Category: Celebrity Speakers

2019 Speakers Announced

It’s a Gardener’s World for us as we’re joined by some famous names from TV gardening with popular garden designer Joe Swift and Frances Tophill confirmed as speakers for 2019. Joe Swift has presented on Gardeners’ World since the late 1990’s and has fronted numerous TV shows including Open Gardens, Small Town Gardens, Garden Makers …

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What’s On, Which Day

Here’s a preview of who is speaking on Saturday and Sunday, plus all the confirmed demo’s and workshops at Toby’s Harvest Festival on 15th and 16th September at Forde Abbey: Saturday 15th September Matt Biggs – Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time panellist Matt will be chatting to Toby in the Great Hall about growing veg …

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Join our Photography Workshop

With a warm orangey hue in the evenings, the Autumn can be the best time of year to capture the essence of your garden behind a lens. But knowing how to, can sometimes prove elusive. Award-winning photographer Andrew Maybury will be leading taster garden-photography workshops at Toby’s Harvest Festival at Forde Abbey on 15th and …

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Meet ‘Boycie’ at Toby’s Harvest Festival

John Challis, the actor best known for playing Boycie in Only Fools & Horses, is coming to Chard this September to speak at TV gardener Toby Buckland’s Harvest Festival. Bristol-born Challis, whose mother came from Bath, takes to the stage in Forde Abbey’s magnificent Great Hall to share the trials and tribulations of restoring an …

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How to Make a Meadow

Create a patchwork of colour through the summer months with a wildlife-friendly flower meadow that will provide a haven for butterflies, bugs and bees. The wildflower swirls at Forde Abbey are the perfect first step for inspiration in September, and Paul Jupp from Meadow in My Garden, will be on hand and giving talks in …

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What’s on in the Demo Tipi

We have an exciting line-up of talented West Country artisans, growers and experts lined up to speak in the Demo Tipi at our second Harvest Festival this September, plus two days of talks and tours in the Kitchen Garden and around Forde Abbey’s stunning grounds. Forde Abbey’s new head gardener, Josh Sparkes, is sharing advice …

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Learn the Recipe for Soil Health

Soil, the backbone to any garden and the key ingredient that will either help or hinder your chances of achieving crop after bumper crop of flowers and vegetables. Fresh from his travels in America researching pioneering and innovative ideas surrounding soil management, Joshua Sparkes, the new head gardener at Forde Abbey will be sharing his …

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Anne Swithinbank Joins Us on Friday 27th

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 in 2012. Anne who is well known to fans of the long-running Radio 4 programme Gardeners’ Question Time, started growing …

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