19 March 2020

It is with great regret that due to the coronavirus pandemic we have taken the inevitable decision to postpone Toby’s Garden Festival in May with the welfare of all our exhibitors and visitors in mind.

The event which was due to take place on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 May 2020 will now take place on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 July 2020 at the usual location of Powderham Castle, Kenton near Exeter.

We will of course be honouring all bookings for the festival and we would ask you to be patient and bear with us at this very uncertain time. Our ambition is to put on our usual brilliant festival and to safeguard the future of this much-loved event.

Toby says: “The aim of our festival has always been to support and promote nurseries and businesses from the West Country who will be hit harder than most by the unprecedented unfolding events of the last few weeks.

“While we are sorry not to be hosting the festival in May we hope you will be part of the rescheduled festival in July. I look forward to seeing you all in the summer and happy gardening till then.”

For information and refunds, please email


We may be changing to a summer fest but we’ll still have everything that our visitors have come to love, including award-winning specialist nurseries and quality plants, artisan food and craft, live music and two full days of talks and demo’s from the nation’s top garden experts. 


You can buy the best selection of plants, shrubs, trees and flowers, interesting and unusual plants from our award-winning nurseries, including many Chelsea Gold Medal winners. All the nurseries are genuine growers dedicated to offering the highest quality plants.

Here’s who joined us in 2019 >>


Each year we curate the highest quality range of local food and drink we can find, much of it produced in Devon and the West Country, with plenty for special diets including alternatives for vegan and vegetarian diets, lactose-intolerant and gluten-free. We’ll be announcing who’s joining us for 2020 in the spring, in the meantime here’s who cooked up a treat in 2019.

We’re going ‘Wild & Wonderful’ with our festival

The exciting theme for our festival this year will be about how gardeners can work with nature to promote wildflowers, plant trees to reduce carbon emissions and help promote plastic and peat free gardening.

Talks, demonstrations , workshops will all be on offer as we embrace a ‘Wild & Wonderful’ approach to our popular festival – something which is bound to excite gardeners.

As festival host Toby Buckland says: “Ask not what your garden can do for you, but what your garden can do for wildlife”.

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