Garden festival moves to rose society garden

The International Festival of Gardens at Westonbirt, which ended in 2004, will return as Future Gardens at the Royal National Rose Society (RNRS) gardens in St Albans.

Creative director Therese Lang said: "I'm thrilled this is happening again ... it's needed for designers. It's exciting because there is a designer brief on sustainability and no other garden festival has done that yet. It will be more popularist and not so intellectual."

She added: "There's a huge amount of money behind it from a private investor and a huge bank."

Lang said a proposed revival of the Westonbirt event in Northamptonshire fell down 18 months ago due to a lack of facilities.

Property developer Clive Farrell, who bought 11ha of the RNRS garden in 2003, is to set up Butterfly World on the site. Lang said: "In 2010, the ring of gardens will turn into a rainforest dome full of butterflies. Then Future Gardens becomes part of Butterfly World."

Designs are being sought for 12 garden sites at the show. A bursary scheme offers designers a maximum budget of £25,000 to cover construction and materials.

The deadline for submissions for the 2009 event is 14 July 2008.

Call 01373 812223 for details.


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