GARDENERS at Osborne House have just unveiled a new addition to the estate’s famous gardens.

Two decorative crowns, specially commissioned by English Heritage, have been installed as the centrepiece for a Jubilee bedding display in Osborne’s formal gardens.

The crowns have been created by local blacksmith Trevor Rann at The Forge, a firm of expert steel workers established in Whippingham nearly 100 years ago, which has supplied many pieces to the Osborne estate over the years. The look for the new crowns is based on the design of the St Edward’s Crown, used at the coronation of most English and British monarchs since the 1660s. At around four feet tall and set in large planted baskets, they will be an imposing and regal centrepiece on Osborne’s Upper Terrace.

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Always a treat for visitors, this summer’s bedding display will be more glorious than ever, with some special touches to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in bright colour schemes of patriotic red, white and blue and the vibrant red, blue and yellow of the Royal Standard.

Toby Beasley, Head Gardener at Osborne House commented: “”The Jubilee is an exciting time for the whole country, but it is particularly special here at Osborne House, home of Queen Victoria, the only other British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee.

“The Queen andPrince Albertwere enthusiastic and innovative gardeners and we are proud to be able to continue in that tradition by commissioning work from local craftsmen to complement the colourful planting on the terraces.”.

Visitors to Osborne House can see the summer planting at its exuberant best and celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in style this June at a spectacular party featuring dashing Indian Cavalry, graceful Victorian horsewomen, bold British Redcoats and a colourful array of fairground games and activities – as well as a royal visit from Queen Victoria herself.  This glittering tribute to our present monarch and her great, great grandmother runs from10am to 5pm on Sunday 3 to Tuesday 5 June. Normal admission prices apply of just £11.50 for adults, £10.40 for concessions, £6.90 for children, and £29.90 for a family ticket. English Heritage members free. Pre-booking is recommended – call 0870 333 1183 (Mon-Fri8.30am-5.30pm, Sat9am-5pm). Tickets will also be available to purchase at the event site on the day.


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