Fun for All at Benmore’s Open Day
Fun for all the family will be on offer at Benmore Botanic Garden’s Open Day on Sunday, 10 June.
Attractions will include music by HMS Neptune Volunteer Band, a visit from the Garden’s own Green Fairy, Plant Sale and Craft Fair with a dozen local crafters who will be selling work including jewellery, soft furnishings, art in metal and hand-felted blankets. There will also be a cake and candy stall.
There will be free admission to the 120-acre Garden, near Dunoon, from 10am. The Open Day events kick off at 12 noon.
Garden Curator, Peter Baxter, said: “The annual Open Day gives people the chance to come and explore the Garden and enjoy the activities for free. This year’s programme includes something for all the family. Now all we need is warm, sunny weather to guarantee a good turnout on the day.’’
HMS Neptune Volunteer Band is the only one of its kind in Scotland. Based in the Naval Base Clyde, near Helensburgh, it started life as the Clyde Submarine Base Brass Band, but is now a military band and Big Band. The band currently consists of around 90% civilian and 10% Royal Navy personnel. The musicians vary in age from 14 to 80 years.
The primary function of the band is to provide musical support to the Clyde Naval Base but it does provide music to the wider community. Their performance at Benmore has been sponsored by Stewart’s Garage, Dunoon.
The sound of music will also be filling the Garden on Sunday, 17 June, when the Grazioso String Quartet will be playing at the Courtyard Gallery from 2.30pm. Garden admission applies.
Whilst visiting the Garden, don’t miss the chance to see In Search of the Blue Poppy, an exhibition featuring photographs from an expedition following in the footsteps of George Sherriff and Frank Ludlow into the mountains of Bhutan. The expedition was sponsored by the Scottish Rock Garden Club’s Exploration Fund.
The exhibition runs until Friday, 29 June. Garden admission applies.
For further information or images, please contact Sandra Donnelly on 0131 248 1037 or Shauna Hay on 0131 248 2900.