New York garden inspires firm’s work for RHS Malvern

Pro Gardens in Banbury won the silver gilt award at the Blenheim Palace Flower Show last year. This year the company has a show garden at RHS Malvern Spring Festival. NNL-160425-100559001
Pro Gardens in Banbury won the silver gilt award at the Blenheim Palace Flower Show last year. This year the company has a show garden at RHS Malvern Spring Festival. NNL-160425-100559001

An underground garden in Manhattan is acting as inspiration for a Banbury firm’s showgarden at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival.

Pro Gardens, in Edgehill has been asked to put a garden together for the show, which takes place from May 5 to 8.

The garden design for the RHS Malvern Show, from Pro Gardens. It is inspired by the Lowline Garden in Manhattan, New York. NNL-160425-122845001

The garden design for the RHS Malvern Show, from Pro Gardens. It is inspired by the Lowline Garden in Manhattan, New York. NNL-160425-122845001

This is the first time the company has been asked to take part although they have had success at other garden shows, winning the silver gilt award at last year’s Blenheim Palace Flower Show.

Pro Gardens is also putting gardens together for this year’s flower show and the Stratford-Upon-Avon Home and Garden Show.

Speaking to the Banbury Guardian, director Jacqueline Franklin said the RHS Malvern garden would be based on the Lowline in Manhattan, an underground park located in an unused tram terminal.

She said: “This garden is completely different to what we normally do and we fancied doing something more urban. Last year, we did more traditional gardens.

“We were approached by Saige Decking, which also features in our garden.

“This is the first time we have been accepted into Malvern. Previously we did Blenheim where we won the Silver Gilt Award.

“Building is taking place over three weeks, but the ground work goes on for months before that.”

The design will include a freestanding water wall, grasses, a paved area with seating and a fiberglass wall.

The garden the firm is putting together for the show in Stratford will be inspired by Shakespeare’s Globe to commemmorate the 400th anniversary of his death.

The garden will include a stage and planting will include English roses, lavender and Lady’s Mantle.

The decking will be flanked by two tall trees, recreating the columns in the Globe Theatre.

Pro Gardens has been involved in the Stratford Home and Garden Show since it started three years ago.

Mrs Franklin said: “It’s full on but it’s good fun.

“It is a completely different style for us.

“The public reaction to Blenheim last year was fantastic and it appeared on Good Morning Britain.”

The Blenheim Palace Flower Show will take place from June 17 to 19 and the Stratford show will take place from July 15 to 17.