Come and celebrate five years with us...

Come and celebrate five years with us...

Advanced tickets for
Powderham Castle
More fantastic speakers
lined up for 2018
VIP Treats...
Great garden
Returning to Forde Abbey
15th & 16th September 2018
More of the things you love

Celebrating Five Years of Toby’s Garden Festival! Friday 27th & Saturday 28th April 2018. This year is our fifth year of Toby’s Garden Festival and it’s going to be good ‘un!

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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. Tickets on sale from 1st March.

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Who’s speaking at our Powderham festival in 2018?

Coming up in April at Powderham Castle, we’re bringing you the cream of BBC gardening. As always, free for all ticket holders, we have Devon gardener and presenter Anne Swithinbank and allotment doctor, Terry Walton, from BBC Radio Two’s Jeremy Vine Show.

Anne, who has been a panellist on BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time for 24 years tops the speakers’ bill on Friday 27th April while organic gardener and author Terry has been allotment-growing for more than fifty years and will be sharing his knowledge of growing fruit and veg on Saturday 28th April.




Our Campaign to save the M5 Willow Man

In 2018 we’re launching a campaign to secure the future of the iconic M5 willow man who strides alongside the motorway near junction 23 at Bridgwater. Created by artist Serena de la Hey in 2000 as part of The Year of the Artist the willow man was conceived as a temporary structure and now nearly two decades on, it needs a complete rebuild as well as a fund for future maintenance.

For us, The Willow Man is a great West Country landmark, a symbol of arrival for both residents and holiday makers and if he is allowed to simply deteriorate and disappear it’d be huge loss to our landscape. We couldn’t bring the Willow Man to the festival so the next best thing was to ask Serena to make something for the fest to help raise awareness about the Willow Man’s plight.

Serena is creating a huge ‘Willow Wonder’ at the Garden Festival with help from artist Stefan Jennings and Toby himself, which will be located close to the Castle driveway near the entrance. Visitors will be able to add their own embellishments and support the fundraising.

Serena says, “Willow is an ephemeral material, and no-one realised The Willow Man would become a cherished part of the landscape – least of all me – so we have to do something soon or he will be lost.”

You can see The Wonder and meet Serena de la Hey at Toby’s Garden Festival on 27th and 28th April when she will be speaking to festival goers and encouraging visitors to add their own willow embellishments to support the fundraising. For more information,

Latest News

What’s on – Sow, Grow & Cook Tipi

April 20, 2018

Our second speaker zone this year is the new Sow, Grow & Cook Tipi. Located on the North Lawn of the Castle, overlooking the picturesque deer park and Exe estuary in the distance, this demo … Read more

Speaker Timetable Now Online

April 20, 2018

All the times for both days including Terry Walton, Anne Swithinbank, Serena de la Hey, Radio Devon’s Q&A and Toby in the Speakers Marquee on the Rose Lawn are now online here All the times … Read more

Free Seed from Candide

April 20, 2018

Candide is off to its first UK garden event this month with an exciting exhibit at the popular Toby’s Garden Festival in Exeter, Devon held on 27th/28th April 2018.  Throughout the festival, the Candide team … Read more

Anne Swithinbank Joins Us on Friday 27th

April 17, 2018

We are thrilled to announce Anne Swithinbank as our new Friday speaker! It seems especially fitting as we celebrate our fifth anniversary, as Anne was the first speaker at our first ever Garden Festival back … Read more

What’s On for Children & Family Fun

April 11, 2018

We have loads to inspire and entertain children and families this year, located all around the site and on both days of the festival. Our Curious Gardener Marquee returns along with CREST (Conservation Rural Skills … Read more

Can You Dig It? Glas-Denbury at the Fest

April 9, 2018

Two popular Devon festivals who only last year were competing for the same tourism prize have come together to create beautiful music in 2018! Glas-Denbury Music & Arts Festival are bringing some top tunes to … Read more