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Bloomin' great day out at castle for plant lovers

PUBLISHED: 15:15 07 May 2008 | UPDATED: 11:42 12 August 2010

PLANT enthusiasts from across the county are set to visit a horticultural fair at a famous castle and World Garden. Lullingstone Castle

PLANT enthusiasts from across the county are set to visit a horticultural fair at a famous castle and World Garden.

Lullingstone Castle's Tom Hart Dyke has invited experts, including Chelsea Flower Show gold medallists to the event this Sunday.

Last year's inaugural plant fair drew crowds of over 1,700 down to Eynsford - all trying to get their hands on the country's finest exhibits.

Mr Hart Dyke said:

"McBeans' remain my horticultural heroes, their orchids are wonderful and their knowledge of this fascinating plant family is second to none.

"I'll definitely be spending part of my plant budget at their stand."

Some of the south east's most creative and innovative nursery growers will pitch their stalls on the lawn at Lullingstone Castle, scene of BBC2's popular Return To Lullingstone Castle.

Chelsea gold medal winning nurseries include The Old Walled Garden from Sevenoaks, Dysons who specialise in Salvais, Hadlow College from Tonbridge, Iris of Sissinghurst and Cookoo Box Nurseries from Maidstone.

They pitch up alongside renowned specialists Sheila Chapman Clematis from Essex, world famous plantsman and Chelsea gold medal holder Derek Lloyd Dean and the award-winning Rotherview Nursery.

Gates open at 11am.

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