Earlier this month, I was delighted to be invited to a Garden Bloggers Event at Glyndebourne in East Sussex. Garden Adviser John Hoyland, together with gardeners Kevin, Steve and Dawn gave us a guided tour of the beautiful gardens, which surround the opera house. Then, we were fortunate enough to watch a dress rehearsal of Rinaldo. (Pictured below left to right: Steve, Kevin, Dawn & John)
Yes…there is an opera house there. I’m not sure where I’d got the idea into my head, but I’d always thought the opera actually took place outside! Here’s a picture I took of inside, from back stage.
The reason that the gardens at Glyndebourne are so well-known is because they are where opera-goers are able to picnic during the interval. And what an amazing setting! As well as picnic rugs, people also bring along tables, chairs and even champagne buckets!
What a wonderful name this plant below has, with its delicate pink flowers. It’s called ‘Kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate’.
The highlight of the garden tour for me was the breath-taking wild flower meadow, featuring an abundance of Coreopsis.
Isn’t it stunning?! Kevin, the Head Gardener at Glyndebourne, who’s pictured below, regularly creates flower arrangements, using blooms from the borders and cutting garden.
And here’s a video showing him making an arrangement.
This year, Glyndebourne are celebrating 80 years of the Glyndebourne Festival and 20 years in their new opera house. The Festival runs until August 30th, but then there’s the Glyndebourne Tour, which takes place from October 4th until December 10th. The tour will be visiting Brighton, Plymouth and Norwich, plus several other towns. For full details, simply visit the Glyndebourne website.
And if you’d like to visit the gardens at Glyndebourne, there is special Family Day on October 11th, where non-ticket holders can come and explore, both the gardens and backstage.
(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)