Sir Ian McKellen to open Blenheim Palace Flower Show

Date Posted: 13/04/2016

It has been revealed that this year’s Blenheim Palace Flower Show will be opened by actor Sir Ian McKellen, star of both the stage and the screen.

Blenheim Palace Flower Show will take place between the 17th and the 19th of June at the World Heritage Site in Woodstock, Oxfordshire.

This year’s show will include a 20,000 square foot grand floral pavilion, which will feature over 30 floral displays and a large selection of flowers and plants.

Visitors will be able to browse and purchase from hundreds of floral and garden exhibitors, or purchase food inside the food marquee.

There will also be a selection of show gardens on display designed by some of the UK’s leading garden designers, including a garden created for the Blackbird Trust.

The show will be opened by Sir Ian McKellen who is best known for the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Sir Ian McKellen commented, “I am really looking forward to visiting Blenheim Palace on Friday 17th June. It is 300 years since the birth of Capability Brown. It will be intriguing to see how he transformed the palace’s parkland and how it looks today.”

Blenheim Palace is a World Heritage Site which is surrounded by more than 2,000 acres of Capability Brown landscaped parkland and formal gardens. This year is the Capability Brown Festival 2016, to coincide with the landscaper’s anniversary.

Show director Matthew Upson, managing director of Aztec events, added, “Blenheim Palace Flower Show has really established itself as one of the great summer occasions and there couldn’t be a finer  setting for a flower show than the beautiful landscape of Blenheim Palace.”

The show was first launched in 2013 and has attracted tens of thousands of visitors of all ages, as well as appealing to both experienced and novice gardeners since.

For more information visit www.blenheimflowershow.co.uk.

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