On Tuesday 11th June we welcomed many supporters to the stunning Braxted Park Estate for Bunny Guinness’ exclusive talk about her world of television, radio, and of course her gorgeous gardens. The event was part of the National Garden Scheme Open Day at the Estate, which was enormously well-attended too as people flocked with intrigue to see the gardens in all their summer glory. 

As Braxted Park is a private estate, the Open Day is one of the few occasions the public are able to explore the space. Many people complimented the beauty of the natural landscape, which is clearly a labour of love on the part of those nurturing the flora and fauna throughout the year. 

Visitors who attended the talk also felt it was a huge privilege to have been able to hear Bunny Guinness speak in such a marvellous location. As Bunny has a large following thanks to BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time, as well as her features in the Sunday Telegraph, everyone was delighted to meet her and were enraptured as she offered her exclusive insights and advice to attendees.  

As Bunny has designed Horatio’s Garden Oswestry, which will be opening later this year, she introduced this project to the audience and spoke passionately about why she wanted to create a garden for the charity. She shared with visitors her vision for the garden, and touched on her desire to design a gentle, welcoming, personable space for patients to relax in and enjoy with their families and friends. 

Visitors were hugely impressed by the quality of her talk and afterwards many enjoyed chatting with Chair of Trustees, Dr Olivia Chapple, who also attended the event to offer people further insight into the work of Horatio’s Garden. Hearing people’s immediate enthusiasm for the charity is always heart-warming and it was lovely to see so many visitors interested in how the gardens help patients’ and their loved ones’ physical and mental wellbeing. 

We are most grateful to Duncan and Nicky Clarke of Braxted Park and their fantastic team, along with the National Garden Scheme for all their generosity and support of the charity.