'Out of Darkness' Show Garden - RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2015

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In May 2015 I designed and built my first Show Garden, titled ‘Out of Darkness’ for the RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2015. After months of planning and three weeks of intense building work the completed garden looked fantastic. The RHS judges awarded the garden a Silver Medal and we had a huge amount of praise from the general public.



Everyone has a shady area in their garden. All it takes is a hedge or high wall and you are left with dark corner that you may feel is uninspiring and difficult to plant.  With our Out of Darkness garden we hope to demonstrate that any shady area can be transformed into a haven of calm and natural beauty.

The planting scheme highlights the wonderful array of shade-tolerant plants available to any garden enthusiast and demonstrates how they can be used to create an attractive blend of colour and texture.  The fresh, vibrant planting is combined with crisp hard landscaping to create a dynamic combination of light and dark.

The showcase piece within the garden is the innovative moss graffiti, which when viewed in perspective alongside the decked trunk feature, creates a striking tree image.  The garden also offers a quiet area in which to sit and soak up the tranquil atmosphere. 

The Out of Darkness garden hoped to inspire Festival visitors to re-think those neglected shady areas and demonstrate that out of darkness something beautiful can be created.


The Design


Axonometric Drawing

Moss Graffiti Tree by Malvern based Artist - Lee Morris



To read more about the build process and general experience go to my blog: http://www.robinidesondesign.co.uk/malvern-show-garden-build-day-one