Blooms, talks, expert panels, June 21-23
Blenheim Palace Flower Show will be officially opened by Sunderland-born TV presenter George Clarke at 10am on Friday, June 21.
Famed for presenting The Home Show, The Restoration Man and George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, the celebrity architect and writer will be available for two question and answer sessions in the Garden Talks Theatre at 11am and 1.30pm.
He said: “I am thrilled to be opening the Blenheim Palace Flower Show. From the innovative circus theme to the incredible gardening experts that will be giving talks on stage there is just so much to look forward to.
“I am a big fan of gardening. It is my first time to Blenheim Palace and I’m excited to see the Formal Gardens and ‘amazing space’ of the palace itself.”
Circus-inspired floral designs
George will be Joined by multi-award-winning floral designer and show manager Mig Kimpton for a weekend of expert gardening talks.
Members of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS) will be making circus-inspired floral designs using a variety of cut flowers.
Visitors will be able to explore 10 new Plant Borders, created and curated on site by independent gardeners each with their own theme.
The horticultural show features more than 300 exhibitors located around the 20,000 square foot Grand Floral Pavilion, which is situated on the South Lawn. It features more than 30 floral displays and flowers and plants from the UK’s finest plantsmen.
An outdoor Plant Village and live entertainment will take place throughout the weekend.
Garden Talks and Expert Panels’ Programme
Friday, June 21
- 11am: George Clarke Q&A with Mig Kimpton
- Noon: James Gillies
- 1.30pm: George Clarke Q&A with Mig Kimpton
- 2.30pm: James Gillies
Saturday, June 22
- 11am: Ellen Mary
- Noon: Richard Fishbourne
- 1.30pm: Ellen Mary
- 2.30pm: Richard Fishbourne
Sunday, June 23
- 11am: Geoff Hodge
- Noon: Jacqueline Aviolet
- 1.30pm: Geoff Hodge
- 2.30pm: Jacqueline Aviolet
Admission: Includes entry to the park and gardens so visitors can also make a day of it. Adult £16, concession £13, child £7.40, family (2 Adults & 2 Children) £43.