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Thursday, 20 April 2017

Tulip Festival at Hever Castle, Kent

The grounds of Hever Castle, the childhood home of Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, are currently ablaze with tulips. The mild weather means the flowers are blooming rather earlier than expected this year, so some events and activities have been brought forward.

The Italian Garden has formal displays, with most of the varieties sporting useful labels. 
Black Parrot
Hot Pants
Ice Cream
Calgary Flame

Elsewhere there are massed displays, stunning in the spring sunshine.

Gardeners were busy adding manure to the beds - evidence of the hard work needed to keep the gardens at their best.

Some 7,000 bulbs in 60 different varieties were planted in the autumn, and will be dug up at the end of the season, many to be replanted in the borders.

Hever's 2017 Tulip Celebrations run until May 7.

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