Blenheim Palace in Woodstock is currently closed to visitors due to the national coronavirus lockdown.

Thousands of people were able to enjoy the Christmas lights trail before the palace shut.

Now visitors will be hoping the palace and gardens will reopen soon.

Hilary Wood, head of gardens at Blenheim Palace

Hilary Wood, head of gardens at Blenheim Palace

The gardens in recent years have provided the perfect backdrop for an annual flower show.

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In 2018 the event returned for its sixth year running, with plants from cacti to cornflowers, and an impressive walk-through orchid tunnel.

Blenheim Palace Flower Show in 2018

Blenheim Palace Flower Show in 2018

“It is a celebration of all things gardening and plants in the wonderful surroundings of Blenheim Palace,” said show manager Mig Kimpton at the time.

Packed with flowers, plants and everything for your home and garden, the three-day event included flower displays, show gardens, expert advice, food and drink, shopping, live entertainment, plus some famous faces.

Officially opened by BBC plantswoman Carol Klein, the show gave visitors the chance to ask the horticultural expert for advice and tips during Q&A sessions in the Gardening Talks Theatre.

“Carol is a plant guru and we’re delighted to welcome her to this year’s show,” said Mr Kimpton.

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“She knows everything from one end of a plant to the other and the audience can ask her any question regarding plants – she’s extremely entertaining too.”

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace

The flower show is set within the Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site’s Capability Brown landscaped parkland and boasts formal gardens created over the centuries by esteemed garden designers such as Henry Wise and Achille Duchene.

The Grand Floral Pavilion formed the centrepiece of the show and featured the UK’s finest nurseries and growers, giving expert advice and gardening ideas, all competing to win the coveted Best in Show award.

Outside the pavilion was the brand new orchid tunnel, showcasing almost 1,000 exotic orchids from all over the world and a collection of tropical plants.

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“The orchid tunnel is brand new this year and is going to be 30ft long and 16ft wide,” Mr Kimpton added.

“It’s taken us three days to create the tunnel and will be a stunning addition to this year’s event.”

Mia Green playing at Blenheim Palace playground in 2016

Mia Green playing at Blenheim Palace playground in 2016

As well as the Grand Floral Pavilion, visitors were able to encounter show gardens, with individual designs from Bee’s Garden, Brannford Garden Makers and Bridewell Gardens, part of a mental health charity based in Chipping Norton.