Big Bulb Plant - 335,000!

We've an exciting autumn ahead of us with a whopping 335,000 bulbs to plant in the gardens. Get stuck in with our team to help us achieve this monumental task to enjoy a big display of colour next spring.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Our spring flowers have been increased year on year, bringing colourful displays and delightful plants to the gardens. We're focusing on our favorites for Stowe, We’ll be planting 125,000 bluebells along Bell Gate Drive leading down to the gardens, 200,000 snakeshead fritillaries and two different types of cyclamen in Lamport Garden – 5000 of each. If you fancy getting involved with some gardening, your help will contribute to a bright displays in years to come. Drop in and meet the gardeners.

Prices

Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
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Stowe

Prices

Joint NT Stowe and House
Gift Aid Standard
Adult N/A £18.50
National Trust Stowe
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £13.20 £12.00
Child £6.60 £6.00
Family £33.00 £30.00
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £11.20
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £5.60
Stowe House
Gift Aid Standard
Adult N/A £6.50
National Trust member N/A £4.95

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

Stowe House is managed and operated by Stowe House Preservation Trust. For more information call +44 (0)1280 818166. Admission charges apply to National Trust members, payable at National Trust reception.

Child tickets: under 17s, under 5s go free.

HHA members and Stowe House annual pass members: free.

 

The basics

Suitability
Give them the gardening buzz, kids can join in too.
Dogs on leads are welcome.
Meeting point
Arrive at the New Inn visitor centre where our welcome team will be able to tell you which area of the gardens to join in on the activity.
What to bring and wear
Wear old, comfy clothes and suitable shoes or wellies if you're going to get stuck in and possibly muddy. We'll provide gloves and trowels, but feel free to bring along your own.
Accessibility
The gardens are partly accessible with steep hills and inclines. This is an active task of gardening, please call us to discuss any access requirements.
Other
We'll provide you with 100 bulbs at a time and a set 1 meter square wooden frame to help line up where the bulbs need to be planted. You can decide as little or as many bulbs you want to help plant. Areas of the gardens will change: The first few days will start down Bell Gate Drive planting bluebells, followed by snakeshead fritillaries by Gurnet's Walk and the Sleeping Wood. During the second week we'll be planting cyclamen and heading into the Lamport Garden.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
22 October 2018 10:00 - 15:00 Available
23 October 2018 10:00 - 15:00 Available
24 October 2018 10:00 - 15:00 Available
25 October 2018 10:00 - 15:00 Available
26 October 2018 10:00 - 15:00 Available

Contact Info

Name
National Trust at Stowe
Email
stowe@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01280 817 156

Upcoming events

Men in Sheds at Stowe: When autumn comes...

Sun 21 Oct 2018
10:00-17:00
Local community group Buckingham Men in Sheds will be in the New Inn courtyard selling lots of handcrafted goodies for the keen gardener and nature lover including planters, trugs, wildlife habitat boxes, and lots more.

"Aren't we worthy?" - the winning women

Sun 21 Oct 2018
10:00-17:00
Join us as we celebrate our winning worthy women, as voted for by you, in a modern day representation of Stowe's famous Temple of the British Worthies.

Autumn rambles

Sun 21 Oct 2018
10:00-17:00
Pick up one of our self-led walks from our visitor welcome centre to enjoy a ramble around the gardens and park, and discover more about the surprising stories of the women of Stowe. You may also experience Stowe's awesome autumnal colours.

Big Bulb Plant - 335,000!

Mon 22 Oct 2018
10:00-15:00
We've an exciting autumn ahead of us with a whopping 335,000 bulbs to plant in the gardens. Get stuck in with our team to help us achieve this monumental task to enjoy a big display of colour next spring.

Half-term: Hallowe'en trail

Mon 22 Oct 2018
10:00-16:00
Follow our spooky pumpkin trail through the gardens to discover the story of Persephone and her link to the underworld.