Hello, and welcome to the 2015 season to all of our fans, followers, visitors, volunteers, and staff!
We hope it's not too late to wish each and every one of you a very happy 2015!
Although this blog together with our Facebook and Twitter pages have been quiet for the past few weeks, things have been very busy here at the Gardens. We've been busy tweaking this, changing that, and coming to terms with the fundamental dichotomies of the other, so to speak...
We hope you'll notice and enjoy the differences. What are these diferences I hear you ask? Well come and visit us and you'll find out!
Normally at this time of year we kick things off with our Snowdrop and Hellebore event - this gets our year off to a gentle and pretty start, and let's be honest it never hurts to find out more about these undrerrated and fascinating plants.
This year starts off a little differently this time around though; Instead of a Snowdrop and Hellebore Event, we are holding a SNOWDROP AND HELLEBORE FESTIVAL which is run over two weekend dates. What's more this Festival is recommended by none other than the Royal Horticultural Society!
Needless to say we are pretty excited by this endorsement. Fame at last!
The Festival will be held on Saturday 7th and Sunday 15th February 2015 - from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Our Snowdrops and Hellebores are (as we speak) getting their glad-rags on in order to meet their discerning public, and no doubt will be resplendent in their unique wonderful gorgeousness in the lower wilderness in plenty of time for the Festival. The lower wilderness garden is a lovely place to visit at this time of year anyway - very atmospheric with the winter colours and all - but I digress.
On the Festival days not only will you have these beautiful complex and amazing plants to look at and study, but there will also be a talk going into much greater depth on the plants for those who want to know much more about them.
The talk will be given by garden expert David Howell at 11:30, with a guided walk thrown in afterwards. How much extra does this cost? Nothing - as it's included in your admission price. Amazing!
|David Howell enthusing our visitors|
If weather permits, why not bring along a sketchbook and pencil?
In addition to the above you can visit our indoor winter shrub and bulb display, get some refreshments from our cafe (hey - that rhymes!), and / or buy and take home Snowdrops, Cyclamens and Aconites to plant in your very own garden.
We can't say fairer than that can we?
Here are the full admission details:
50; Children £1- 00;
RHS Members £2-
CBHGT Members - Free Admission (Yep, members of the Gardens Trust get in to lots of events free throughout the year - so why not join us? Contact Sue on 0121 749 4100 - or become a member when you visit us!)
Dogs are allowed in the Gardens provided they are well behaved and kept on leads.
Free car parking throughout to all our vsitors - Bargain!
To whet your appetite, here are some photgraphs from our previous Snowdrop and Hellebore events. This event promises to be more spectacular still. Enjoy!
We reckon this is going to be a brillant start to a brilliant new year for the Gardens, so please come along and share it with us!
Our contact details are below for those who wish to find out more about this, and any of our activities. VOLUNTEERS ALWAYS WELCOME!
Photographs by Graham High and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.