Bulb planting bonanza at Beningbrough

Join us every weekend in September to complete the challenge of planting a further 100,000 bulbs.

2016 started with a quest. As one of the ways to mark Beningbrough Hall turning 300, somebody felt it might be a good idea to plant 300,000 bulbs over the year! Mission accepted and thanks to our visitors, staff and volunteers we started the year well with around 200,000 snowdrops planted 'in the green' in February.

We need your help to plant the remaining 100,000 bulbs

Every weekend in September, 10.30am - 5pm.*

All tools will be provided including long and short handled planters, kneelers and gloves for big and little hands. You can stay for as long or as little as you want and either plant a small few or challenge yourself to a tray or two. In future years the new 'ha-ha walk' will be full of colour thanks to everybody contributing.

This is the first part of the ten year garden plan that designer Andy Sturgeon has influenced. He's currently working on future designs for the Beningbrough garden and the location of this next swathe of planting is part of that plan. In addition to the Galanthus nivalis already planted, the bulbs we will be planting in September are:

  • Narcissus ‘Tête á Tête’  
  • Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus or pheasant's eye daffodil 
  • Narcissus ‘Toto’
  • Chionodoxa forbesii (syn. luciliae) or glory of the snow 
  • Crocus tommasinianus ‘Whitewell purple’ 

Get creative in the Artrageous family art workshop too!

Drop into the Hayloft and make your own paper flower. Either use it to mark where you've planted your flowers or take home to decorate your garden or room.

See how we got on when we started the challenge do you know what to expect........


Bulb planting bonanza

Leave your mark on the garden this September and help us to plant the final 100,000 bulbs to complete the 300,000 challenge in Beningbrough Hall's 300th year. This video shows the event from February and how people got involved so you know what to expect. You'll be able to visit year after year and see your handiwork in bloom.

The small print

*Normal admission charges apply - free entry to National Trust members and under fives.

The event is free, donations towards bulbs are welcomed and appreciated.

Hayloft room for art workshop accessed by stairs only.