Category: General

New: Grow Your Own British Flowers with Toby’s Garden & Harvest Fest

We are delighted to announce our new flower farming demo’s at Toby’s Garden & Harvest Festival at Forde Abbey on 16th and 17th September with Grace Alexander Flowers.   Grace Alexander is a psychologist and Somerset flower farmer and describes herself as “committed to growing happiness, one packet of British flower seed at a time”. Grace grows …

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Doors Open 10am!

Doors are open for the Festival from 10am to 5pm both days! We are thrilled to have Charlie and AJ, the Earl and Countess of Devon, cutting the ribbon at 10am on Friday with Toby and Pippa Greenwood leading the countdown. Be sure to arrive in good time to enjoy the fun! Just a reminder the …

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New – Powderkeg’s Devon Bar at the Fest!

  Another first for Toby’s Garden Festivals – Powderkeg’s Devonly Social Bar. Selling only those drinks brewed, distilled, fermented, produced within the county, this is the ultimate Devon drinking experience! Devon now produces a wonderful range of award winning drinks and leading the way in the botanical sense are Devon gins – from Devon Distilleries …

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What’s New in the Artisan Marquee

From her workshop on the Devon/Cornwall border Gill Dubey of Potting Shed Ceramics combines her two loves, ceramics and gardening. Many years ago Gill studied ceramics at Ravensbourne College of Art & Design, near London and her life’s journey has now found her working as a gardener for several customers in the West Country as well as …

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Garden Festival Named Amongst Best Garden Shows of 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. …

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Bees: Moor than Meets the Eye

“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 …

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Live Music – Mark Barnwell

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 …

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Fermenting Veg at the Festival

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 …

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