Horticultural heroes and gardening greats lead the line-up at RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2024

RHS Malvern Spring Festival, is back at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern from 9 to 12 May 2024, with the godfather of gardening, Alan Titchmarsh, taking centre stage.

By Emma Luther  |  Published
Gardening favourite Alan Titchmarsh is back at RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2024.

RHS Malvern Spring Festival, the trailblazing four-day horticultural showcase, in association with My Pension Expert, is returning to Three Counties Showground, Malvern from Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 May 2024, with an outstanding line-up of expert horticulturalists, TV gardening personalities and special guest speakers. 

Taking centre stage at the Festival Theatre this year is one of the UK’s best-loved gardeners, writers and television presenters, Alan Titchmarsh.

BBC Gardeners’ World favourites Adam Frost and Frances Tophill will also appear, with Frances sharing insights into how to care for a small garden, along with a fresh approach to growing your own.

Other Festival Theatre guests include RHS vice president James Alexander-Sinclair; horticultural broadcaster Ellen Mary; former BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Toby Buckland; and landscape designer, Jon Wheatley.

A new Kitchen Garden Theatre, created by Stonebarn Landscapes, will offer visitors the chance to relax within an immersive kitchen garden while watching live cooking demonstrations from a range of talented chefs and outstanding local food producers.

There'll be lots of expert tips, clever ideas and inspiration on cooking with home-grown ingredients. Special guests include organic grower Jekka McVicar who'll host a herb growing masterclass. Marcus Bean — regular chef on ITV’s This Morning — and Si King from The Hairy Bikers duo will also feature on the Kitchen Garden stage.

Festival regular and cooking expert, Mark Diacono, and wild food guide and author, Liz Knight, will respectively share tips on seasonal delights and foraging.

Planting designer, garden writer and author, Carolyn Dunster, will take audiences through a guide to growing and cooking with edible flowers, foliage, herbs and seeds, and Joe Woodhouse — praised as one of the UK’s best vegetarian chefs — will share his passion for vegetables.

The Festival of Houseplants, a new feature at this year festival, will host an array of horticultural experts sharing tips on everything from how to choose the perfect houseplant, to troubleshooting advice for tricky specimens.

Experts appearing over the weekend include Jonny Balchandani; terrarium expert Ben Newell; and houseplant doctor Joe Bagley, as well as experts in organic pest control and plant swapping.

The popular Tips & Tricks Theatre will make a return, hosted by garden designer and passionate mental health campaigner Leigh Johnstone, and a range of special guests sharing clever tips and ways to upcycle, reuse and save money in creating green spaces.

Flower farmer James Greig is sharing his tips on creating a hand-tied bouquet from your garden, while sisters Jo and Lorraine Caley from Caley Brothers Mushrooms, will share their advice on growing mushrooms at home.

The Potting Shed Theatre, tucked inside the Floral Marquee, will host specialist gardening knowledge talks in a series of informative sessions.

Guests include leading floral designer Jonathan Moseley, who will share his tips for getting the best out of home-grown flower arrangements, and former head gardener of Westminster Abbey Chris Collins, along with a series of nursery experts, poised to share growing tips on a plethora of plants and flowers.

In addition to the special guests, this year’s festival will feature the first RHS show and feature gardens of 2024, a showcase of top nurseries and plant experts as well as a packed programme of family fun in the dedicated Discovery Zone.

Tickets for the RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2024 start from £15 (with under 16s free of charge) and can be bought at rhsmalvern.co.uk.

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