Toby Buckland announces new festival

Toby Buckland, who has been chosen as the new President of The Herb Society 2015/16, is pleased to announce a brand new and exciting two day gardening event at Wiltshire?s Bowood House and Gardens this summer.

Following the continuing success of Toby Bucklands?s popular, annual garden festival at Powderham Castle, Devon, he is delighted to offer a second, new festival, at Bowood House and Gardens, Wiltshire on 5th and 6th June 2015. The first event of its kind on the estate, the festival will be celebrating gardening throughout the Cotswolds.

The horticulturist, writer, and TV presenter commented, ?Bowood House sits at the centre of a region with a proud horticultural heritage, that?s home to dozens of the best nurseries in Britain. I?m thrilled to be bringing them together especially in early summer when plants are building up to their peak and gardeners are keen to get their green fingers in the soil.?

The Robert Adam designed House owned by the 9th Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne is set in 2000 acres of Grade 1 Listed, Capability Brown parkland – with 100 acres of Pleasure Grounds open to the public from late March-early November. Awarded The Historic Houses Association/Christie?s ?Garden of the Year 2014? title, Bowood Gardens feature a lake, pinetum, cascade, four-acre walled garden and two levels of Italianate Terraces (fronting the House?s Diocletian facade). Elsewhere on the estate -two miles away from the House and with their own dedicated entrance – the acclaimed Rhododendron Walks open to the public for six weeks from late April.

?As soon as I saw the spacious lawns and beautiful views across its parkland I knew Bowood was perfect for a summer gardening extravaganza,? observed Toby Buckland. ?Happily, Lord and Lady Lansdowne agreed it was a great idea.?

A passion for architecture and landscape has spanned nine generations of the Lansdowne family with each generation leaving its particular legacy, reflecting fashion and social change. The present Lord Lansdowne opened Bowood to the public in 1975 and the family continues to take great pride in sharing the gardens with the public and welcoming visitors of all ages during the open season.

Lord Lansdowne commented, ?In 2015, we will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Bowood House and Gardens opening to the public. In mirroring the glories of Bowood that have attracted over four million visitors to this particular Wiltshire jewel since 1975, June?s Garden Festival will be a most befitting highlight within Bowood?s 2015 calendar of events. The festival will be a summer ?must? not just for garden and countryside lovers living locally but will also encourage many others from across the country and abroad to head to Wiltshire for a very special English experience.?

?Toby Buckland?s Garden Festival at Bowood? is the perfect opportunity to bring together enthusiastic gardeners, inspirational speakers and exceptional plants-people to an event alive with music, entertainment and a warm inclusive atmosphere – a uniquely spectacular show in one of the most beautiful settings in England.

?I?ve always loved festivals and wanted to share my passion for plants with the widest audience. What better way to celebrate the start of summer,? said Toby Buckland.

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