Powderham Castle

Toby’s GardenFest is back at Powderham Friday 28th and Saturday 29th April 2017

Toby’s popular Garden Festival is back for a fourth year in the beautiful setting of Powderham Castle near Exeter. This spring we’re thrilled to welcome as our experts Chelsea garden designer Adam Frost of BBC Gardeners’ World and pest guru Pippa Greenwood who will be giving talks and answering your garden questions. Packed with beautiful plants from more than 100 local nurseries, delicious West Country fayre, local musicians and entertainment for the whole family, it’s a great gardening day out.

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Forde Abbey

New for Autumn 2017! Toby’s Garden & Harvest Festival at Forde Abbey 16th & 17th September 

We are delighted to announce our new Garden & Harvest Fest in the beautiful grounds of Forde Abbey in Somerset. It’s set to be a weekend of autumnal gardening delights with gorgeous plants to buy from local nurseries, delicious food and entertainment for all the family. As well as celebrating the fruits of the season, you can join us for a free programme of garden demos in Forde Abbey’s stunning Kitchen Garden and talks from Toby and TV gardeners Christine Walkden and Charlie Dimmock. 

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Experience VIP treatment at Powderham Castle

Located at the heart of the Festival in the grounds of historic Powderham Castle, our new VIP Marquee offers you a unique place to relax with friends or family.  Take in stunning views across the Deer Park and River Exe whilst enjoying a complimentary glass of fizz and award-winning locally produced food from Manna from Devon. Enjoy exclusive cooking and gardening demo’s and mingle with other VIPs and celebrity speakers.

You get:

  • Entrance to the Garden Festival
  • All-day access to VIP Marquee
  • Coffee and Pastries On Arrival
  • Complimentary Glass of Fizz
  • Tea and Coffee, Soft Drinks
  • Canapes & Buffet from Manna from Devon
  • Meet and Greets with Toby and Celebrity Speakers
  • Exclusive Gardening and Cooking Demo’s
  • VIP Cloakroom and Toilets
  • Goody Bag

All for just £50!



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News and information

Garden Festival Named Amongst Best Garden Shows of 2017! March 20, 2017

  Toby’s Garden Festival at Powderham Castle has been named as one of ‘23 Best Garden Shows of 2017’ by The Sunday Telegraph. Writing in the British broadsheet on Sunday 12th March, garden writer Bunny Guinness placed Toby’s Garden Festival alongside RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Chaumont near Paris and the International Garden Festival in Berlin. … Read more

Bees: Moor than Meets the Eye March 15, 2017

“It’s an addiction,” says Dartmoor beekeeper Peter Hunt. “One I have had since I was 12 years-old. I really liked the beekeeper’s white suit and the veiled hat and helped out my friend’s dad as his “Smoker Boy”, an important role in beekeeping.” By the time he was in his teens Peter had his own … Read more

Live Music – Mark Barnwell March 14, 2017

We look forward to welcoming professional Spanish guitarist and composer Mark Barnwell to the GardenFest at Powderham on Saturday 29th. Mark who you’d have heard at the Festival if you’ve joined us before is based in South East Cornwall and is a dynamic live performer. Mark’s repertoire includes Latin, Flamenco, contemporary and World Fusion as well as traditional Spanish guitar … Read more

Fermenting Veg at the Festival March 14, 2017

Gardening often results in a glut of produce and your freezer might become full with your family and friends refusing to eat another beetroot or parsnip. If that happens Julie Harrison of Wonderful Fermented Vegetables suggests you try fermenting some of your veg. Fermenting is one of the ways we have preserved vegetables for hundreds … Read more

Learn Botanical Soap Making at Toby’s Garden & Harvest Fest March 9, 2017

Somerset soap makers, Emma Burlingham (pictured right) and Jess Evans will be joining us at Forde Abbey on 16th and 17th September to share the art of creating home-made soaps. Jess, head gardener at nearby Knightshayes and Emma, a forest school teacher, will share their knowledge of soap-making gleaned from their own experiences of setting up … Read more

Seedy Saturday- £10,000 Thompson & Morgan Seeds to Giveaway! March 3, 2017

Readers of Country Gardener magazine now have even more reason to want to get their hands on a copy and that’s to be part of our £10,000 Thompson & Morgan Seed Giveaway! The  April and May issues of the magazine contain a coupon giving readers who buy tickets to Toby’s Garden Festival on Saturday 29th April the chance to claim … Read more