A new six-day garden festival will take root in the royal grounds of Highgrove, Britain’s most famous private royal organic gardens.
Top TV gardeners and leading nurseries are all promised for the first Highgrove: The Garden Celebrated, to be held on 11-16 April 2016.
Highgrove, in Gloucestershire, is the private residence of the Prince of Wales – an organic champion, and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Speakers include ITV Love Your Garden presenter Alan Titchmarsh, BBC Gardeners’ World co-presenters Carol Klein and Rachel de Thame, The Beechgrove Garden star Chris Beardshaw and Gardeners’ Question Time panellist Bob Flowerdew, the AG columnist.
Herb expert Jekka McVicar and TV landscaper David Domoney will share their expertise, too.
Organisers say the festival will “bear testimony to the Prince of Wales’ ethos on organic and sustainable gardening with a number of highly applauded guest speakers, presenting on everything from wildlife to organic food-growing and plant care.”
However, organisers told AG that despite the event’s green ethos, they could not guarantee that plants for sale by exhibitors would be grown without the use of chemicals or peat.
Highgrove Enterprises chief executive Chris Prescott promised “exclusive talks and guided tours throughout the week”.
Chris said: “The festival will capture the essence of Highgrove and will be a unique insight into the ethos and sustainable approach behind the gardens, as well as a reflection of the horticultural interests and enthusiasms of HRH The Prince of Wales.”
Ticket prices vary from £17.50 to £95, as options are available for exclusive talks and
garden tours, as well as afternoon tea, lunch and supper packages. Visit www.highgroveshop.com/festival for details or to book tickets.