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See you in Spring 2019!

We’re back for our sixth Garden Festival in the stunning grounds of Powderham Castle on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th May 2019 – the first Spring Bank Holiday of the year! We’ve got lots of new and exciting attractions, including a new layout to the front of the castle,  with more under-cover space in the shape of our Artisan Barn & Theatre and a new Country Gardener Magazine Talks Tent. And for everyone who wanted to bring their furry friend we’re pleased to announce that we are now a DOG FRIENDLY festival! 

This year our festival will be divided into zones, including the Gardening Village, Feast Street and Craft Zone to help you more easily find what you are looking for. All your favourite nurseries will be back, including award-winning Chelsea stalwarts and we’ll be updating the website with the names of all our 2019 exhibitors as they are confirmed so do keep checking back for more up to date information.

Advance tickets to the festival are now on sale – buy online and you’ll save 20% on the gate price! BUY YOURS NOW! Children under 12 go FREE in 2019.

Take a look at who got involved in 2018…

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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