Spring Events on a Royal Estate – Celebrating 25 years of the Gardens at Highgrove
The beautiful organic gardens of The Prince of Wales’s private residence in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, will open to the public for a guided tours and events on selected dates during Spring of this very special year which celebrates 25 years of the Gardens at Highgrove.
Experienced garden guides bring guests on fascinating 75-minute Spring Walks and reveal the history, inspiration and unique organic management behind these incredible gardens. Visitors will learn how the interlinked organic gardens have been created with imagination by the Prince and reflect his deep commitment to sustainability while enjoying the rich variety of flora and fauna on display. Wonderful hellebores, yellow winter aconites, cobalt blue scilla, pale blue puschkinia and colour crocuses as well as carpets of daffodils and vivid pink cyclamen coum will deliver a unique and unforgettable experience and are truly magnificent in Springtime.
As well as Spring Walks visitors can pre-book Sunday lunches, creative workshops or between 9th – 13th April 2019 experience Talking Gardens which promises a wealth of horticultural inspiration and expertise from the nation’s best loved gardeners and garden designers, in aid of The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation.
Tom Stuart-Smith, Chelsea gold-medal winning landscape architecture will talk about the cultural inspirations on gardens he has created around the globe. He will be joined for a rare appearance by Highgrove Head Gardener, Debs Goodenough, to discuss the impact and influence that culture has on the Royal Gardens.
Award-winning photographer Jason Ingram will be discussing how he captures the spirit of a garden on camera, illustrated by his beautiful photography. Technical tips and tricks will be revealed throughout the talk along with a special selection of images taken at Highgrove. This is a landmark must attend event as it offers guests, for the first time ever, the opportunity to take their own photographs of the stunning Royal Gardens at Highgrove.
Kate Bradbury, award winning author and journalist, who lives and breathes wildlife gardening, Matthew Wilson, winner of the People’s Choice Award at RHS Chelsea 2016 and Fergus Garrett, Great Dixter’s Head Gardener join the line up for Talking Gardens. Two of the nation’s favourite gardeners, Alan Titchmarsh, who will share his 25 years’ experience of gardening organically and his secrets to having a wonderful garden without impacting negatively on the wider environment, and Adam Frost, award winning garden designer and Gardeners’ World presenter have already sold out.
Debs Goodenough, Head Gardener at Highgrove Estate when asked about her favourite season at Highgrove said “I’m regularly asked when is the best time to come to Highgrove. With each passing week throughout the year there is much to see; often though I say mid-to-late April as the magic of Spring comes much earlier these days, the bulbs are in full force, the topiary and hedging is crisp and sharp, the birdsong is cacophonous, the light levels are dazzling and there is a wondrous calm enjoyment in the Garden after the ravages of Winter. I’m almost ashamed to say that maybe I shouldn’t let this secret out!”
All profits from the sale of the event will be donated to The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation, a grant-making body which helps a wide range of causes, including projects in the built environment, young people and education, responsible enterprise and global sustainability.
To book, please visit the Highgrove website or call 0333 222 4555 https://www.highgrovegardens.com/springevents2019