Woburn Abbey Gardens Honoured at Hudson’s Heritage Awards

Woburn Abbey Gardens Honoured at Hudson’s Heritage Awards

We are extremely pleased to announce that our annual Woburn Abbey Garden Show was highly commended in the category of Best Event at the Hudson’s Heritage Awards 2014. The ceremony took place on the 18th February at the Goldsmith’s Hall in London, and was presented by TV personality and writer Loyd Grossman OBE. Our Garden Show, now in its fifth year, takes place on the 21st and 22nd June 2014.

Our Estates Garden Manager, Martin Towsey, accompanied by Tom Sibley and Freya Foster, was delighted to accept the commendation: “Her Grace, The Duchess of Bedford, wanted to create a garden show where everybody can learn and experience first-hand what needs to be done in their gardens. We have been working hard over the last few years to bring Woburn Abbey Gardens back to their former glory and the Garden Show is an annual highlight in our calendar. To accept this commendation is a great honour.”

At the show in June, you will be able to learn new gardening skills, talk to experts, and purchase an array of unusual plants and garden items, all within the stunning grounds and gardens of Woburn Abbey. Gardening experts Pippa Greenwood, Martin Fish and Alistair Fraser will share their knowledge through a series of talks and Q&A sessions during the event. Top UK nurseries will be there, including Heucerholics, Nobottle Nurseries, Flit Bonsai and Palm Exotics. Whether you have a courtyard garden, a window box or a large country garden, there will be inspiration for every outdoor space.

During the event you can leave any plants you have purchased at the ‘Plant Crèche’ and as you leave members of the local scouts will transport them to your car, in return for a small donation. Rest your weary feet over a fine cup of tea and enjoy some sustenance from a variety of food outlets. For those treats to take home, the Food Hall will have suppliers from the across the UK, selling their great produce.

For the past ten years the Family, along with Estates Garden Manager, Martin Towsey and his team, have been working hard to restore Humphry Repton’s early 19th-century designs for the ‘Pleasure Gardens’. A newly restored feature from these original plans and a contemporary addition to Woburn Abbey Gardens will both be opened by The Duchess of Bedford at the Garden Show on the 21st and 22nd June 2014. The team of RHS trained gardeners will offer guided tours of the gardens throughout the weekend, giving visitors a behind the scenes look at the ongoing restoration project.

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