A day to remember at Arley Garden Festival

THREE leading figures in Cheshire horticulture will share their knowledge and anecdotes at this year’s Arley Garden Festival on June 23 and 24.

Lord Ashbrook, whose family have nurtured Arley’s gardens for 250 years, will take centre stage in the popular Gardeners’ Question Time marquee.

He will talk about the Arley gardens’ history from the 18th century through to the current day and answer any questions from the public.

“I am looking forward to sharing the history of our gardens because it is something that is very precious to me,” he said.

Joining Lord Ashbrook will be Arley’s head gardener Gordon Baillie who has worked in high-profile gardens across the country – including once being gardener to the musician Sting.

Former BBC Gardener of the Year Sue Beesley, owner-manager of Bluebell Cottage Gardens and Nursery in Dutton, completes the trio of experts. Her talk will be ‘Sue’s top perennials – reliable performers for every garden’.

“I enjoy offering advice to fellow gardeners so am really looking forward to the taking part in this year’s festival,” she said.

“It is always great to be around like-minded people and share in the passion we all have for gardening and all things horticulture.”

Every year around 5,000 garden enthusiasts – as well as those just looking for a family day out – visit the Arley Garden Festival.

Among the highlights will be the specialist plant nurseries, floral marquee, food fair and craft stalls. There will also be live music, a classic car display and children’s entertainment.

Pupils from local schools have also been busy creating their own show gardens, which will be honoured by judges and the public.

“We’re looking forward to another great event and welcoming people to this celebration of horticulture,” said event organiser Helen Begent.

Tickets can be booked at a discounted rate at www.arleyhallandgardens.com/events/2018-06 or visitors can pay on the gates, which open at 10am.

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