It’s been a few years since the garden team were able to hold a weekend plant sale, once an annual spring event. A nursery clear out is long overdue and this is your chance to take a bit of Beningbrough home with you. Visitors to the National Trust garden on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May, can do just that.

The eight-acre gardens, located between York and Harrogate, offer inspiration and a few clues as to how the plants would grow. Expect to find potted up perennials from the winter lift and split, grown on seedlings surplus to requirements and few shrubs maturing from cuttings. The gardens are peat free and many of the plants are grown on using homemade compost from gardening waste over the year.

Head Gardener, Sam Shipman said “It’s one of my favourite weekends of the year where the team enjoy talking all things gardening with visitors. Hopefully we can find them their perfect plant for that difficult corner and their purchases help to maintain Beningbrough’s gardens for years to come.”

Spring has certainly sprung early in the gardens this year so combine a visit with a wander looking out for opening Peonies, Alliums and Iris in the borders and any remaining cherry blossom – depending on the weather. A little further afield the parkland is carpeted with bluebells at this time of year and new rustic benches open up the Pike Ponds area for a short walk but also offer a place to perch along the way.

Free entry to the gardens and plant sale for National Trust and RHS members, otherwise normal admission charges apply. Plan your visit on the website, no booking needed, sale on from 10am – 4pm.

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