In an English country garden...
WITH the arrival of June comes summer and the English country garden at Deene Park abounds with roses, irises, geraniums and other summer favourites.
All year round the gardeners work hard to maintain the long borders and the parterre by David Hicks, becomes more spectacular as it matures.
In addition to their ordinary workload, gardeners have recently been busy planting tubs and urns, creating an opulent display for visitors to enjoy.
These efforts, on the part of the gardeners, contribute to the calm feeling of the gardens, with seats from which to admire the view of the surrounding countryside and resident wildlife.
The gardeners’ work is not just outdoors: a varied display of houseplants, including pelargoniums, creates a wonderful ambience in which to enjoy the art, furniture and porcelain on show in a house which has been occupied by the Brudenell family since 1514 and which was the seat of the Earls of Cardigan. It was the 7th Earl who led the Charge of the Light Brigade.
The Scent of Summer display is open both this Wednesday and June 16.
For these two afternoons only, the head gardener will be available to answer any questions that visitors may have about their own gardens, giving the perfect opportunity to pick up some tips and advice.
In addition to these two dates, Deene Park, situated on the A43 between Corby and Stamford, is also open on all other Wednesdays in June, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays until August, from 2pm to 5pm.
Entry to the house and gardens is £8 for adults and £4 for children. Gardens only is £5.50 for adults and £2.50 for children.
For more information visit www.deenepark.com or call 01780 450278.