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Tulips at Arundel Castle

In mid-April we visited family in Kent and took the opportunity to go to Arundel Castle Tulip Festival.

It had been on my ‘bucket list’ for some time and it did not disappoint. The fabulous display of tulips around the castle grounds and in the ornamental gardens was a feast for the eyes. The backdrop of the Castle and Cathedral only added to the sense of drama of 66,000, yes, I did say 66,000 tulips planted in the autumn, it was a very regal sight indeed.

The following day, and keeping with the castle theme, our road trip took us to Hever Castle, once the childhood home of Anne Boleyn who would become the second wife of Henry VIII and the mother of Elizabeth I.

The castle is full of history that formed the base to what would be a sequence of events that changed the course of British history, monarchy, and religion. Walking around the castle and grounds felt like you were stepping back in time as we strolled around the Italian Gardens and bluebell wood.

The following weekend we struck it lucky again with the weather when we visited BBC Gardeners’ World Fair at Beaulieu. This new show on the annual Garden Show Circuit was extremely popular with visitors as they have access to both the show, car museum, house, and gardens.

This was our first visit to this show, regular readers will know that in the past I have exhibited both a Beautiful Border and a Showcase Garden at the sister show, BBC Gardeners’ World Live at the NEC held in June, so this was a chance for us to see how the shows compared.

There was plenty to see and do including a very entertaining talk by Joe Swift, Emma Crawforth and Matt Biggs on ‘How to Grow your own Food’ which I know many of you have started to do in the last couple of years.

Next stop for us now is Taunton Flower Show on 5th and 6th August when we will be exhibiting our own show garden, watch this space for more details in next month’s column. This year the show celebrates its 190th Year so it promises to be extra special, put the date in your diary if you fancy a good day out. Tickets are on sale now visit the website www.tauntontfs.co.uk.

Until next time

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