Kate Durr to build Festival Garden

Student garden designer Kate Durr has won the opportunity to build a Festival Garden at RHS Malvern Spring Festival on 7-10 May.

The national RHS Festival Garden competition was introduced in 2014 to inspire and encourage up and coming landscape designers to create a show garden.

Successful applicants are awarded a ?3,000 bursary and are supported by a panel of horticultural and construction experts in the lead up and build of their garden.

Durr explained: ?Raised in the countryside I?ve always loved plants and gardening. Creating gardens for our homes over the years in London, Los Angeles and now Wiltshire, inspired me to turn my passion into a career.

?My tutor, designer Caroline Tatham, suggested I submit a design for the competition and to my delight, it was selected.

?The RHS have been most encouraging and very helpful. I am fortunate they have created the Festival Garden category at Malvern for newbies just like me.?

Durr?s garden ?Constraining Nature? is built in support of Ucare and is sponsored by Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa in association with Dyofix Pond Colours.

This year RHS Malvern Spring Festival is celebrating its 30th show, making it the oldest regional RHS show after Chelsea.

Building of the Show Gardens will commence on Monday April 13, the gardens will then be judged by the RHS on Wednesday May 6, the day before the RHS Malvern Spring Festival opens to the public.

An estimated 90,000 visitors are expected to descend on RHS Malvern over the four-day show.

The RHS Malvern Spring Festival will take place from Thursday May 7 until Sunday May 10.

Tickets are now on sale. Advanced tickets are priced from ?15 for RHS and Three Counties members and from ?16 for non-members. Tickets available on the gate from ?19.

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