Palace House Blog – April 2018

Palace House with daffodils in the foreground
Posted  29.03.2018
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Spring has definitely sprung at Palace House! Flowers are blooming around the grounds and the team are getting crafty to prepare for our Easter holiday activities.

Spring has sprung!

Having been a very frosty start to spring this year it is always a warming sight to see the first of this season’s flowers bursting forth from their winter slumber. Delicate snowdrops and bright bluebells can be seen from the upper windows of Palace House and the surrounding moat becomes a sea of yellow and green. From the upper drawing room all eyes are on the Mill Pond to see how many cygnets grace the River this year, Beaulieu’s very own ‘ugly ducklings’!

The gardening team have been hard at work freshening up the flowerbeds to make way for the spring bulbs, and planting new grasses such as Agapanthus and Libertia Grandiflora.

Gardening team tending plants in the Beaulieu gardens
The Beaulieu gardening team hard at work!

On the subject of gardens, House manager, Chris Morley, and Keeper of Collections, Sarah Downer, were privileged to be invited to the opening of the ‘Humphrey Repton exhibition’ at Woburn Abbey. The exhibition showcases Repton’s ‘Red Book’; his famous presentation book of his garden designs and, as guest speaker Alan Titchmarsh explained, Repton considered himself the very first ‘landscape gardener’ and deserves to be remembered with as much affection from the gardening community as the great ‘Capability’ Brown.

Easter Crafts

Palace House will come alive with a special range of activities this Easter holiday and the team have been kept very busy getting ready…

Over the Easter Weekend the House will come alive with an extra-special range of crafts and activities. Upstairs, colourful silk flowers and ribbons have been carefully stitched to Easter bonnets to make them even more beautiful for dressing-up.  New velvet capes have been made and top hats and boaters dug out from their boxes, all beautifully arranged on a purpose-built stand.

Mrs Chadwick the Housekeeper has been non-stop chopping, cutting and folding little yellow paper chicks and eggs ready for the hands-on Easter card making. Visitors can choose to make a decoration for the Easter tree in the Ante room, or make a decoration or card to take home.

Easter bonnets in Palace House
Complete your look with an Easter bonnet!

The fun will continue throughout the rest of the Easter holidays, with bird making and colouring crafts. The team have also been busy setting up the face painting, ready to transform children into bunnies, birds and butterflies!

Find out how you can join in with our Easter Holiday activities.

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