At the annual QVC Customer Garden Party!


With Richard Jackson at the QVC Customer Garden Party!Hello!

It's all been about gardening this week, because I spent three days at the stunning Arley Hall in Cheshire with Richard Jackson and the QVC gardening team for our annual Customer Garden Party. What a great event!

Arley Hall is a stately home near Northwich which is still the family home of Viscount and Viscountess Ashbrook – in fact it has been in their family for over 500 years.

It has the most beautiful gardens with a double herbaceous border dating back to 1847 – thought to be the earliest established in the UK. 

Gorgeous gardens at Arley HallDespite on-and-off rain for the entire three days (don't you just love British summertime?!) our hundreds of guests enjoyed tours of the grounds followed by a fascinating talk by head gardener Gordon Baillie (previously gardener for pop star Sting!) and then our very own version of Gardeners' Question Time with Richard and some of our regular guest presenters.

There was also a scrumptious brunch during the morning sessions, and afternoon tea for the later sessions – as you can imagine, we didn't leave it all for the guests, we managed to nibble quite a lot ourselves!

One of the Q&A sessionsIt was fabulous to meet so many customers, and hearing of their QVC addiction! One lovely lady, Michelle, confessed to having 63 pairs of Birkenstocks, while I lost count of the number of Kipling handbags that were coming through the doors. All in all it was a fabulous three days, and very inspirational on the gardening front too!



Next week will be less about gardening and more about about cycling – my husband and I both have a couple of days off midweek so we are heading down to Cornwall to cycle the Camel Trail, which runs from Paidstow to Wenfordbridge and back again – a total of 36 miles.

I haven't been on my bike for a year, so I'm off now to dust off the cobwebs and give it a test run!

Have a fabulous week.

Love Jackie xx

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  1. Jean Pugh June 7, 2014 at 10:08 am -  Reply

    Hi Jackie,
    Sounds as if you had a great time at Arley Hall, I did have an invite but was unfortunately unable to make it. I imagine it was a beautiful place, with fantastic gardens.
    Best of luck on your cycle ride, let’s hope the weather is good, you won’t want it too hot.
    Take care and good cycling.
    Love Jean xx

  2. Jackie Kabler June 9, 2014 at 4:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jean,
    Oh what a shame, it would have been lovely to meet you! Looking forward to the cycle, will tell all in my next blog.
    Love Jackie x

  3. Glennis hunt June 11, 2014 at 10:44 am -  Reply

    Went to the garden party it was great and meet all the presenters and jackie is a lovely person to talk to hope I get another invite next year thank for a lovely day x

  4. Jackie Kabler June 12, 2014 at 7:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Glennis
    So glad you enjoyed it!
    Love Jackie xx

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