Win Free Tickets with BBC Radio Devon!

BBC Radio Devon are broadcasting live from Toby Buckland’s annual Garden Festival at Powderham Castle on Friday 27th April. Gardeners can tune in to David FitzGerald’s morning show on 103.4FM to hear the traditional 10am ribbon-cutting by Charlie and AJ Courtenay (Lord and Lady Devon) assisted by Toby and celebrity speaker Anne Swithinbank from BBC …

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Millbrook Village Sponsors Sow, Grow & Cook Tipi

We are delighted to announce Millbrook Village in Exeter is once again sponsoring Toby’s Garden Festival! Millbrook Village is a retirement village in the heart of Exeter, offering a total of 164 properties in an idyllic position on the upper banks of the River Exe and close to Exeter city centre. The village comprises a …

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Time for Tea

It is a truth universally acknowledged that every garden event needs a good tea tent! Somewhere friendly, pretty, where you can sit in comfort and enjoy a superlative cream tea and delicious home made cakes with a well brewed cuppa. Well, this year we welcome Dots Teas to Powderham Castle and looking at the pictures …

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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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