Category: Festival News

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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Flowers for Autumn

Choose the right plants for your garden and the Autumn show can be just as spectacular as the Summer performance, with coppery and russet tones that crackle and smoulder and provide colour right the way through until the first frosts. At our festival location of Forde Abbey, dahlias are a must-have and the Walled Kitchen …

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Cook with the Seasons

The Old Dairy Kitchen and Trill Farm Garden work together as two of the enterprises at Trill Farm, in Musbury, Devon. In tune with the seasons, chef Chris Onions looks to Ashley & Kate’s garden as the creative muse for his menus year-round. And with this bountiful summer, there is no end to their collaborations. …

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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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Get Juicing with Vigo

Vigo Presses, the well-known West Country makers of apple presses and cider-making kits are coming to Toby’s Harvest Festival, staging demonstrations to help you make the most of your autumn harvest. The team from the family-run business will be on the East Lawn at Forde Abbey, offering visitors the chance to try their apple crushers, …

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