Expert Panel offers top tips at Malvern Show

Respected garden writer, broadcaster and author, Nigel Colborn, will be sharing his planting ideas for the most awkward places in the average British garden, next weekend, as part of a brand new Q & A Theatre at the Malvern Autumn Show (25 & 26 September).

Dry spots, damp spots, shady spots, and those which suffer from over-use, are all covered as part of a new series of talks and expert advice sessions in the event's Harvest Pavilion.

Nigel is one of seven members of the Royal Horticultural Society's Tender Ornamental Plant Committee, which is running half hour planting demonstrations for the Show's 60,000 visitors, on both days between 11.00am and 3.00 pm.

A truly educational event for all ages, and gardening capabilities, the Show offers visitors a plethora of expert knowledge and practical know-how to take home, and for organizer, the Three Counties Agricultural Society, information exchange is key.

Nigel is joined by nurserymen Brian Hiley and Brian Taylor, cacti and succulent expert John Hughes, Cotswold Wildlife Park Head Gardener, Tim Miles, fuchsia specialist, Geoff Oke and horticultural consultant, Jon Wheatley.  

The sessions are open and free to all show visitors, and radio presenters Mike George (Saturday) and Glyn Johnson (Sunday) will act as hosts.

The Malvern Autumn Show takes place at the Malvern Showground in Worcestershire and

there's plenty of free parking and discounts for children (under 5 free), families and groups. For tickets and/or more information, please call the Ticket Hotline on 01684 584924 or visit

The Malvern Autumn Show is a fundraising event for the Three Counties Agricultural Society. Registered Charity No. 511868.


Nigel Colborn                    Plants For Awkward Places

Brian Hiley                         Growing and Looking After Echeverias

Nurseryman, Brian, has been growing tender and unusual plants for 27 years. He exhibits at all the major flower shows and is a Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medal winner.

John Hughes                      Cacti and Succulent Plants For The House & Conservatory

John has been growing cacti and succulent plants since the tender age of six and has been backpacking around their natural habitats in Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Brazil and Mexico. John is a judge for the British Cactus and Succulent Society, and will be demonstrating how a little care and attention can go a long way into making them a real feature.

Tim Miles                            Foliage Plants for Exotic Effects

Tim is Head Gardener at Cotswold Wildlife Park, and was previously Curator at The Lost Gardens of Heligan.  He is the co-author of The Complete Book of Container Gardening, has written many articles on 'Exotic Gardening', and not surprisingly, perhaps, is a banana grower!

Geoff Oke                           Fuchsias

Geoff is the Secretary of the British Fuchsia Society and will be talking about these delightful and popular plants.

Brian Taylor                        Planting Winter Containers

Brian is the owner and Chairman of Allensmore Nurseries in Hereford and will be sharing his ideas for winter container combinations.

Jon Wheatley                    Dahlias

John is a lecturer and horticultural consultant for several colleges and has wond many Royal Horticultural Society Gold medals. He owns and runs a bedding plant nursery in the Chew Valley, and will be talking to visitors about dahlias.


Article posted on 14 Sep 2010.

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