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Toby’s Garden Festival 2019 is here!

Doors open at 10am today, Saturday 4th May. Online ticket sales have now closed, but tickets are still available to purchase for £12.50 on the gate.

Please follow the signs towards Powderham Castle, and then look out for the signs directing you to the visitors car park. The tractor-trailer will be escorting visitors to and from the main entrance and car park. A land train is running throughout the day, dropping visitors at stops along the Castle Driveway and up to the Castle.

Dogs are very welcome – please keep them on leads.

We hope you have a wonderful time at the festival.

What to expect in 2019…

It’s a Gardener’s World for festival visitors in 2019 with two popular TV gardeners already confirmed to speak next year. Garden designer Joe Swift is back with advice on garden design on Friday and Frances Tophill joins us in Powderham’s Speaker Hall on Saturday to share her practical advice on coastal and other tricky types of garden situation.

The Tree Listener, Alex Metcalf, best known for BBC’s My Passion for Trees is here both days sharing what it sounds like inside a tree using his sensitive microphones and recording equipment to reveal the sound of sap as travels its way up the xylem tubes to the leafy canopy . John Challis, aka Boycie from Only Fools and Horses, is back by popular demand and last but not least, we give you The Knitting Tent, where you can learn how to crochet house plant hangers and knitted flowers. Watch this space for news of more talks and demo’s and other highlights – coming soon!

New Layout for 2019!

We’re back for our sixth year in the magnificent grounds of Powderham Castle, Kenton near Exeter, 2019 with a brand-new site layout which capitalises on estate improvements and allows us to offer exhibitors new stall space at the front and entrance of the castle. Benefits include making the festival dog-friendly and provides greater weather-proofing with plenty of hard-stand underfoot, and greater accessibility for all.

The castle driveway sets the tone with our Horticultural High Street filled with exciting plants from quality nurseries with giant welcome banners and bunting festooning the beautiful oak trees. What was the Artisan Marquee is now upgraded in size to house our many wonderful West Country crafters  and becomes our NEW Artisan Barn & Theatre, providing an under-cover hub for artisan crafts with a seating area and demo stage.

Have a look at the new layout >> 

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