New: Jam and Pickle Surgery

If you’ve ever got into a pickle while making preserves, or found yourself in a jam with your jams, help is at hand at Toby’s Garden & Harvest Festival! Amongst the many talented makers and producers at the show is Antonia Mottola, owner of Somerset-based jam producer Bunnies Love. Antonia is running a Pickle & …

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Savour the Local Flavours at the Fest

Foodies can look forward to a feast of flavours at Toby’s Garden & Harvest Fest this September. There’s a host of local artisan food and drink producers coming along to the fest at Forde Abbey, including jam, pickles and preserves, traditional loaves, wine, cider and gin makers, plus daily demo’s on how to cook, cure, smoke and ferment your harvest. You …

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Get Crafty at the Festival

Free your inner artist and join us for a Nature Craft workshop on 16th and 17th September at Forde Abbey and have a go at making fairy houses, magical boats and natural sculptures all fashioned from found and foraged materials from woodland, hedgerow and seashore. Run by Naomi Vincent of Devon-based NatureMake, sessions are aimed at children …

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Natural Dyes with Flora Arbuthnott

Flora Arbuthnott, printmaker, forager, and natural dyer joins us at Toby’s Garden & Harvest Festival to give a workshop on making natural dyes from plants. We asked Flora to tell us a little about herself and the art of natural dyeing: “I am inspired by wild plants and natural forms. Being in nature is an …

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Enter our Ready, Veggie Bake Competition!

 Do you cook a cracking courgette cake? Love baking with beetroot? Go potty for pumpkin pie? If you think you have what it takes to bake Britain’s Best Vegetable Cake, then the organisers of Toby’s Garden & Harvest Festival want to hear from you! Not only is baking cakes with vegetables a novel way to …

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Come Hug A Tree at Toby’s Garden & Harvest Fest

Devon nurseryman Kevin Croucher from Thornhayes Nursery looks ahead to his Tree Tours at Toby’s Garden & Harvest Festival at Forde Abbey’s this September: If you go to a large country estate in Britain, you will find woodland and hedgerow trees, but also generally a park and an arboretum, where various generations have collected or …

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Forde Abbey: “One of the Great Gardens”

Paul Webb, a former National Trust head gardener, returns to Forde Abbey gardens after fifteen years and remembers why he rates it as a great garden. I guess all us head gardeners have our own ideas about what makes a great garden. Yes, on one level it is about the quality and pedigree of the …

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Win a Glass of Champagne with Charlie & Christine!

Toby  is giving two lucky visitors to his new Garden & Harvest Festival the chance to enjoy a glass of fizz with the Festival’s celebrity speakers, Charlie Dimmock and Christine Walkden. Everyone who purchases a VIP ticket online in the run-up to the Festival is being entered in a prize draw to meet the celebrities …

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