Forde Abbey


Forde Abbey is the perfect place to celebrate the harvest with its abundant Walled Garden and dahlia-filled borders. After a successful first year in September 2017, we can’t wait to do it all again! Join us for celebrity garden talks in the magnificent Great Hall, harvest-themed workshops in the Demo Teepee on everything you can make and do with your crops. Plus we will be repeating our popular tours of Forde’s garden and for the children, the Higher Beings circus skills will be back along with the Pomona Apple Press. Don’t forget to bring your windfalls for pressing!

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Powderham Castle

Celebrating Five Years of Toby’s Garden Festival! Dates to be announced shortly!

This year is our fifth year of Toby’s Garden Festival and it’s going to be good ‘un! What better way to put a spring into your step and your garden than joining us at Powderham to see over 150 exhibitors, offering quality plants from award-winning nurseries, unique West Country craft, artisan food and drink along with live music and fun family entertainment, all in the fabulous grounds and interior of Powderham Castle. We look forward to welcoming you!

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A Bumper Harvest for Toby’s First Garden Fest at Forde Abbey! September 18, 2017

Toby and Charlie Dimmock open the Harvest Festival at Forde Abbey The crowds and the sun came out last weekend for TV gardener Toby Buckland’s first Garden & Harvest Festival at Forde Abbey, near Chard in Somerset. The ancient abbey played host to more than 4000 visitors who came to enjoy over 150 plant nurseries … Read more

A Feast of Flowers at the Fest September 12, 2017

More than 75 nurseries and garden-related exhibitors are heading to Toby’s Garden & Harvest Festival and the stunning grounds of Forde Abbey this weekend, for two days of top-notch plant and garden shopping. Award-winning nurseries including Pheasant Acre, Heucheraholics, Tynings Climbers, Kelnan Plants and Floyds Climbers can all be found selling seasonal plants on the Lower Lawn and … Read more

What’s on when? September 8, 2017

There are tons of talks, demos and tours happening at the festival next weekend, Saturday and Sunday, 16th and 17th September at Forde Abbey. See below for details. Not got your tickets yet? Advanced tickets are still available for just £10 here

An Apple a Day… August 30, 2017

There’s a bumper apple crop of apples at our Harvest Fest at Forde Abbey this September, featuring in apple-pressing, cider-making and apple idents, apple juice and apple-based delicacies. The Pomona Press (pictured) is here both days, making juice you can buy and can take home. You can even bring your own apples in and get them … Read more

Topiary Trimming Demos with Jake Hobson August 19, 2017

Jake Hobson, founder of Niwaki, Dorset importer of tripod ladders and fine pruning tools from Japan, is joining us at Forde Abbey to demonstrate topiary trimming. Jake, who trained as a sculptor at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, now creates living sculpture from plants and favours a style of more natural style of … Read more

Fermented Vegetables – A Great Way to Preserve Veg and Kill a Sweet Tooth? August 14, 2017

The latest trend for fermenting vegetables may be more than just a good way to keep them fresh and full of nutrients. According to Somerset-based tutor and fermenting advisor  to Radio 4’s The Archers, Katie Venner of Tracebridge Sourdough in Wellington, it may also be the best way to cut down on sugar. “Anecdotal evidence from friends and … Read more