DETAILS of eight show gardens at this year's RHS Malvern Spring Festival have been revealed by organisers.

The gardens' designers have drawn their inspiration from many sources, all interpreted around the festival’s theme of Through the Lens

Designer favourites Peter Dowle and Villagio Verde will be returning to the show, held over the second weekend in May, along with Gary Bristow, but for several designers it will be their first time.

Head of shows Diana Walton said: “Our show gardens are one of the most popular destinations at the festival and this year we’re delighted to be welcoming so many new faces.

"For six of our designers, it will be their first show garden at RHS Malvern Spring Festival. We can’t wait to see what they will be creating for us – from the initial plans we’ve seen. our visitors are certainly in for a treat.”

The gardens include:

*What If, by Sebastian Conrad in collaboration with Kate Rees, illustrating artistic creativity and its positive effect on the mind;

*The Mindset, by Anna Galagan, divided into contrasting parts to represent different experiences, either lifeless or flourishing;

*The Orange Express, by Jason Hales, Villaggio Verde, evoking memories of rural Spain in spring;

*The Habit of Living Diabetes UK Garden, by Karen Tatlow and Katherine Hathaway, designed to highlight tdiabetes as a condition;

*The Redshift Garden, by Julie Bellingham, which celebrates how telescopes help us understand the universe;

*The Leaf Creative Athena Garden, by Peter Dowle, a calm, contemplative space with viewing points centred around a reflective pool;

*Mimosa Design: Grace and Dignity Garden, by Lucie Giselle Ponsford, which takes its inspiration from a domestic abuse victim who left her abusive husband after the First World War.

*Macmillan Legacy Garden, by Gary Bristow, is inspired by a fictional painter and photographer couple, and is a celebration of their life and legacy.

The festival's line-up includes DJ and gardening enthusiast Jo Whiley, horticultural experts Monty Don, Joe Swift, and Carol Klein, celebrity chef Raymond Blanc and BBC Masterchef host John Torode.

The festival takes place on May 9-12 at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern. Advance tickets are now on sale.