Toby’s Garden Festival at Powderham Castle

Toby’s GardenFest returns to Powderham Castle, near Exeter on 3rd and 4th May 2019.

In 2018 we were joined by more than 200 exhibitors, offering quality plants from award-winning nurseries, unique West Country craft, artisan food and drink along with live music and fun family entertainment, all in the fabulous grounds and interior of Powderham Castle.

Take a look a what we got up to below…

“We travel miles to visit gardening shows but now we have the best one on our doorstep. Great value and lovely, lovely people selling plants”

Samantha Hall, Dawlish

celebrity speakers

TV Gardeners in the Speakers’ Tent

BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time panellist Anne Swithinbank joined us to share her favourite flowers for spring on the Friday. On the Saturday, Terry Walton, BBC Radio 2’s allotment doctor from The Jeremy Vine Show revealed his tips on growing fruit and veg the organic way. 

Sow, Grow & Cook

Our Sow, Grow & Cook Experts

Alongside our Speakers Tent, we welcomed our new Sow, Grow & Cook Tipi situated on the North Lawn. A small informal setting, it proved plenty of opportunity to get your questions answered. Topics for 2018 included butterfly gardening, fermenting veg for health and storage, grafting apples, a seed sowing workshop and an informal session with Toby explaining what veg to grow in small spaces.

beautiful plants

More than 100 Garden Exhibitors

Each year we welcome back all our favourite plant nurseries including Chelsea regulars and the Artisan Marquee returns with its local arts and crafts. We love to cater Devon-style with a wide range of food from the West Country. Our Curious Gardeners tent – returning for a second year, fun for the whole family with composting and hydroponics, exhibits, Get Devon Buzzing, free samples of the new Coastal Organics Compost, bugs under the microscope and TrailArt showed us how to make bird feeders and garden features from recycled objects.

Group bookings and coach information

Concessions for garden clubs

The event has become increasingly popular as a day out trip for gardening clubs. We have great facilities, including discounted tickets on sale or return, catering, free car and coach parking and free entry for your coach driver.

How to get here

Follow Brown Signs to Powderham Castle

Powderham Castle is on the main A379 coastal road between Exeter and Torquay and has good bus and train connections. For more information on how to get here by road, bus and rail, click on the heading in the picture above.

extra information

Information for dog owners, disabled access and more

All you need to know in advance with information on catering, timings, disabled access and parking, just click on the heading in the picture above.

Powderham Castle Video