Dahlia Festival

04 September 2016

Make sure Kelmarsh Hall's Dahlia Festival is in your diary when the popular two-day event makes a return this year. 

In celebration of the impressive collection of dahlias at Kelmarsh Hall, a programme of specially-themed activities will take place on Sunday 4th September and Sunday 18th September. 

The historic walled kitchen garden is home to a wonderful, varied display of dahlias and in recent years, new American-bred varieties have been added to the collection as a nod to former resident Nancy Lancaster's American roots. Varieties that can be found at Kelmarsh Hall include Crazy Legs, Sassafras, Lucky Ducky and Junkyard Dog.

For those wishing to find out more about how to grow, care for and get the most from these magnificent flowers, there will be special dahlia clinics led by gardening experts, so that you too can enjoy a vibrant display in your own garden. In addition, there will be garden tours led by our Head Gardener, flower arranging demonstrations and a daily talk – more details will be published here nearer the time. The Hall will be open for visitors to view at their leisure from 2pm to 4pm on a free-flow basis.

The opening times are 11am to 5pm and there will be a single entry fee to the hall, gardens and all the events during the Dahlia Festival: £8 for adults, £4.50 for children aged 5-14, free entry for under-fives and a 20% discount for RHS members (£6.40). Due to this being a special event other membership cards cannot be used, including the Kelmarsh garden season ticket, and those planning on visiting the tea room only will be required to pay the full admission fee. For more details call 01604 686543.

Timetable of events

Time  What's On Location
11:30am Garden Tour with Head Gardener, Josh Coyne Meet on the West Terrace
12:00pm Dahlias at Kelmarsh - a talk by gardening expert Michele Hickman. Discover the stories behind the beautiful dahlias at Kelmarsh. Hall - entry via South Steps
2:00pm Flower arranging demonstrations with Emma Wright Orangery
2:00pm-4:00pm Hall open for visitors to enjoy at their leisure.  Entry via South Steps
2:30pm Dahlia Clinic with gardening expert Michele Hickman. Tent in Walled Garden
3:00pm Flower arranging demonstrations with Emma Wright Orangery
3:00pm Garden Tour with Head Gardener, Josh Coyne Meet on the West Terrace

In addition there will be chutney tasting in the Walled Garden from 11am to 1:30pm - come and try some delicious chutneys made from vegetables and fruits of the Walled Garden. Cheese and bread supplied! 

We are also delighted to announce that Annie MacCormick, author of "The Whole Picture: A Diary of a Year in the Gardens at Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire" will be signing copies of her book in the Vinery in the Walled Garden from 11am to 3.00pm.