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

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

Happy New Year & Snowdrops!

Happy New Year from all of us here at Hornby Castle.

We are working hard to get the gardens ready for the Snowdrop weekend in February 21/22 2015. There is a lot of muck to move from the changes we are making to some of the main borders and this is taking time and some fair amount of back strain!

The first snowdrops are beginning to poke their heads through the ground. Always exciting to see the garden with the first bits of life in both the hellebores and the snowdrops and the odd primrose.

Do come and see us in February, there will be Wyn Abbot displaying her wonderful ceramics and tea and cakes in the walled garden. Talks as usual from Sue Bull on the history of the house and Ken Green giving his gardening talks too.

We are open from 11-4 and the admission is £4. Dogs allowed on leads.

CALLING ANY GARDEN GROUPS!

If you are a member of a gardening group, historical society or even just a group of friends we can arrange special tours around the garden (please note garden only minimum 20 people). If you would like to know more or arrange a visit please get in touch through our contact pages. Ken Green our head gardener also visits a number of gardening groups and can be contacted through us.

http://www.hornbycastle.com/contact-us/