The fine East Gardens at Hatfield House, Hatfield, Herts will be open during the whole of the Midsummer Festival of Gardening, to be held at the house next Saturday, 22 June (10am-6pm) and Sunday 23 June (10am-5pm). The gardens, beautifully planted by the Marchioness of Salisbury, provide an unparalleled setting for the festival, which includes a horticultural display set up in a large marquee. Thirty nurseries will be offering plants for sale and there will also be lectures and gardening demonstrations throughout the weekend. The main entrance gate to Hatfield lies immediately opposite Hatfield railway station. Admission to the show, pounds 4.90.
Barrington Court, the National Trust's Edwardian garden in Somerset, is the first stop in Stephen Lacey's nationwide tour, to celebrate the publication of his recent definitive book, Gardens of the National Trust (National Trust pounds 29.99). Mr Lacey will answer visitors' questions and will also give a short talk on planting design. The session starts at 10am. Tickets are pounds 8, which includes admission to the garden and house. To book, or for further information, call 01460 241938.Reuse content