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The Blenheim Palace Flower Show 2013

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Afternoon Tea in the Gardens
blenheim palace flower show
Image from Blenheim Palace website

It may not be the home of royalty, yet the Blenheim country house in Woodstock, Oxfordshire still holds the honorary title of 'Palace'. The title is well deserved though; not only is it one of England's largest houses, but the architecture also follows a rare English Baroque design. And although it has not ever housed royalty, it has still been the home to many important families, such as the Dukes of Marlborough, and was the birth place of Winston Churchill.

Aside from the building, the Blenheim estate has an impressive English landscape garden, which was originally designed by the fourth Duke of Marlborough. Over the centuries it has developed into an amazing space, featuring most prominently, a lake, which was created by damming the River Glyme, and forming fast flowing cascades. Other highlights of the garden include follies, and a swivelling boulder, designed by the 5th Duke.

What can be seen of the landscape today is the work of the Duchene and the 9th Duke, who developed ornamental, Italian, and water gardens. Despite this beautiful scenery, Blenheim Palace has only just got round to holding its first ever flower show. Taking place between the 21st and 23rd June, there will be ten landscapes to explore, over a hundred and fifty floral exhibitors, and a Grand Floral Marquee with RHS judges.

With Q&A sessions, demonstrations, and expert advice, you will find all the inspiration and facts you need to recreate your own tranquil haven at home. Choose from award winning hellebores, Roualeyn Fuchsias, Apuldram Roses, and find quality furniture to sit out and enjoy the sun.

There are several ticket options; if you just want to see the gardens, then adult tickets are 12 on the day or 10 in advance. If you would also like to explore the palace, then tickets are 17-21, and there is also the additional option to book lunch (15-20) or afternoon tea (9.60-13.60).
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Why? Beautiful gardens
When: 21st-23rd June
Phone: 44(0) 1993 810 530
Where: Blenheim Palace
Cost: 10-12 adult, 7.50-9 concessions, 5-6 child,
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