A month of beautiful blooms

Flowers at Avebury Manor garden

At Avebury we’ll be celebrating beautiful spring blooms throughout the month of May. As you wander around the garden you’ll be able to admire seasonal planting as it bursts into life as well as displays from local florists and growers. During the month there will also be two spring floral workshops which will teach you to make a beautiful arrangement for the home. Or if you’re visiting with your family, join us for a half-term of flowers and fun as we make bee hotels. Scroll down for more information and how to book.

May Day celebrations

Mon 1 May, 11am-4pm

Have you ever wanted to dance around the May pole? At Avebury we’ll be celebrating the beginning of May with traditional festivities including Morris Dancing and Maypole dancing. There will also be family craft activities for a small charge, to cover the cost of materials.

Beautiful blooms in the garden

Mon 1 – Fri 26 May, 11am-5pm

The garden team at Avebury work year round, planting and caring for plants which begin to burst into bloom during May. Soak up these beautiful spring blooms as you explore the Avebury Manor Garden with a special handout from the garden team. We will also be inviting local florists and growers to exhibit their own floral creations throughout the month. Look out for one of these displays every time you visit. A big thank you to the local florists, growers and floristry groups who have supported beautiful blooms:

Bayntun Flowers, www.bayntunflowers.co.uk

Pink and Rose flowers, www.pinkandrose.uk

Simply Flowers Wiltshire, simplyflowerswiltshire.com

Chrissie Wiltshire Flowers, www.chrissiewiltshireflowers.com

Hedge Rose, hedgeroseflorist.co.uk

Avebury Manor garden volunteers, for more information on volunteering contact mary.wickenden@nationaltrust.org.uk

Spring floral workshops

Sat 6 and Sat 20 May, 10.30am-1pm Booking essential, £38 per person

During this relaxed workshop with local florist Sue Scott you will be able to choose from a selection of seasonal flowers to create a beautiful floral bouquet which will be yours to take home. Learn how to condition flowers ready for use and discover the spiralling technique as well as how to use colour, shape and texture effectively. All materials and a delicious cream tea included. Book online or call 0344 2491895.

Gardener’s question time

Fri 26 May, 2-3pm

Chat to Head Gardener Simon Brooks to discover more about Avebury Manor Garden or ask a question to solve a problem in your own garden. Simon will be positioned in the Monks’ garden at Avebury and this month he’ll be focusing on annuals and cut gardens.

Half term fun

Sat 27 May – Sun 4 June, 11am-4pm

This half-term at Avebury we will be celebrating spring blooms with lots of fun family activities. Spotter sheets will have you hunting for flowers in the garden or Manor and you can also take part in daily activities from making a small solitary bee hotel to creating a floral crown. Crafts have a small charge to cover the cost of materials.

Help make a bee hotel

Fri 2 June, 10am-12.30pm and 1.30-4pm Booking essential, free

The team at Avebury need your help! We want to make a solitary bee hotel for the garden. This is a chance to join in with a wildlife and wood working session, have fun and make something which will benefit Avebury garden for years to come. The final bee hotels will remain in the garden at Aveury so that the bees can help pollinate our beautiful flowers and apple trees in the orchard.

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