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Leading horticultural figures to appear at Arley Garden Festival

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THREE leading figures in Cheshire horticulture will share their knowledge and anecdotes at this year’s Arley Garden Festival.

Lord Ashbrook, whose family have nurtured Arley’s gardens for 250 years, will be one of those taking centre stage in the popular Gardeners’ Question Time marquee.

He will talk about the Arley gardens’ history from the 18th century through to the current day and answer any questions from the public.

Joining Lord Ashbrook will be Arley’s Head Gardener Gordon Baillie who has worked in high-profile gardens across the country – including once being gardener to the musician Sting.

Former BBC Gardener of the Year Sue Beesley, owner-manager of Bluebell Cottage Gardens and Nursery in Dutton, completes the trio of experts.

“We feel very honoured to have such knowledgeable speakers and are sure our visitors will be delighted to hear from all three,” said Event Organiser Helen Begent.

“All of them are offering their time on both days of the show to give the public every opportunity to ask questions or simply listen to the horticultural stories they have to tell.”

It is the 24th year for the Arley Garden Festival, which is firmly part of the calendar for Cheshire’s gardeners.

Every year around 5,000 enthusiasts – as well as those just looking for a family day out – visit the event.

Among the highlights will be the specialist plant nurseries, floral marquee, food fair and craft stalls. There will also be live music, a classic car display and children’s entertainment.

Pupils from local schools have also been busy creating their own show gardens, which will be honoured by judges and the public.

“Increasingly, gardening is being recognised as an important element in education and we are delighted at the enthusiasm shown by the children and their teachers,” said Lord Ashbrook.

The show is open 10am to 5pm. Tickets can be booked at a discounted rate at www.arleyhallandgardens.com or bought on the gate for £16.50 and include entry to Arley’s award-winning gardens and the hall – home to Thomas Shelby in the BBC’s BAFTA-winning drama Peaky Blinders.

For up to £5 off the price of your ticket book now at www.arleyhallandgardens.com/events/2018-06 or pay on the day

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