Garden designer wins at Malvern

May 30 2018
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A GARDEN designer from Eastville has come up smelling of roses after winning a medal and the popular vote at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival.

Andy Bending was awarded a Silver-Gilt medal for his first show garden, The Salad Deck.

The garden also won the People's Choice award, voted for by many of the 100,000 visitors from across the country during the four day gardening festival. 

The Salad Deck garden was part of the Green Living Spaces, a project set up by RHS ambassador, Jamie Butterworth. 

The gardens in this project were examples of gardening in a small space, now that 37 per cent of the UK population live in smaller homes and apartments. 

Andy's garden featured an espaliered apple tree, a meditation deck of reclaimed scaffold boards and a living wall of salad leaves, herbs and edible flowers. 

Andy said: "I wanted to create a garden which showed a great example of home-grown food in a small space, without compromising on beauty or function. You don't need a 'veg plot' when space is limited, simply inter-plant edibles into your borders."

All the plants in the garden were edible and organic, designed to fit in with Andy's holistic approach to gardens whilst promoting the health benefits of growing your own food. 

Andy said: "Growing vertically when space is limited really helps fit more into your garden. Growing healthy salad just outside your kitchen door, raised off of the ground, aids easy picking and watering, and deters slugs too."

The garden also featured artwork by Bristol artist Steph Renshaw. A non-toxic aluminium etch of seed heads decorated the bold archway forming a transition between the two areas of the garden, one for relaxing and meditation, the other one, an entertaining space. 

The garden attracted much media attention during the festival, featuring on BBC's Gardener's World, with presenter Adam Frost, which was aired on Friday May 11. 

The garden was also visited by BBC Radio 4's Gardener's Question Time guest, Chris Beardshaw, whose garden design career started at the Malvern festival. 

Celebrity top chef Raymond Blanc, who met with Andy in the garden, gave some sound advice on salad growing and the use of Angelica in cooking. 

The Malvern Spring Festival ran from the May 10-13 at the Three Counties Showground in Great Malvern.

Andy has been designing gardens since the early 2000s. He founded the ethical gardening company, Bristol Organic Gardening in 2012. He is a pre-registered member of the Society of Garden Designers.

To find out more about Andy visit www.andybendinggardendesign.co.uk or call him on 07943 495158.