Category: General

Fermenting Veg

What is fermented veg and why are we being encouraged to eat it? How can we maximise health benefits of all the lovely vegetables we grow? Can they really improve our digestion by creating beneficial enzymes, B-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids and assorted strains of probiotics? New research suggests that improved gut health means better sleep …

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Celebrating Five Years this April

The Garden Festival’s Creative Director Gabrielle Jackson takes a look back at the first five years… Flags are fluttering, “Cataclews” in their flowery hats are playing jaunty music, the Castle courtyard is crowded with amazing plants, delicious scent of coffee in the air…Toby and I are nervously waiting by the Castle gatehouse. It is 2 …

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Campaign to save the M5 Willow Man

In 2018 we’re launching a campaign to secure the future of the iconic M5 willow man who strides alongside the motorway near junction 23 at Bridgwater. Created by artist Serena de la Hey in 2000 as part of The Year of the Artist the willow man was conceived as a temporary structure and now nearly …

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What’s on – Festival Highlights

BBC Radio Devon presenter Toby Buckland’s annual Garden Festival returns to Powderham Castle near Exeter for its fifth year this April, bringing with it a host of West Country flower growers, talented designers and makers, local bakers and horticultural experts from the world of TV gardening. Located in and around the stunning deer park location …

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If Pollen was the size of a Pumpkin…

Although usually too small to see with the naked eye, pollen grains are incredibly important providing the means for plants to reproduce themselves and food for insects. Pollen contains the male reproductive cells of flowering plants and provide protein for the larvae of the many insects which convey them. As well as insects and mammals, …

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Coastal Recycling Launch New ‘Green’ Compost

Devon’s largest recycler of green materials, Coastal Recycling, is launching their new compost, Coastal Organics, at Toby’s Garden Festival on 27th and 28th April. The new compost is made entirely from garden waste sourced from the county’s household recycling centres. In a two-phase process that takes up to six months, gardeners’ unwanted grass clippings and …

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Calling all Artists! Pollinator Sculpture Award 2018

How Toby’s Garden Festival is sponsoring community art project TRAIL’s Pollinator Sculpture Award 2018 and how you can help reduce the use of plastic straws by Trail’s Rose Bailey TRAIL is having an exciting start to 2018 and this year’s Sculpture Trail and other environmental awareness activities, look to be bigger and better than ever! …

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How to Grow an Apple Tree

Did you know that apple trees aren’t grown from pips? Kevin Croucher, owner of the award-winning Devon tree nursery, Thornhayes, explains the art of apple tree grafting… If you were to sneak a peek in Kevin Croucher’s nursery fridge, instead of the usual pints of milk and veg in the crisper drawer, you’d find packs …

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Buy Early Bird and Save on Tickets

Early bird tickets are now on sale online, saving you up to 30% on the gate price! Adult, child and family tickets are all discounted now and are available for either Friday 27th April when BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Times panellist Anne Swithinbank is with us or Saturday 28th April when we are joined …

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