See details of activities below.
Hever In Bloom – June 26 – July 2
Hever Castle’s annual garden event showcases the glorious award winning gardens at the height of their summer beauty. Enjoy one of the finest displays of more than 4,000 roses in Kent, the Garden of England.
Explore the gardens in a free guided tour daily (approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour) led by one of the knowledgeable Hever Castle gardening team. Learn about many of the plants grown throughout the grounds and learn the fascinating history of the gardens.
Then head inside the Castle to see stunning English floral displays themed around Hever Castle’s literary connection as we celebrate the Year of Literary Heroes with Visit England.
If you’ve ever been tempted to try your hand at floristry, the daily workshops during Hever in Bloom are just the place to start (workshops take approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour). Create a circular table arrangement, designed by one of the Hever Castle Gardeners, to take home. Our floristry trained gardener will guide you through creating your arrangement, whilst providing tips and giving advice (all materials provided, book online in advance).
Enjoy this series of easy to understand talks and demonstrations given by local gardening experts on topics such as gardening for wildlife, poisons and potions, plants for free, vegetative propagation, climbing plants and shady gardening. Talks take place at 12:30, 13:00 and 15:00 and vary daily.
English Floral Displays (Castle ticket required), 12:00-17:00 – the Castle will be beautifully decorated with English floral displays themed around Hever Castle’s literary connections.
Garden Tours, 11:00 – commencing at the Information Centre, you will be led by a member of the Hever Castle gardening team on a tour lasting approximately 45-60 minutes.
Talk on Natural Perfume & Aromatherapy, 12:00 – learn about the plants the produce fragrant oils and how they are made in this 20-30 minute talk by essential oil consultant Laura Hoy.
Pre-booked Floristry Table Arrangement Workshop, 14:00 – create a circular table arrangement design by one of the Hever Castle gardeners (approximately 45-60 minutes).
Gardening Talks, 12:30, 13:00 & 15:00 – a series of easy to understand talks and demonstrations given by local gardening experts. See timetable below.
|Monday||Propagating plants from seeds and cuttings||Common sense garden design||Edible ornamentals|
|Tuesday||Edible ornamentals||Gardening for wildlife||Plants for free|
|Wednesday||Edible ornamentals||Shady gardening||Plants for free|
|Thursday||Edible ornamentals||Vegetative propagation||Softs and semis|
|Friday||Edible ornamentals||Climbing plants||Poisons and potions|
|Saturday||Propagating plants from seeds and cuttings||Common sense garden design||Edible ornamentals|
|Sunday||Propagating plants from seeds and cuttings||Common sense garden design||Edible ornamentals|
Best Miniature Garden Competition: Photos of miniature gardens created during National Gardening Week will be displayed for visitors to see. If your miniature garden has bloomed, take a photo and email it to email@example.com. The lucky winner will be selected on Sunday 2 July and will win a £20 gift voucher for the Hever Shop or Courtyard Shop.
Always check details before travelling. Hever Castle reserves the right to close all or part of the Castle and grounds and to change or cancel events.