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Malvern will focus on green gardening

For the first time, the Malvern Spring Show will dedicate its entire theatre programme to green gardening and biodiversity.

Organic gardening is expected to be back on the agenda in 2011. The new Gardeners’ World, which starts in March, will be fronted by organic stars including Monty Don, Carol Klein and Joe Swift.

Malvern, at the Three Counties Showground in Worcestershire from 12 to 15 May, will feature a Garden in Harmony Theatre.

TV gardener James Alexander-Sinclair will host a four-day programme of talks. Topics include wildlife hotels, compost cafes, natural predators, habitat creation and rain gardens.

Malvern’s Sharon Gilbert said: “We hope that Britain’s gardeners will use some of the ideas they glean from speakers to make a few small changes at home.”

On 12 May, Channel 4’s Landscape Man Matthew Wilson will join organic herb expert Jekka McVicar to talk about integrated pest management.

Gardeners’ Question Time’s Chris Beardshaw will focus on biodiversity in his talks on 13 May, while on 14 May Gardeners’ World presenter Joe Swift (left) will explain how urban gardens can go green.

For Malvern tickets call & (01684) 584924 or go to www.threecounties.co.uk/springgardening.