Manoj Malde

Award-winning garden designer and TV presenter on the BBC’s Your Garden Made Perfect and Channel 4’s Garden Of The YearManoj Malde – will be declaring our 2024 Spring Flower Show officially open and treating showgoers to a talk about his new book, Your Outdoor Room: How to design a garden you can live in.

Sponsored by Cornish Lithium and Goonvean Group, this popular two-day celebration of Cornwall’s early spring for all the family is a highlight of the horticultural year and takes place at the Royal Cornwall Showground near Wadebridge on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April.

Known for his vibrant style, Manoj attributes his love of colour to his Indian ancestry as well as to his 18-year career in the fashion industry. As a former creative director, with a master’s degree in fashion design from the Royal College of Art, he is highly skilled at combining textures and colours within planting schemes. In his words: “I’ve gone from haute couture to ‘hort’ couture!”

Manoj – who is also a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) show judge, RHS ambassador and RHS Chelsea Flower Show medallist – will open the Show at 10am on Saturday 6th April and his book talk about how to create your very own outdoor haven – without the need for green fingers or hard work – will take place at 3pm on the same day.

He will be joined by a myriad of national names and local luminaries as part of Tipi Talks, supported by Cornwall Community Foundation, initiated by new Show Director, Mark Holman and programmed by Alasdair Moore, who is Head of Gardens and Estate at The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Among them, former award-winning BBC presenter, journalist and author, Tim Hubbard will reveal the 20 stunning yet lesser-known Cornish gardens that are featured in his latest book, Secret Gardens of Cornwall.

Kim Parish from Landscapes of Distinction, who received Silver Gilt, Gold and The People’s Choice awards at BBC Gardeners’ World Live for her garden designs in 2021, 2022 and 2023 will share her expertise in Garden Design in a Nutshell.

Henrietta Courtauld from The Land Gardeners, whose aim is to create gardens that brim with biodiversity, founded on healthy soil, will discuss their new book, The Land Gardeners: Soil to Table, which reflects their passion for the link between soil health and the food we eat.

Renowned gardening and botanical photographer, Howard Sooley, whose Idle River account on Instagram beguiles his followers with the beauty found in everyday nature, was a close friend of the late filmmaker, Derek Jarman. They collaborated on the creation of Derek’s garden-paradise at Prospect Cottage in Dungeness, in the desolate expanse of shingle that faces the nuclear power station, and Howard’s evocative photography illustrates the ensuing book, Derek Jarman’s Garden.

Mike Nelhams, Curator at Large of Tresco Abbey Garden, will take us on a virtual tour of this lush sub-tropical gem on the Isles of Scilly.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming Manoj Malde and an eclectic selection of writers, designers, photographers and horticulturists to share their wisdom and experience in our Tipi, provided by The Cornish Tent Company, which will be warmed by fire pits and offer elegant luxury with its comfortable seating, sheepskin rugs, the twinkle of fairy lights, Tregothnan teas and delicious cakes,” explains Mark.

The Falmouth Bookseller’s Pop-up Book Shop will also offer a specially curated selection of garden-related publications and author signings throughout the event, which is another added attraction for this year.”

Expert tips and tricks of the trade will be shared through practical demonstrations and the ever-popular Gardeners’ Questions with Amelia Lake (Real Food Garden), Nicola Bradley (The Lost Gardens of Heligan), Duana Pearson (Tresillian House) and Kim Parish (Landscapes of Distinction) at 2pm on Saturday 6th April, and Henrietta Courtauld (The Land Gardeners), Mike Nelhams (Tresco Abbey Garden), George Kestell (lecturer, presenter and landscaper), Jim Stephens (camellia specialist) and Simon Miles (The Forest Garden) at 1.45pm on Sunday 7th April.

“In our new Grow Your Own space, Heligan Gardeners will also be ready and waiting to answer your questions on anything horticultural,” says Mark, “and we cannot wait to invite thousands of showgoers to walk through our immersive Cornish garden that will showcase the incredible skills of CREST (the Cornwall Rural Education and Skills Trust), who have created a Cornish hedge especially for us, and indigenous plant perfection provided by Bodmin, Burncoose, Hardy Exotics and Trevena Cross nurseries. With 130+ growers, garden traders, charities and artisans highlighting contemporary Cornish crafts; breathtakingly beautiful blooms and floral art in the competitive classes, there truly is something for everyone.”

“We are delighted to support such a dynamic event that celebrates Cornwall’s horticultural excellence, unique climate and gardening community,” comments Jeremy Wrathall, Founder & CEO of Cornish Lithium. “The Cornwall Garden Society’s inclusive approach and encouragement to value our natural capital complement our values as we seek to catalyse a modern-day renaissance of Cornwall’s 4,000-year mining heritage through the responsible extraction of battery metals that are needed for modern technologies such as electric vehicles and renewable energy storage in support of the UK’s energy transition to Net Zero.”

“Goonvean Group is proud to partner with the Cornwall Garden Society at this special event and to help businesses and communities blossom across the south west,” adds Goonvean Group Managing Director, Matthew Gazzard.

Cornwall Garden Society 2024 Spring Flower Show Tickets

Tickets for the Cornwall Garden Society 2024 Spring Flower Show are £10 in advance or £12 on the gate (card payments preferred) and free for under 16s.

To book, visit www.cornwallgardensociety.org.uk/spring-flower-show/show-tickets

Well-behaved dogs on short leads are welcome.

The Cornwall Garden Society 2024 Spring Flower Show is sponsored by:

              

 

                                     

 

 

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