Springtime seeds and plants on offer from the Royal Pavilion Gardens

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Seeds and plants from the Royal Pavilion gardens are on offer on Friday 10 April, from 10am to 12.30pm at a stall staffed by garden volunteers outside the entrance to Brighton Museum.

Seeds from a variety of plants, including hollyhocks, foxgloves, sweet williams and poppies and plants including acanthus, euphorbia, geranium and daylily are available for a small donation towards gardening costs. The seeds are attractively packaged in an envelope and are ready for sowing.

The seeds and plants have been gathered by the Royal Pavilion garden volunteers who help to maintain the Regency-style gardens under the direction of Head Gardener Robert Hill-Snook. The volunteers carry out tasks such as weeding, pruning and deadheading, to maintain the health and appearance of plants and shrubs throughout the estate. Equally important is the volunteers’ role in providing information about the gardens to visitors, sharing their knowledge of the plants and gardening techniques.

The Royal Pavilion gardens have been restored to their original Regency splendour, following John Nash’s 1820s plans and conforming as closely as possible to the original lists of plants supplied to George IV. Today, they are maintained under organic guidelines, using natural planting techniques and organic compost, with the use of chemicals prohibited. This approach continues to encourage the return of wildlife to the centre of Brighton, with butterflies, bees and a sizeable bird population.

On Thursdays 4, 11 and 18 June visitors can join one of Head Gardener Robert’s celebrated garden tours and discover more about creating a Regency Garden. The tour is followed by a delicious cream tea in the Royal Pavilion Tearoom. To book or find out more call the bookings team on 03000 290902.

Tea with the Head Gardener: Creating a Regency Garden
Thursdays 4, 11 & 18 June
Meet at the Royal Pavilion
2-4pm (includes cream tea) £16.50, members £14, book in advance on 03000 290902
Join Head Gardener Robert Hill-Snook for one of his celebrated tours of the Royal Pavilion Gardens, followed by a cream tea in the Royal Pavilion Tearoom.

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Tea with the Head Gardener: Creating a Regency Garden
Thursdays 4, 11 & 18 June
Meet at the Royal Pavilion
2-4pm (includes cream tea) £16.50, members £14, book in advance on 03000 290902
Join Head Gardener Robert Hill-Snook for one of his celebrated tours of the Royal Pavilion Gardens, followed by a cream tea in the Royal Pavilion Tearoom.

The Royal Pavilion
Entrance in Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton
03000 290900
www.brightonmuseums.org.uk
Open daily: April-September 9.30am-5.45pm (last admission 5pm), October-March 10am-5.15pm (last admission 4.30pm). Closed 24 December (from 2.30pm), 25 & 26 December
Admission fee payable
Wheelchair accessible (ground floor only), Wheelchairs available, Accessible toilet, Baby changing facilities, tactile tours for visually impaired,
Café, shop

Press enquiries: Marketing and Audience Development, 03000 290906
museums.marketing@brighton-hove.gov.uk

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