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Just days left to enter RHS Malvern Spring Festival

Malvern Editorial 12th Mar, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

ASPIRING garden designers have just a matter of days left to apply for a bursary and the opportunity to take part in one of Malvern’s biggest events.

Gardening lovers can apply for £3,000 bursary to help create a show garden at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival – one of the UK’s top gardening events – taking place between Thursday, May 8, and Sunday, May 11, at the Three Counties Showground.

Working in conjunction with The Cotswold Gardening School, the RHS Malvern team is seeking to inspire and encourage newcomers who may have previously been unable to financially commit to creating a show garden. Applicants should be innovative, inspired and and brave in their designs.

Applications must be received by Friday (March 14). Successful applicants will be awarded the £3,000 bursary and access to a panel of mentors to help bring their garden ideas into reality.

Nina Acton, RHS Malvern Show development officer, said: “At the show, we have always encouraged creativity by giving designers an open brief for their show gardens. In the new Festival Gardens category we are looking to attract the innovators and ground breakers that have always wanted to have a go but for whatever reason have never done so.

“No prior horticultural or design experience is needed. We have expert mentors to help fill that gap. All anybody needs is a great idea and buckets of enthusiasm.”

Caroline Tatham from The Cotswold Gardening School added: “I’m really excited to be involved with this project. The freedom afforded by the open brief means that designers can really flex their creative muscles and create something cutting edge and innovative.

“We will be on hand every step of the way to offer practical help and guidance to bring the designs to life.”

Visit www.threecounties.co.uk/springgardening/ for more information about the Festival Gardens event and the application criteria.

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