newspapers.

John's recent cookbooks include the bestselling My Kind Of Food: Recipes I Love to Cook at Home (2015) and his brand new book John Torode's Sydney To Seoul: Recipes From My Travels In Australia And The Far East, which was published on 31st May 2018.

John Torode John Torode Fri & Sat

Jo Whiley

Thu Only

BBC Radio 2 presenter and gardening lover Jo Whiley makes her debut at RHS Malvern Spring Festival. 

She will be talking openly about her love of gardening and music during the festival at the Three Counties Showground.

Photo credit: RHS / HANNAH MCKAY

Jo Whiley Jo Whiley Thu Only


Theatre Hosts At RHS Malvern Spring Festival

James Alexander-Sinclair

Theatre Host - Every Day

Garden designer James is an award-winning writer and has designed gardens around the world. He writes for Gardeners' World magazine and has been part of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show BBC coverage since 2008. He helped set up the Moscow Flower Show in 2012.

James Alexander-Sinclair James Alexander-Sinclair Theatre Host - Every Day

Mark Diacono

Theatre Host - Every Day

Mark has a long association with Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage series, having led the gardening team there. A food writer, grower and photographer, Mark also won the André Simon Food Book of the Year Award in 2015 for A Year at Otter Farm, based on his Devon smallholding.

Mark Diacono Mark Diacono Theatre Host - Every Day

Reg Moule

Theatre Host - Every Day

One of Worcestershire's best loved gardening personalities, radio broadcaster Reg has received five garden radio broadcasting awards from the Garden Media Guild.  He manages David's Nurseries near Worcester, and received the RHS long service medal in 2014 to mark 42 years in the horticultural trade. 

Reg Moule Reg Moule Theatre Host - Every Day