Published: 16/04/2017 15:00 - Updated: 14/04/2017 11:06

Experts lined up for trailblazing Inverewe Garden flower festival week

Dr Chris Clennett: Author of The Genus of Erythronium
Dr Chris Clennett: Author of The Genus of Erythronium

A WESTER Ross attraction voted UK Garden of the Year is set to welcome globally renowned green-fingered gurus to showcase just why it’s considered so special.

The line-up for the first NTS Inverewe Erythronium Festival is headed up by Jacqui Pestell, director of botanical illustration at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh.

Leading botanical illustrator, Jacqui Pestell MBE
Leading botanical illustrator, Jacqui Pestell MBE

She is exhibiting her work at Inverewe’s Sawyer Gallery from Easter Sunday.

Her inspiration, leadership and skill have been credited with playing a key role in maintaining Scotland’s remarkable standard of botanical art.

Jacqui and her colleague Sarah Roberts will be running a Botanical Illustration Workshop at Inverewe House from Friday to Sunday, April 21-23.

On Easter Monday, leading cultivation expert Ian Young, an active member of the Scottish Rock Garden Club, will be on hand to lead a walk and talk starting at 2pm at Osgood’s Café.

The world expert and author of the book The Genus of Erythronium, Dr Chris Clennett, from Royal Botanic Garden Kew, will lead a walk and talk on Friday, April 21 at 2pm.

Head gardener Kevin Ball said: “This is a great opportunity to meet some of the world’s leading experts on the genus of Erythronium. These dainty bell shaped flowers are rarely, if ever, seen in the UK in such profusion as they are here at Inverewe so this is a fitting place to hold the very first festival.

“It is wonderful spectacle to witness –  the ‘dog tooth violet’ –  clothing the woodland garden floor. It is starting to burst into bloom and it looks like being a superb Easter display.

The wonderful Erythronium flowers at Inverewe will be in full bloom over Easter
The wonderful Erythronium flowers at Inverewe will be in full bloom over Easter

“The garden team will be on hand to guide visitors to the best flowering spots and answer any questions you may have. Please take time to look at our specialist Erythronium plant sale, available only during festival week.”

Kevin will also be leading a guided woodland walk on Wednesday, April 19 at 2pm focussing on this very special genus.

Information about all the Inverewe events can be found at www.nts.org.uk/Inverewe or by emailing hfarquhar@nts.org.uk.

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