Blenheim Palace Flower Show

The second Blenheim Palace Flower Show opens tomorrow for three days of gardening inspiration in the beautiful grounds of Oxfordshire?s most famous stately home.

Television favourite Monty Don will open the show and give talks in the Gardening Theatre tomorrow, with his Gardeners? World colleague Joe Swift appearing in the theatre on Saturday to answer questions about garden design.Other celebrity speakers include Ground Force duo Charlie Dimmock, giving expert advice on water features, and Tommy Walsh, who will share tips on garden building projects.But the real star of the show is the Grand Floral Marquee, 25,000 square feet of the finest flowers from some of the best nurseries in the UK.

The 40 marquee displays will be judged by former royal gardener Jim Buttress, of The Big Allotment Challenge fame, and horticultural writer and broadcaster Tim Miles.

And the good news is that many of the nurseries will be offering special event prices and plenty of tips for anybody who asks for their expert advice.

?Our show is also popular with those passionate about food and drink, home improvement products and gadgets as well as local heritage and the great British outdoors, as the elegant palace provides a stunning backdrop to rival those offered by the Chelsea and Hampton Court shows,? says Aztec Events director Matt Upson.

Tickets to the show include entrance to impressive Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill and now a World Heritage site.Its lovely Capability Brown Parkland and formal gardens are also open to Flower Show visitors and include Water Terraces build in the late 1920s, Italian Gardens, the Rose Garden and a Secret Garden.Tickets to the show cost ?12.50 and ?6.50 for children, with parking free.

The show opens from 10am until 5pm and you can get more information at

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