Category: General

Exhibitor Applications Now Open for 2018!

We are now accepting applications from exhibitors for our Garden Festival at Powderham Castle 2018. Please get your applications in as soon as possible as space is limited! While we consider every application, we look for quality home-grown plants and unique products and, as we aim to get better rather than bigger every year, once …

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Dates Announced for 2018!

Winter may be on its way but gardeners need not despair! Plantsman Toby Buckland has just announced the 2018 dates for his perennially popular Garden Festival early next spring. Returning for a fifth year, the two-day gardening fiesta will be on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th April 2018. Held in the stunning riverside location of …

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A Feast of Flowers at the Fest

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 …

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What’s on when?

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

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An Apple a Day…

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 …

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Topiary Trimming Demos with Jake Hobson

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 …

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Smoke, Cure and Pickle…with Toby’s GardenFest

The Pig near Bath chef Kamil Oseka grew up in a culinary family in Poland. Often cooking at night to avoid attention from Communist police, he learned many skills of preserving and pickling. Whole pigs were purchased and cooked, preserved or smoked in various manners to last as long as possible. Living on his grandparents small …

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