May open weekend

Red rhododendron in the castle grounds

We are almost ready to open the gates again for our open weekend on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May (10.30am until 4.30pm each day) This wonderful rhododendron has just opened out, it feels late this year, but it still remains my favourite. There are lots of others opening around the garden.

The gardens look magical at this time of year and Ken, Mary and Reuben have worked exceptionally hard to get them to where you will see them in just over two weeks time. New borders are really taking hold and we have replenished the woodland path.

Do come and see us, Wyn Abbot who has moved her pottery studio to the castle gardens will be having an exhibition in this exciting new space. There are the usual history talks from Sue Bull at 12 noon and Ken Green – head gardener talk at 2pm.

Admission is £4 and children under 5 are free. Refreshments served on site and of course don’t forget the dog and their lead!

My favourite rhododendron in the garden

Snowdrop weekend 2017 (18/19th February 11am – 4pm)

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Hellebores

Nearly time to open the gates again for this years Snowdrop weekend. As is always the case here at Hornby, we have had a busy year making changes and trying to improve things so there is plenty to see. Some of the new borders we have been working on are beginning to really settle down and we have seen lots of new growth and happy plants with lots of buds. The snowdrops are really beginning to come out now, so in a couple of weeks when you pop in to see us, everything should be looking really in bloom. Remember to bring the dog and some sturdy walking shoes!

 

 

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Snowdrops and Hellebores in the herbaceous border

September Garden Open Weekend

The school holidays are charging on at a pace and soon we will be open again. We decided to add another date this year and as September can be a good month here, we thought we would strike early. There might not be loads of autumn colour, but leaving it much later and we would no doubt be competing with the wind and the rain for it to be any fun.

The War of the Roses weekend was so brilliant that I hope if you weren’t able to get round much of the gardens then, what with all the canon fire and battles, then you might visit us in September.

Lots to see and do and buy! If you haven’t been for a while there are a couple of garden developments to catch up with too. (just don’t mention the bindweed)

 

May opening gets ever closer

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New planting in progress

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New planting in progress

We are really beginning to work hard on the final push to get the gardens looking lovely for opening on the 16/17th May. The really exciting change is the Bamboo bed – (new names  for this area currently under discussion) The bamboo has mostly been dug out, with a bit of help from a digger, but the soil needed to be sifted thoroughly, by hand to make sure no root remains, this has taken a very long time and it is with much excitement that at the end of last week the bed was fully planted. So if you are reading this and have visited the gardens before you will definitely notice a huge change.

To me the garden looks so different and I am excited to hear the comments from new and previous visitors alike. All details of our open weekend are on our gardens page. 

 

New Event – the Sir John Savile Household

Very exciting news here at Hornby, we are hosting the Sir John Savile Household on the 27 – 28 June 2015, they are a historical re-enactment society and they will be here for two days.

Come and experience life during the 15 century, Wars of the Roses.

See how Sir John’s men were trained in the arts of warfare – including the mighty English warbow, see his spearmen armed with the feared English Bill and marvel at his guns, the pinnacle of military technology!

The dances of the time will be performed by the household and join in if you wish. The camp will also have members of the group in full period dress so there will be chances to learn about the clothing, fashions and status.

We will be opening the gardens as usual and there will be refreshments on site, as well as a pottery and ceramic exhibition and historical talks in the castle drawing room.

Put the date in your diary and come along!

http://www.savilehousehold.co.uk