Jo Thompson mentors first RHS Malvern international spa garden
Leading UK garden designer, Jo Thompson will mentor the very first International Spa Garden designers to showcase at RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2017. Sharing her expert knowledge and experience, Jo will support winning design duo Denis Kalashnikov and Ekaterina Bolotova with the build of their Molecular Garden.
This mentor scheme was introduced as part of an international exchange programme between Moscow Flower Show and RHS Malvern Spring Festival. The new initiative will see one international design entry built as part of the Spa Garden category at RHS Malvern and one UK design brought to life at Moscow Flower Show at the end of June.
The winning duo fought off stiff competition from over 20 other designers to win mentoring from Jo and also the chance to experience a build at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Jo Thompson said: “Supporting new talent is incredibly important which is why I jumped at the chance to mentor these exciting new designers at the start of their journey. I was part of the selection process and I was blown away by the standard of entries from all over the world. Their design stood out and I’m thoroughly looking forward to helping them realise their dream.”
RHS Malvern Spring Festival’s Spa Gardens is a new category that offers emerging design talent a supportive platform to showcase to a national audience. Jo will be helping the designers with advice on all aspects of their build including any design alterations and planting advice.
Russian designers, Denis & Ekaterina said: “We are very lucky to be working with someone of Jo’s calibre. Her experience of building world-class show gardens is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we feel very privileged to have her guidance at the start of this exciting but daunting challenge. We cannot wait to be representing Moscow on Malvern soil.”
The Molecular Garden draws inspiration from individual components drawing together to create a unified entity. Each element can be appreciated on its own, but when viewed in conjunction with others, a different impression is achieved. The garden is imagined as a secluded peaceful area for guests relaxing after Spa treatments in a Russian resort.
Celebrated garden designer, Jo Thompson is a Member of The RHS Gardens Committee, an RHS judge, a gardens advisor to RHS Rosemoor, a registered member of the Society of Garden Designers, alongside lecturing nationally and internationally and tutoring at the renowned London College of Design.