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Early Bird tickets on sale for
Forde Abbey 15th & 16th September
More fantastic speakers
lined up for 2018
Great garden

Returning to Forde Abbey in 2018 – Toby’s Harvest Festival. After a successful first year in September 2017, we can’t wait to do it all again!  Join us on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September.

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SUCCESS! Our fifth year of Toby’s Garden Festival was so much fun! Look out for the dates for next year’s event – early bird tickets will be on sale towards the end of the year.

Take a look at who got involved in 2018…

Who’s speaking at Forde Abbey in 2018?

Coming up in September we are welcoming some fabulous garden speakers and experts! We’re delighted that actor John Challis, better known as Boycie from Only Fools & Horses was so popular with Powderham visitors we have lured him back to be with us at Forde Abbey, plus we have the wonderful Alys Fowler, RHS judge Jim Buttress, Matt Biggs of Gardeners’ Question Time fame and… drum roll…. the Blue Peter Gardener!

Plus the demo tipi makes welcome comeback with NEW workshops on paper-flower making with Wildhive’s Bee Watson, photography lessons with Andrew Maybury, tree talks from Kevin Croucher of Thornhayes Nursery plus all the favourites from last year – cider-drinking, apple-pressing, basket-weaving and much more to be announced in the coming months




Don’t miss our Harvest Festival at Forde Abbey on 15th and 16th September! We have so much going on both days guaranteed to entertain young and old. Popular workshops from 2018 return including scything, meadow-making, willow-weaving, circus skills and tree tours, along with the vintage Massey tractors and the charming Pomona apple press where you can bring your own apples for juicing.

NEW for 2018, we have Lillie O’Brien from London Borough of Jam joining us in the Demo Tipi on Saturday to demystify the art of making preserves while on Sunday 16th Alex Metcalf, aka the Tree Listener, will be hooking up to one of Forde’s magnificent trees with his sensitive microphones so we can hear the inner rumblings of the xylem and phloem – the very life of the tree – at work.

Award-winning photographer Andrew Maybury is leading hour-long photography workshops both days or if you fancy a meditative moment, head to The Knitting Tent where you learn how to knit and crochet or sit down with WildHive and make a beautiful flower from paper. In the Demo Tipi, we have demo’s on flower-farming, weeds you can eat and making the most of your veg crops, wreath-making, and on the Top Lawn Serena de la Hey’s amazing willow head, designed to raise awareness about the M5 Willow Man will be on display – step inside and enjoy the view!

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Highlights 2018

Latest News

Cook with the Seasons

August 3, 2018

The Old Dairy Kitchen and Trill Farm Garden work together as two of the enterprises at Trill Farm, in Musbury, Devon. In tune with the seasons, chef Chris Onions looks to Ashley & Kate’s garden … Read more

Eat Your Enemies!

August 3, 2018

Call them what you will – plants in the wrong place or plants that haven’t been planted – weeds are something that most gardeners will have had to deal with at some point. It’s always … Read more

What’s On, Which Day

August 3, 2018

Here’s a preview of who is speaking on Saturday and Sunday, plus all the confirmed demo’s and workshops at Toby’s Harvest Festival on 15th and 16th September at Forde Abbey: Saturday 15th September Matt Biggs … Read more

Back to School for Grown-Ups!

August 2, 2018

September is all about back-to-school but there’s no reason why the grown-ups can’t get stuck in and learn something new! At Toby’s Harvest Festival at Forde Abbey on 15th and 16th September there are oodles … Read more

Artisan Charcuterie in the Demo Tipi

July 31, 2018

Thin slivers of salami and coppa are a regular feature on the menu in Forde Abbey’s supper clubs – hand-reared and home-cured by local chef Ed Versluys from Mello View, who will be sharing his … Read more

Listen to the Trees!

July 31, 2018

On Sunday 16th September Alex Metcalf, aka the Tree Listener, as seen on BBC One’s My Passion for Trees with Judi Dench, will be at TV gardener Toby Buckland’s Harvest Festival at Forde Abbey, Chard … Read more