TEN leading designers are set to create spectacular show gardens as one of the highlights of the RHS Malvern Spring Festival in May.

Head of Show, Diana Walton, said: “The Show Gardens are one of the most popular destinations at the festival and this year we have a wonderful range of designs to showcase.

“Appealing to the senses, The Perfumer’s Garden is sure to delight and we’re looking forward to welcoming the lively goats for Billy’s Cave, which we just know visitors are going to love,” she added.

“Looking through the designs fill me with excitement – we can’t wait to see them brought to life. Visitors can certainly expect to be wowed this year.”

The 33rd Festival takes place from Thursday, May 10 to Sunday, May 13 at Malvern’s Three Counties Showground.

It became the third largest and fastest growing RHS show in 2016 and is renowned for showcasing the latest trends in garden design, plants and innovation.

Visitors can expect RHS Gold Medal winning show gardens and an abundance of award winning specialist nurseries showing and selling their plants. A strong food strand compliments the gardening content and ensures the festival remains relevant to modern lifestyles.

The Show Gardens’ outstanding reputation continues to grow with show favourites Peter Dowle and Villaggio Verde returning as well as Christian Dowle, Mark Draper and Ruth Gwynn, alongside new faces in Olivia Kirk and Dan Ryan. Jonas Egger will be travelling all the way from Russia, as part of the RHS Malvern exchange programme, to bring his dramatic garden inside a huge mechanical egg.

Other garden entries include Urban Oasis by Mark Draper which will be a contemporary garden designed for a young, trendy professional looking for a space to switch off at the end of the day. It offers a funky, modern-looking space with movement and pings of colour throughout the design.

There will also be Billy’s Cave by Villaggio Verde which will include Herefordshire Russet to reflect the importance of gardens as a productive space. This garden is envisaged as part of a small-holding in rural Portugal, and features a cave, complete with natural spring, goat paddock and is lined with old olive trees.

Worcester’s Royal Porcelain Work will also be celebrated in The Collectors’ Garden by Olivia Kirk while the Russian entry is The Garden In The Egg by Jonas Egger A symbol of life, this is the world’s first garden inside a 3.5m metal egg. Inspired by Faberge eggs, it opens to music, light, fog and water effects and then closes again.

Every time the egg opens, the visitor will be able to feel the inspiration of the moment a new life is born. Showing the contrast of a closed rustic egg and a bright and colorful garden – this is a spectacle all the way from Russia, as part of RHS Malvern’s pioneering exchange programme.

The show will also feature many regulars - lectures from household names such as Chris Beardshaw, Alan Titchmarsh, Carol Klein and Joe Swift , and there will be the usual huge floral marquee and the best of the vegetables produced by local and national growers, along with plenty of shopping opportunities along the plant arcade.

Tickets are now on sale and there is free entry for children under the age of 16.

For more information on ticket prices, please call 0844 811 0050 (calls cost 7p per minute plus network extras) or visit www.rhsmalvern.co.uk.