Newstead Abbey to host first East Midlands Flower Show


Nottinghamshire’s Newstead Abbey is to host the first East Midlands Flower Show.

The grounds of the historic site will be filled with show gardens designed by local nurseries, colleges and landcapers on June 25 and 26.

Speakers so far include Notts TV’s regular gardening expert John Stirland and Nick Hamilton of Barnsdale Gardens in Rutland.

Organisers Nottingham City Council says it hopes thousands of people will attend the picturesque grounds of the 12th Century site.

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Picture: Newstead Abbey’s grounds will provide the setting for the debut festival

Councillor Dave Trimble, portfolio holder for leisure and culture, said: “We are proud to be holding this event for the first time and look forward to welcoming lots of visitors and exhibitors.

“The innovative exhibits will enhance the already wonderful displays in the abbey grounds that will be fantastic at this time of year.  We hope to inspire and encourage lots more gardeners and growers and give them a great day out along the way.”

Fitting host : Newstead Abbey Gardens

  • The Abbey’s gardens have a reputation for beauty thanks to the River Leen, which feeds its ornamental lakes, ponds and cascades
  • Byron’s Oak, an ivy-covered stump planted by the legendary poet and Newstead resident is still in the grounds
  • Ten themed gardens from Japanese to Spanish are also on site
  • Boatswain’s Monument, to the poet’s late dog, famously sits in the priory church

The event will also feature a home and garden marquee with displays and stalls with seasonal plants, gifts, garden furniture and local food and drink.

A programme of expert talks will feature, designed to help people get the most out of their gardens.


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