A HEREFORDSHIRE gardener who has won three medals at RHS Chelsea Flower Show is preparing for her first garden at a show closer to home.
Olivia Kirk from Bishops Frome is creating The Collectors Garden, her first show garden at RHS Malvern Spring Festival, which celebrates the re-development of The Royal Porcelain Works (RPW) in Worcester.
The garden design provides a mix of history and modernity, by linking the Victorian heritage of the RPW site in Worcester, with its new re-developed 21st century role as a centre for the performing arts and modern craftsmanship. The RPW will open to the public at the end of June.
All the plants from The Collectors Garden are being relocated after RHS Malvern, to a central courtyard garden at the RPW, which is also being designed by Olivia.
Olivia said: “I am extremely excited about creating a show garden at RHS Malvern Spring Festival this year, as this is my local show and it has always been close to my heart, with its majestic backdrop of the Malvern Hills.
"What I have really enjoyed is creating a design which, like the redevelopment of the RWS, marries the best of its Victorian heritage with the design innovations of contemporary living.”
RHS Malvern runs from May 10 to 13.
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