See world's most beautiful gardens in photo exhibition at Lacock Abbey

Hydrangeas in my Garden by Andrzej Bochenski. One of the entries to the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition

My Garden Prairie by Rosanna Castrini. One of the entries to the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition

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This spring, visitors to Lacock Abbey can enjoy a walk through some of the world’s loveliest gardens, as a collection of winning images from the prestigious International Garden Photographer of the Year competition will be displayed in the Botanic Garden, from April 5 until May 22.

From close-up studies to panoramic views and from the quirky and amusing to pictures of serene stillness, these photographs reflect the everlasting appeal of the garden.

Categories include the Beauty of Plants, Wildlife in the Garden and Bountiful Earth among others.

Kristine Heuser, marketing and communications officer at Lacock, said: "Hosting the International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition is always a wonderful addition to our programme, especially as it is set outside, in our beautiful Botanic Garden.

"Our wonderful fragrant flower borders are coming into bloom, so the exhibition will be a delight for all the senses really."

Lacock Abbey is the birthplace of photography, as William Henry Fox Talbot invented and took the first photographic negative at this National Trust property, then his home.

He was also a keen botanist, and the Botanic Garden was one of his special places in the grounds.

Ms Heuser said: "It is amazing to think that without Fox Talbot, we might not even have photography as we know it now, including the images on show in the IGPOTY exhibition.

"Photography is very close to our heart, so we are delighted to have the exhibition back again this year."

International Garden Photographer of the Year is the world's premier competition and exhibition specialising in garden, plant, flower and botanical photography. 

It is run in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and the main exhibition is held annually at Kew, with a rolling programme of touring exhibitions, with Lacock Abbey being the first chance to see this special outdoor display.

This year’s exhibition features more than 30 images on show.

Keen photographers can improve their own skills with Philip Smith, founder and organiser of the competition, who will be visiting Lacock to hold a photography workshop on May 10.

It focuses on improving photography skills and learning about garden photography, from macro, depth of field, composition, digital processing and light and colour.

Suitable for all abilities, the day will focus on learning and discovering, rather than taking many pictures, and Philip will be available to answer any questions personally. Spaces are very limited.

The workshop runs for a whole day and includes lunch. The cost is £75 per person and booking is essential.

International Garden Photographer of the Year,  every day, 10.30am to 5.30pm in the Botanic Garden of Lacock Abbey.

Normal admission fees apply to the exhibition in the Botanic Garden with National Trust members and children under five admitted free.

The book a place on the Better plant and garden photography workshop on Saturday, May 10, 10am to 4pm, call 0844 249 1895 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock (booking fees apply).

Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock or call 01249 730459 for more information about Lacock Abbey.

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