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Berry good start to Blenheim Palace Flower Show

The Queen of British baking, Mary Berry, spoke of her ‘sheer pleasure’ as she opened the Blenheim Palace Flower Show earlier today (Friday).

While Mary Berry’s interest in cooking led her to a career as one of the nation’s favourite cookery writers and broadcasters, she has a passion for growing her own. While at the show she did two Q&A sessions in the show theatre, signed books for fans and chatted to visitors and exhibitors enjoying the sunshine.

She opened the show from the Victory Pavilion in front of hundreds of gardening enthusiasts, telling them: “If I wasn’t a cook I would certainly be a gardener. What a joy to be here.”

She added: “For me it is such a treat to come to a show with the backdrop of Blenheim Palace, how wonderful… And unlike Chelsea, you can buy! When you have enjoyed the show today, don’t forget to tell all your friends that they can come along on Saturday and Sunday too. It’s a sheer pleasure to be here.”

On Saturday, June 20, presenter, author and garden designer Joe Swift will be sharing his expert knowledge of landscaping, garden design and home gardening.

Packed with inspiration and masses of vibrant colour, the three-day event features quality plants, trees and shrubs as well as great products, gadgets and structures to transform your outdoor space. There are more than 200 stands including many local exhibitors with local produce.

Matt Upson, director of show organiser Aztec Events, said: We’ve had a brilliant first day with a thousands of people attending the show and we’re looking forward to Saturday and Sunday. There’s lots to see, lots to do and lots of great things to buy for your garden.”

For more information visit: Tickets are priced from £12.80 adults and £6.60 for children, and include entrance to the palace grounds. Concessions and family tickets are also available.

19th June 2015