A roundup of the 2015 RHS Spring Festival at Malvern.
Weather always a big part in how successful a show turns out to be. Malvern 2015 started very cool and windy (which is always the worst element) but as the weekend approached it turned a little warmer and brighter.
By Friday afternoon the crowd was in full flow. Our rose advisory "Royal National Rose Society" stand which had proved difficult to put up on the Wednesday, due to wind threatening to dismantle the marquee, was looking superb. A lot of work and planning was put into the display before the show and then a dedicated group of members moved in to put the finishing touches to it ready for judging. The result was brilliant as the RNRS won its first gold medal from the RHS - a real shame that more from the RNRS HQ at St Albans had not witnessed it.
Being a cool spring many thought the rose entries would be well down, but a creditable 118 entries made it to the show and the standard was excellent. Best hybrid tea was an excellent specimen of the little known variety "Remember" exhibited by David Bryant (Burnham on sea). Best miniature was "Dr Tommy Cairns" exhibited by Neil Duncan. Best Miniflora was "Showstopper" exhibited by Mike Thompson. Best exhibit of hybrid tea's went to Gareth Davies with 3 "Our Millie" and best exhibit in show was a superb basket of the yellow miniature "Behold" exhibited by Ray & Pauline Martin. An exhibit which really caught my eye was a basket of "Rosa Banksiae Lutea" or the Lady Banks rose which I have never seen exhibited at any show in a small basket, superb! again exhibited by Pauline & Ray Martin.
Once again Malvern didn't let us down, a great show with quality blooms. Looking forward to 2016.