The Duchess of Bedford to open new features at Woburn Abbey Gardens

Woburn Abbey Gardens
Woburn Abbey Gardens

Woburn Abbey Gardens is a hive of activity with the industrious team of gardeners preparing the site for their 5th annual Woburn Abbey Garden Show.

As well as providing a superb shopping opportunity with over 70 stalls, the event on June 21 and 22, will also see the opening of two new features within the gardens.

For the past ten years The Duchess of Bedford, along with Martin Towsey and his team, have been working hard to restore Humphry Repton’s original plans for the ‘Pleasure Gardens’.

This year a green oak walkway has been added to the Rockery Pavilion, giving public access to this award-winning structure for the very first time.

The walkway will be opened by The Duchess of Bedford at the Garden Show at 3pm on Saturday 21st June, after which visitors will be able to take in the views across the gardens and Estate from the top of the Rockery.

On Sunday, June 22, The Duchess of Bedford will also be opening the Long Borders, an area filled with colourful herbaceous perennials selected by Her Grace.

The Woburn Abbey Garden Show will offer visitors the chance to learn new gardening skills, talk to experts, and purchase an array of unusual plants and garden items, all within the stunning grounds and gardens of Woburn Abbey.

Gardening experts Pippa Greenwood, Martin Fish and Alistair Fraser will share their knowledge through a series of talks and Q&A sessions during the event.

Top UK nurseries will be there, including Heucerholics, Nobottle Nurseries, Potash Nurseries and Palm Exotics.

Whether you have a courtyard garden, a window box or a large country garden, there will be inspiration for every outdoor space.

The Food Hall will be filled with various refreshments from stall holders including Breckland Orchard, Buckingham Brewery, Deli Vegetaria, and Friar’s Farm. Pet Piggies are returning to the show with a chance to see some very cute micro pigs, and a range of artists will be exhibiting their work including Rachel Carter, Alistair Howie and Abigail Mill.

Furthermore, the Duke and Duchess’ private gardens will be open to the public for the first time at this year’s Garden Show giving visitors a chance to explore a previously unseen area. Woburn Abbey’s RHS qualified gardeners will also offer guided tours of the gardens throughout the weekend, included within the admission price, giving visitors a behind the scenes look at their award-winning restoration project.

Martin Towsey, Estates Gardens Manager, explains further: “Her Grace wanted to give gardeners the opportunity to visit a garden show where they can learn and experience first-hand what needs to be done in their gardens.

“We have been working hard over the last few years to bring Woburn Abbey Gardens back to their former glory and hosting our Garden Show within these wonderful gardens is a dream come true.”

Tickets for the Woburn Abbey Garden Show are available to purchase online. For more information, visit or call 01525 290333.