Dunstable reaches final of Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom competition


Everything is looking rosy for Dunstable, as the town has not only been nominated as a finalist in the RHS Britain in Bloom competition, but is also taking part in the regional Anglia in Bloom competition.

Judging for both will take place later this month (July).

Council spokeswoman Jemma Candy said: “During the judges’ visits, we will show them local initiatives and green spaces and introduce them to community groups.

The beautiful Dunstable Gardens Photo: John Chatterley

“One of the stops on our tour will be the Old Palace Lodge Hotel to show them the Tudor Gardens.”

These have recently been redone.

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Hotel spokeswoman Viviane Vayssières explained: “The general philosophy behind the creation of the gardens on the site of the former Norman King Inn is quintessentially English, an ambitious heritage project of classical gardening with reference to the Tudor history linked to the hotel.

Queen’s Jubilee Celebration Photo: John Chatterley

“Ornamental grasses give a modern touch to planting and provide year-round interest with seasonal bulbs and annual flowers in zinc linear flower beds and planters.

“The main planting complements the hard landscaping materials of the classic English garden style.

“Trimmed evergreen hedges, box and yew topiaries surrounded by hardy perennials and small ornamental trees bring to life the extensive research that informed the Tudor theme of the new garden design.

“Shrubs and climbing roses add color and fragrance, with a few espaliered fruit trees set against the walls.”

Dunstable’s historic church seen through an imaginative display of flowers and shrubs Photo: John Chatterley

She added: “Behind the central terrace, an aged zinc water feature set in front of the preserved ancient Norman stone wall is surrounded by exotic herbs and herbaceous plants, gentle shrubs and stately yews.”


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