Her Grace, The Duchess of Bedford to open new restorations

Her Grace the Duchess of Bedford will be officially opening the Children’s Garden on Saturday 21st June and the Cone House (pictured) on Sunday 22nd June as part of the timetable of activities occuring at the Woburn Abbey Garden Show. Both features were designed by landscape gardener Humphry Repton. Repton was commissioned in 1805 to come up with ideas for enhancing the gardens and turning them into beautiful Pleasure Grounds.

The planting of the Children’s Garden and the building of Cone House started in 2012 (the original Cone House was the shelter used to view the animals that were kept in the menagerie during the first half of the 1800s). Using maps and Repton’s illustrations the team were able to recreate the Cone House and at the same location, just jetting out over the Camellia Lake and the pathways and plants used for the original Children’s Garden.

Activities for the Gardens Show are pressing on in time for the weekend opening.  There are over 75 exhibiting companies to co-ordinate deliveries and installation of their stalls over a 24 hour period before the show opens at 10am on Saturday 22nd June.  There are many specialist and renowned plant nurseries and suppliers (including RHS Gold medal winners), plus a range of Outdoor Living, Garden Accessories, Specialist Interest and Food and Drink exhibitors. 

At the Show gardening experts Diarmuid Gavin and Pippa Greenwood will be making full use of the main stage with their entertaining and informative talks and for the gardener’s question time panel at 3.30pm each day. The Abbey Gardeners will be conducting rolling demonstrations throughout the day about popular topics such as seed sowing, pruning and propagation from their ‘Come and Grow’ area and also providing free guided tours around the Abbey gardens three times a day.


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