Joe Swift with Deputy Editor Kevin Smith

Photos and feedback – Meet Joe at Highgrove

Exclusive subscribers event, garden tour, dinner and talk from Joe Swift at Highgrove in September, 2018.

We invited BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine subscribers to join us for an exclusive special evening at the private home of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. Guests enjoyed a tour of the gardens, champagne and canapés, a pre-dinner talk from Joe Swift and a two-course meal served with Highgrove organic wines. Here are a selection of photographs from the event, and some thoughts from the guests…

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Highgrove Gardens

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Guests were taken on a tour of the gardens at Highgrove

Champagne and canapés with Joe Swift

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Joe talking with guests before giving pre-dinner talk

“We just wanted to thank all of the people involved as it was a truly superb event. From the organisation to the quality of the venue, the beautiful setting,and the superb service food and drink. Our Guide and Garden Tour were absolutely outstanding, and we have committed to returning at a different time of year, more than one visit is essential. We were able to spend time with Joe Swift prior to dinner which was an added bonus, as he was also on our table for dinner, following his excellent presentation. The food served was superb and the fillet of beef was cooked to perfection, as good as it gets. Overall in our book Highgrove is an absolute GEM and gets Ten out of Ten, and we will look out for future events.”

Joan and Norris Silk

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Guests enjoying pre-dinner Champagne

Highgrove event goody bag

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Joe Swift with the the goody bags provided to all guests

“Just to say how much my husband and I enjoyed the visit on Thursday 13th Sept. Everything was fabulous from the welcoming cuppa on arrival, the tour, the canapes and bubbly on return, Joe’s talk which was great fun and finally the 2 course dinner! So much wine too! It was also great to meet the Dep Editor of GW who joined us for part of the meal…….I have told so many people that they need to go to Highgrove so I hope there will be another GW trip soon.”

Charmian Marshall


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