Harborough Mail – Kelmarsh Hall to feature on gardening show

Kelmarsh Hall will feature on a new BBC Two series seeking to reverse the decline in Britain’s horticultural history.

The hall’s walled garden features on Great British Garden Revival to be screened this Monday (January 6) at 7pm, when presenter Rachel de Thame will be investigating the decline of Britain’s cut-flower industry.

Kelmarsh’s in-house florist, Louise Wesley also explains how she uses the cut flowers grown in the garden to produce floral displays.

Great British Garden Revival, which started last month, brings together the BBC’s most-loved gardening experts who are determined to turn the public back into a green-fingered nation once again.

In each episode, two presenters focus on an endangered aspect of gardens about which they feel passionately, and offer hands-on, practical advice to viewers on how they can restore and look after their gardens.

During Monday’s show Rachel de Thame discovers that 90 per cent of the UK’s cut flowers are imported.

Cut flowers are big business and £120 million a year is spent on wedding flowers.

Former resident and society decorator Nancy Lancaster, who lived at Kelmarsh Hall during the 1920s and then again just after World War Two, loved nothing more than filling the Hall with an abundance of freshly-cut flowers from the garden.

Kelmarsh gardener Fiona Alexander said: “We are very honoured that the BBC has chosen to film at Kelmarsh. We pride ourselves on our variety of cut flowers, ranging from the cottage style delphiniums, lupins and foxgloves through to the light and feathery Ammi majus, sweet pea and phlox. They also make lovely additions to wedding bouquets for couples who get married in the Hall.”

Kelmarsh Hall will next be open for a Spring Walk on Sunday, February 23, from 11am to 3pm, when visitors can enjoy a walk and see signs of life in the gardens.

The hall and gardens will then re-open to the public at Easter on Sunday, April 20.

For full details of opening times visit www.kelmarsh.com or call 01604 686543.