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Candide Cuttings: Bridgewater Garden, Malvern Spring Show and Chrysanthemum 'Archie Harrison'

Published on 10th May 2019

Bidgewater Garden

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has awarded a grant to the RHS Garden Bridgewater.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has received a grant of £98,900 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to invest in a new exhibition space.

The 'Potting Sheds' (pictured above) is one of the original features of the garden, and with the money awarded by the Heritage Fund, they will be restored and turned into a gallery revealing the fascinating history of the garden.

Originally, each shed had a specific purpose, such as growing mushrooms or storing wheelbarrows.

The garden was created in the 1840s by the first Earl of Ellesmere. It is one of the most extensive complete Victorian Gardens in the UK, and it will be the 5th garden of the RHS, once it's restored.

The garden has a rich history. Queen Victoria has visited it twice and used as a Red Cross hospital during the First World War. In the early 20th century, the garden fell into despair.

The RHS is still fundraising to restore the garden to its original state. To complete the restoration by 2020, the RHS needs to raise £4.8 million. You can donate here.

Malvern Spring Festival

The RHS has announced the medal winners of the 2019 Malvern Spring Show.

At each RHS show, the Society awards Gold, Silver-gilt, Silver and Bronze medals to exhibitors.

This year's Gold medal winners in the 'Show Garden' category are:

  • The Mindset Garden, which challenges visitors to experience life in two parts – the first a grey, lifeless, concrete-filled world, the other a flourishing and joyful space filled with colourful planting.
  • The Leaf Creative Garden, which offers visitors a chance to sit, rest and contemplate.
  • The Orange Express Garden was inspired by the remote fruit production areas of Spain.
  • 'What If In Support of Rees Foundation' Garden, which reflects the mindset of an artist with vibrant colours and rich textures.

The RHS Malvern Spring Festival is open from 9 am to 6 pm on Thursday to Sunday (9-12 May).

Chrysanthemum 'Archie Harrison'

A new Chrysanthemum has been revealed in celebration of the new Royal Baby.

Chrysanthemum 'Archie Harrison' has been revealed in celebration of HRH the Duke & Duchess of Sussex's first child.

Chrysanthemums Direct, the nursery selling the new variety, has kept the cultivar under wraps since the Duchess of Sussex announced her pregnancy last October.

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'Archie Harrison' is a September flowering variety with vibrant yellow flowers.

Martyn Flint, Manager of Chrysanthemums Direct, said: "We are delighted to mark this momentous occasion and share our congratulations with the new parents their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with our new Chrysanthemum' Archie Harrison'. We look forward to seeing Chrysanthemum' Archie Harrison' grow and prosper alongside its namesake."

You can order 'Archie Harrison' here.

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