All in bloom at Hatfield House Rose Weekend
PUBLISHED: 19:34 30 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:28 20 February 2013
Hatfield House Rose Weekend and Summer Garden Show proved to be a blooming success.
Hatfield House Rose Weekend and Summer Garden Show proved a success over the weekend of June 19 and 20.
Despite a chilly Saturday, visitors still flocked to the show,travelling from as far afield as Cheshire and Hampshire.
The roses looked and smelt glorious and people enjoyed browsing the plant stalls to find unusual varieties. The quality of the plants was outstanding and visitors were heard to remark on the real rose perfume. Deep purple and flame orange roses seemed the most popular, particularly Easy Does it, from Harkness Roses which was introduced at Chelsea last month.
Philip Harkness was at the show to advise visitors on rose care and the perfect plant for their garden. The team from Codicote, Stevenage and Hitchin Garden Centres were kept busy answering questions about growing your own vegetables.
The ladies from Cheese Yes Please!, based in Knebworth, tempted visitors to sample a wide range of cheeses. Waitrose, Welwyn Garden City were at the event with some delicious wedding cake to try.
After all the samples, visitors still had room for lunch in the Restaurant or one of Hatfields resident chef Andrew McCreanors afternoon teas home made cakes served in the Old Palace.
Music in the garden was one of the show highlights, this year featuring songs from the Mikado from Stevenage Chorus and Hairspray by Hertfordshire Concert Band. The beautiful voice of the Romantic Tenor, Neil Heaton Wright, created a wonderful atmosphere on Sunday afternoon.
The Home Counties area National Association of Flower Arranging Societies held their Anniversary flower arranging competition in the Riding School. Golden Memories was the theme, and there were certainly some golden memories to take home. Deputy Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Carl Storer helped with the prize giving ceremony.