Seeing gardens grow in England Flowers: June events include shows in Birmingham and Ticehurst.

Travel Q&A

March 16, 1997|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

I plan to visit London in early June. Are there gardening events then?

You will be too late for the May 20-23 Chelsea Flower Show and too early for another major event, the Hampton Court Flower Show July 8-13. Both are organized by the Royal Horticultural Society. But there will be a show in Birmingham, about 110 miles north of London (90 minutes by train from Euston Station). More than 90 nurseries will participate in BBC Gardeners' World Live June 11-15. Experts from BBC-TV and radio gardening programs will be on hand. Tickets cost about $19 between 9 p.m. and 3 p.m. and $13 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on June 15). Information: (44-171) 649 1885. Reservations: (44-121) 767 4505.

The Rose and Summer Flower Festival June 5-8 at the 16th-century Pashley Manor in Ticehurst, about 45 miles southeast of London (about an hour's train trip from Charing Cross Station), will feature displays of roses, irises and unusual shrubs and grasses. Pashley Manor is in Ticehurst, near Wadhurst, East Sussex, (44-1580) 200692. Admission is about $8.

The restored Privy Garden at Hampton Court Palace in East Molesey, Surrey, reopened in 1995. Archaeology and historical research helped facilitate the complete restoration of William III's garden to its 1702 state with parterres, clipped yews and spring and summer displays of the flowers and shrubs that once grew there. The garden is open daily from 9: 30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is about $3.50. Information: (44-181) 781 9500.

In London, possibilities include two events presented by the Museum of Garden History: a class from 10 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 3 about the Edwardian garden, and a lecture at 7 p.m. June 11 about the gardens of Ellen Biddle Shipman, who designed gardens for Henry Ford and Vincent Astor, among others. The first course costs $68, including lunch; the evening lecture is about $10. The museum, in the former church of St. Mary at

Lambeth on Lambeth Palace Road, (44-171) 401 8865, is open daily except Saturday. The lectures and courses take place nearby, at 220 Lambeth Road.

Also in London is the Chelsea Physic Garden, founded in 1673 for medical and scientific research. The 3.5-acre garden, which is still associated with the healing arts and medicine, includes an area devoted to the history of medicinal plants; an herb garden with culinary and medicinal plants; botanical order beds; and one of the oldest rock gardens in Europe (1772). The Chelsea garden is open from April 6 to Oct. 26, usually on Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., but June 2-6, the hours are noon to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $6. The garden, (44-171) 352 5646, is off Swan Walk, on Royal Hospital Road.

Pub Date: 3/16/97

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