Come and celebrate five years with us...

Thanks for celebrating five years with us... We had a great time!

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.

Early Bird tickets ON SALE NOW!

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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




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 created a huge ‘Willow Wonder’ at the Garden Festival with help from artist Stefan Jennings and Toby himself, located in the Deer Park.

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.”

For more information,

Latest News

Vote for Toby’s Garden Festival!

May 4, 2018

  Toby’s Garden Harvest Festival is in the running to win the “UK’s Favourite Flower and Garden Show” award! Toby’s Garden Harvest Festival has been chosen by the UK’s leading holiday rentals site (owned … Read more

Festival Round-up – Floral Fun at the Fest!

May 3, 2018

It was fun and games and dancing in the rain on Friday 27th April at Toby’s Garden Festival at Powderham Castle at Kenton near Exeter! Children from the local primary school cut the ribbon, ably … Read more

Sallerton Wood – Pioneering Traditional Woodworking

April 24, 2018

In these days of power tools and mass production one Devon business continues to pioneer traditional hand tool methods of makings things. Sallerton Wood is 10 acres of beautiful mixed deciduous woodland with a stream … Read more

What’s On in the Tea Tent

April 23, 2018

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