Baking queen Mary Berry to open Blenheim Palace Flower Show

Thousands of visitors are expected at the Blenheim Palace Flower Show tomorrow (Friday)> Picture by Julian Eales. NNL-140516-132926005
Thousands of visitors are expected at the Blenheim Palace Flower Show tomorrow (Friday)> Picture by Julian Eales. NNL-140516-132926005
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The Queen of British baking Mary Berry will open the Blenheim Palace Flower show tomorrow (Friday).

Thousands of visitors are expected to come on the day to see the very best of gardening in the UK in one of the country’s most stunning locations.

More than 300 exhibitors will be at the show until Sunday, and will be packed with inspiration and masses of vibrant colour. It features quality plants, trees and shrubs as well as great products, gadgets and structures to transform your outdoor space into your own personal haven.

Mrs Berry said: “I’m thrilled to be opening the Blenheim Palace Flower Show as gardening is a huge passion of mine. I am almost as happy in a garden as I am in a kitchen.

“I find it very relaxinf and enjoy nothing more than cooking the produce we’ve grown. I’m particuarly looking forward to seeing the amazing floral displays from some of the country’s leading nurseries as well as being inspired by the fantastic show gardens.”

Firms showcashing their work include Aston Martin Works, Arctic Cabins, Cotswolds Garden Flowers and Derbyshire Bonsai.

As well as viewing the great floral displays, visitors can also explore the palace’s 2,000 acres of landscaped parkland and formal gardens at no extra change.

At the heart of the event will be a 25,000 sq ft ‘Victory Pavilion’ featuring more than 40 stunning foral displays and a huge selection of plants from the UK’s finest nurseries available at special event prices.

Visitors can also enjoy a stroll down ‘Winston’s Way’ and ‘Churchill’s Crescent’ to discover the inspiring show gardens displaying breathtaking outdoor spaces by some of the UK’s finest landscape designers.

Matt Upson, director of show organiser Aztec Events, said: “With just hours to go the excitement is really growing. We are hoping to attract around 35,000 visitors over the three days which demonstrates that The Blenheim Palace Flower Show has become a firm fixture as one of the most popular events in the gardening calendar.

“It is right up there with Chelsea and Hampton Court as a must-see event for gardening enthusiasts.”

Tickets are on sale for £12.80 adults and £6.50 children aged five to 16. Concession and family tickets are available and for more information visit www.blenheimpalaceflowershow.co.uk