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 Rachel de Thame, presenter on BBC Gardeners’ World since 1999 and allotment doctor, Terry Walton, from BBC Radio Two’s Jeremy Vine Show.

Rachel, whose design projects include the floral decorations for the Royal Barge which conveyed HM The Queen during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012, 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,

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Fermenting Veg

March 21, 2018

What is fermented veg and why are we being encouraged to eat it? How can we maximise health benefits of all the lovely vegetables we grow? Can they really improve our digestion by creating beneficial … Read more

Celebrating Five Years this April

March 21, 2018

The Garden Festival’s Creative Director Gabrielle Jackson takes a look back at the first five years… Flags are fluttering, “Cataclews” in their flowery hats are playing jaunty music, the Castle courtyard is crowded with amazing … Read more

Campaign to save the M5 Willow Man

March 16, 2018

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 … Read more

What’s on – Festival Highlights

March 14, 2018

BBC Radio Devon presenter Toby Buckland’s annual Garden Festival returns to Powderham Castle near Exeter for its fifth year this April, bringing with it a host of West Country flower growers, talented designers and makers, … Read more

If Pollen was the size of a Pumpkin…

March 9, 2018

Although usually too small to see with the naked eye, pollen grains are incredibly important providing the means for plants to reproduce themselves and food for insects. Pollen contains the male reproductive cells of flowering … Read more