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Hanami at Brogdale

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Hanami Festival – New Date
Saturday 21 April 2018

The weather here in the south east has been unseasonably cold and wet.
We have reviewed the orchards and the wet weather has delayed the blossom display and left the ground very soggy. We are concerned for safety issues and the quality of event we can deliver.

Brogdale’s Hanami festival has been postponed for one week to Saturday 21st April 2018 

The decision has not been made lightly, but we feel it would be the best course of action.
We hope you will understand our position and be able to join us when the spectacular display will be in full bloom.

Hanami Festival will take place on Saturday 21 April 2018

All tickets and passes valid for Saturday 14th April will still be valid on Saturday 21st April.
If you cannot attend this date and have purchased an advance ticket we will be more than happy to offer you a full refund. Please send you’re booking reference details to orders@brogdalecollections.org

Take a look at what you can enjoy at Hanami Festival below…

Hanami Festival at Brogdale – 21 April 2018

As one of the few places in the UK to celebrate the Japanese tradition Hanami, with over 4000 varieties of flowering fruit trees, Brogdale really does have a sight to see!

Join in the cherry blossom celebrations at Brogdale with a packed day out plus your chance to picnic under the beautiful blossom. Discover the traditions of Japan with live tea ceremony demonstrations, have a go at origami, learn about bonsai, try your hand at traditional calligraphy and watch the oriental kites sore in the sky.

Taste Japan with sushi making demonstrations and the Japanese tuck shop where you can top up your picnic with yummy Japanese treats.

Try on a kimono, discover Japanese art & culture, learn to make sushi and watch the amazing Japanese drumming and sword displays plus so much more.

Find out more HERE>>

Book now discount tickets!

Apples in the National Fruit Collection – Howgate Wonder

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Apples in the National Fruit Collection – Howgate Wonder

The National Fruit collection at Brogdale is home to over 2,000 apple varieties just waiting to be discovered.

The Howgate Wonder is a cross between Blenheim Orange and Newton Wonder. It was first grown in 1916 at Howgate Lane in Bembridge on the Isle of Wight. The tree was bred by Mr George Wratten who took 2 grafts, one of which received the RHS award of merit in 1929. The tree was introduced to the National Fruit Collection in 1932 by Stuart Low Co.

Howgate Wonder is a easy to grow and produces good crops of large sharp-flavoured cooking apples. The flavour has plenty of tangy acidity, but it is not quite as sharp as a Bramley. When cooked it produces an attractive lumpy puree, and it can also be used for juicing. If you like an acidic apple Howgate Wonder can also be eaten fresh. The apples can be stored in a cold shed and will keep until the following spring.

With so many varieties unlike anything you will find in your regular supermarket, the fruit filled orchards are a must see! Discover more on a guided tour of the orchards with our expert knowledgeable guides. Join one of the 3 times a day tours (11am, 1pm & 2:30) until the end of October. FIND OUT MORE HERE…

Apples in space!

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Apples in space!

Did you know Brogdale apples have been to space!

Newton apple seeds from The National Fruit Collection at Brogdale took to the stars in 1969 on the famous Apollo 10 mission.

Apollo 10 was the fourth manned mission in the United States Apollo space program, and the second (after Apollo 8) to orbit the Moon. Launched on May 18, 1969, it was the F mission: a “dress rehearsal” for the first Moon landing, testing all of the components and procedures, just short of actually landing

The Newton apple seeds were aboard the prestigious Apollo 10 mission with astronuts Thomas P Stafford, Eugene Cernan and John Young. The package of seeds reach within 9 miles of the moons lunar surface and were noted to have begun to sprout.

Want to discover more about our famous apples?

Come along to the National Apple Festival this 14th & 15 October GET YOUR TICKETS HERE