Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha has a very special guest speaker attending their annual Antique and Garden Show this weekend. Lady Fiona Carnarvon is the eighth and current countess of Highclere Castle in Hampshire, England, the setting for PBS Masterpiece series Downton Abbey.
Lady Carnavon will host an afternoon tea on Saturday during Lauritzen Garden’s annual Antique and Garden Show. She will talk about what it has been like opening her home to a film crew and for the public to tour. Lady Carnavon says there are between 200 and 300 rooms in the castle and she has been in all of them but more are found all the time.
Part of the history lesson Lady Carnavon plans to share is that of her husband’s great grandfather, the fifth Earl of Carnavon George Herbert. His partner was Howard Carter and in 1922 they discovered King Tut’s tomb. They also have an Egyptian exhibition inside the castle.
Lauritzen Garden’s Antique and Garden Show opens today and runs through Sunday. Details and ticket information is available at lauritzengardens.org.