Scotland’s Daffodil Festival on the 11th & 12th April 2020

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Scotland’s National Daffodil Festival 11th & 12th April 2020

Bigger and Better for 2020 | RHS Bulb Committee Speakers

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See some of the first daffodil cultivars ever created in the UK from the Wordsworth style daffodils by our Backhouse family ancestors.

Find a unique National Daffodil Collection and take a walk through time to see the development of Daffodils in the UK within a beautifully restored Walled Garden and Grounds.

Enjoy: thousands of different historic, modern and scented Daffodils growing with Spring Flowers around the Estate.

  • Walled Garden with themes of Art and Science
  • Woodland Daffodil Walk to a ruined Covenanter’s tomb
  • Infant’s Bear Walk
  • ‘Backhouse Masters 9 Hole Putting Championship’ playing for the Backhouse Trophy’
  • Fun Garden Fete
  • Prize winning Daffodil displays sent by the finest growers from the four corners of the UK

Visit:

  • Festival Café
  • Local Stalls
  • Plant Sales
  • Chocolate Easter Egg Hunt
  • Backhouse Heritage and Education Centre
  • Rare books on Narcissus and their history

Special Guests for 2020: the RHS Bulb Committee Experts host Q&As and deliver fascinating talks.

Advance Booking: Expert Talks, Garden Tours and Tee Times are included with your Festival Ticket

  • Expert Talks
  • Garden Tours
  • Tee Times for the ‘Backhouse Masters 9 Hole Putting Championship’
  • Festival Tickets will be available all day over the Festival Weekend but please bear in mind your preferred Talks and Tour times may be fully booked, contact: 0844 414 5803 or info@backhouserossie.co.uk
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Book your Expert Talks, Garden Tours and Tee Time (included with your festival ticket)

Step 1 – book your Festival ticket at Eventbrite or contact us: info@backhouserossie.co.uk / 0844 414 5803

Step 2 – choose your Expert Talks, Garden Tour and Tees Times then contact us to secure your place – places limited.

*Festival Tickets will be available all day on the door, over the Festival Weekend, please bear in mind your preferred Expert Talks, Garden Tour and Tee times may be fully booked.

Saturday 11th April

10.45: Talk 1

Teresa Clements: Chairwoman of The RHS Bulb Committee. Tulips from their origins in the mountains of Central Asia to how we can provide the best conditions for successfully growing them in our gardens today.

11.45: Talk 2

Jan S. Pennings: Former Chairman of The RHS Bulb Committee and Alan Shipp Long standing member The RHS Bulb Committee, National Collection holder of Hyacinths. A Story by Jan Pennings Chelsea Gold medal winner on how to grow Hyacinths including multiplying, temperature control and forcing Hyacinths for the home. 15/20 minutes, Alan Ship continues the story telling visitors about the history of Hyacinths, special varieties and rare historic early varieties from his National Collection of Hyacinths.

12.45: Talk 3

Q&A with the RHS

13.45: Talk 4

Caroline & Andrew Thomson: of Backhouse Rossie Estate. A talk on the Development of the Estate and National Collection of Backhouse Narcissus.

14.45: Talk 5

John Gibson: Vice Chairman of The RHS Bulb Committee. The Development of Hybrid Daffodils. Beginning with a brief overview of the genus, the illustrated programme explores milestones in the development of Hybrid Daffodils, though the early history of hybridising up to the present day. Covering some of the practical and logistical challenges he encountered and others may experience along the way.

15.45: Talk 6

Informal Q&A at RHS Stand

Sunday 12th April
10.45: Talk 1Teresa Clements: Chairwoman of The RHS Bulb Committee. Tulips from their origins in the mountains of Central Asia to how we can provide the best conditions for successfully growing them in our gardens today.
11.45: Talk 2John Gibson: Vice Chairman of The RHS Bulb Committee. The Development of Hybrid Daffodils. Beginning with a brief overview of the genus, the illustrated programme explores milestones in the development of Hybrid Daffodils, though the early history of hybridising up to the present day. Covering some of the practical and logistical challenges he encountered and others may experience along the way.
12.45: Talk 3Jan S. Pennings: Former Chairman of The RHS Bulb Committee and Alan Shipp Long standing member The RHS Bulb Committee, National Collection holder of Hyacinths. A Story by Jan Pennings Chelsea Gold medal winner on how to grow Hyacinths including multiplying, temperature control and forcing Hyacinths for the home. 15/20 minutes, Alan Ship continues the story telling visitors about the history of Hyacinths, special varieties and rare historic early varieties from his National Collection of Hyacinths.
13.45: Talk 4Caroline & Andrew Thomson: of Backhouse Rossie Estate. A talk on the Development of the Estate and National Collection of Backhouse Narcissus.
14.45: Talk 5Ian Christie: The Royal Horticultural Society, Joint Rock Garden Plant Committee, Alpine Plant Specialist; Christie’s Nursery; Snowdrop Collection.  A Talk on; Spring Flowering Plants & Bulbs.
15.45: Talk 6Christopher Trotter: Fife’s Food Ambassador. Seasonal Recipes.

