Blenheim Hits Fruit Jackpot at RHS Harvest Festival Show

By Sarah Edwards at

Blenheim Palace had a highly fruitful visit to the recent Royal Horticultural Society’s Harvest Festival Show.

Head Gardener, Hilary Wood, took a selection of fruits produced in the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough’s private kitchen garden to the October show for judging.

The family-friendly show offered autumnal ideas for a productive garden took place at the RHS Lindley Hall and showcased a host of seasonal talks, inspiring displays, competitions and more.

Visitors saw competitors go head to head to in a huge variety of categories including the biggest pumpkin and heard specialist advice from the RHS Fruit Group and National Vegetable Society for growing their favourite edibles.

Blenheim took first place for four of its entries into the ‘Apple Category’; winning with the Blenheim Orange Large Fruit, Laxtons Fortune, Lord Lambourne and Bramley Seedings.

The Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage site’s ancient grapevines also won silver in the Double and Single Black, Madresfield Court and bronze in the Double and Single White Muscat of Alexandria.

Hilary Wood, Head of Gardens at Blenheim Palace, said: “We were delighted with the success of our apples, grapes and pears at the recent RHS Festival. We produce fruit from heritage varietals which have been cultivated by gardeners at Blenheim Palace for centuries.”