Get Practical with our Festival Experts

Throughout the Festival, we have hands-on practical demonstrations running in the beautiful Walled Kitchen Garden at Forde Abbey. Covering a range of what-to-do-now topics, our experts will show you how to do all those essential autumn jobs, whether it’s propagating, dealing with perennials, or planting bulbs. We will be posting a timetable of demo’s nearer the time or see the Festival brochure for more details. It’s very informal – demo’s are free and no booking is needed, just turn up.

More about the Kitchen Garden

Dating back to the 19th century, the Kitchen Garden is the working part of the garden situated behind the house, a series of rectangular beds bisected by paths and edged on one side by lean-to greenhouses. At this time of year, the Kitchen Garden is replete with cut flowers and vegetables, including dahlias, cosmos and marigolds in full bloom, with ripening pumpkins, cabbages, kale and blocks of sweetcorn. In the adjacent greenhouses there are grapevines dripping with bunches of grapes. Today the kitchen garden produces enough fruit, vegetables and flowers for use in the house and tearoom for much of the year. From here you can access the shop and Forde’s lovely Plant Centre.