Royal Horticultural Society Bulb Committee Speakers: Mini Biography & Talk Title

Teresa Clements: Chairwoman of The Royal Horticultural Society Bulb Committee

Former Honourable Secretary of the Wakefield and North of England Tulip Society for over ten years and now Chair of the RHS Bulb Committee. Her main interest is in growing and exhibiting tulips and she has a specialist interest in Florists’ tulips.

Talk: Teresa’s talk will be about tulips, from their origins in the mountains of Central Asia to how we can provide the best conditions for successfully growing them in our gardens today.

Jan S. Pennings: Former Chairman of The Royal Horticultural Society Bulb Committee (2014 -2019)

Jan was born and grew up between the flower bulbs in the Netherlands. For 15 years he displayed Hyacinths at Chelsea Flower Show winning many Gold medals. After working in his family business, he started his own nursery 40 years ago. 10 years ago, the nursery was taken over by his son and son in law. Now retired, but still very much involved in the bulb industry. The nursery is very well known for new varieties and growing best quality bulbs on the family 150-acre site. Flower bulbs include Hyacinths, Tulips, Crocus, and Zantedeschia. Jan has done a lot of work with different organisations including the KAVB; the growers organisation in Holland. He was for many years, Vice Chair’ and Chairman of the Daffodil group of the KAVB and was a judge at the important shows in the Netherlands. For 10 years he was Vice-chairman of the famous Keukenhof Spring Show, in Lisse as representative of the Bulb Industry and for the last 6 years he was Chairman of the RHS Bulb committee. Jan loves to travel and has visited all the main Daffodil breeders in the world. At the moment, he is involved with a Daffodil project in China and is a Board member of the American Daffodil Society.

Talk: A Story by Jan Pennings Chelsea Gold medal winner on how to grow Hyacinths including multiplying, temperature control and forcing Hyacinths for the home. 15/20 minutes, Alan Ship continues the story telling visitors about the history of Hyacinths, special varieties and rare historic early varieties from his National Collection of Hyacinths.

Q&A: ‘Spring Bulbs’ duration 45 minutes with international Bulb expert Jan Pennings from the Netherlands and the knowledgeable National Collection Holder, Alan Ship.

Alan Shipp: Long standing member The Royal Horticultural Society Bulb Committee, National Collection holder of Hyacinths.

Alan is the third generation of market gardeners and farmers, his grandfather reputedly started in 1882 at the age of 16 by winning a pony in a raffle, borrowing a cart and harness and then going around door to door selling vegetables. This was followed by him growing his own supplies, During Alan’s father’s time this evolved into a lorry, later two, supplying wholesale to shops. Arable farming accompanied the vegetable enterprise.  During the 1980s and onwards the whole concept of vegetable production and distribution changed, and the vegetable enterprise ceased trading. In 1985 he started growing hyacinths, the land, whilst good for the bulbs was not fully compatible with mechanisation so when he acquired the nucleus of his hyacinth collection, he withdrew to the specialist niche varieties market.

Talk: The history of Hyacinths, special varieties, rare very old varieties and an insight into the treasures grown in his National Collection of Hyacinths.

Q&A: with Jan Pennings 45 minutes.

John Gibson: Vice Chairman of The Royal Horticulture Society Bulb Committee

John travels widely giving talks to horticultural societies and other groups. He is a Royal Horticultural Society and Daffodil Society speaker and judge. A vice chairman of The Royal Horticultural Societies Bulb Committee, John has been growing and hybridising daffodils for over thirty-five years and has recently retired from running a mail order business selling specialist daffodil bulbs, hyacinths and tulips.

Talk: The Development of Hybrid Daffodils. Beginning with a brief overview of the genus, the illustrated programme explores milestones in the development of Hybrid Daffodils, though the early history of hybridising up to the present day. Covering some of the practical and logistical challenges he encountered and others may experience along the way.

All the fun of a Garden Fete