May 19 2013 Latest news:
Friday, May 4, 2012
KNEBWORTH Park will be a riot of colour this May Bank Holiday weekend.
For the stately home hosts the 19th Herts Garden Show from tomorrow (Saturday) to Monday.
Organised by WMH Leisure, the event is a must for the green-fingered, with gates open from 10am to 5pm.
The show attracts more than 120 exhibitors each year, including more than 30 nurseries, many being specialists from all over the UK and as far afield as Holland. Hampton Court and Chelsea Flower Show participants are regular entries, together with some of the best gardening sundries exhibitors and other specialists in the country.
The Welwyn Hatfield Times promotions team will also be at the venue over the weekend.
The Herts Garden Show provides the ideal growing conditions for every budding gardener, with the experience and advice of the growers themselves and thousands of plants available, both popular and unusual.
For some exhibitors this is one of the busiest weekends of the year as they set up their floral displays at Knebworth as a test run for Chelsea.
One of the favourites to win the ‘best in show’ display award is last year’s winner Chrysanthemums Direct, who will be up against tough competition from nurseries such as fuchsia specialists C S Lockyer from Bristol and Potash Nursery in Stowmarket.
Other nurseries that will be in the running for the award include local rose grower C Newberry & Son among others.
A particular favourite with the children is the The Fly Trap Plants display of carnivorous plants and Just Airplants with their spectacular tillandsia.
Cacti specialists The Plant Lovers from Spalding and bonsai specialists Observatory Bonsai Nursery from Cardiff are also strong contenders to win an award.
A wide range of furniture is on display and for sale from a dozen furniture specialists ranging from soft wood, hard wood and metal.
There are also the more unusual gardening decorations available such as metal giraffes or huge terracotta pots. Hot tubs for the garden and garden gazebos will also be on display.
The show is also a day out for the whole family. As well as all of the gardening stands, there will be a craft marquee, demonstrations, brass band and Knebworth’s play area Fort Knebworth for the children.
The admission price of £8, and £28 for a family, also includes entry to the formal gardens and the Dino-Trail of 70 life-size dinosaurs.
With no extra cost for the garden show, this really is a great weekend to visit Knebworth House.
* For more information visit www.knebworthhouse.com