Toby’s Garden Festival is a joint collaboration by gardening broadcaster Toby Buckland and the popular magazine Country Gardener. We pop up annually in the stunning location of Powderham Castle, near Exeter, the 14th century family home of the Earl and Countess of Devon.
Our main focus is to bring together the best nurseries from the West Country and beyond – including many well-known Chelsea medal winners – and host two days of quality gardening talks on a wide range of horticultural topics – all free to visitors.
Add to that top-notch arts and crafts, locally-made street food to suit all tastes and free family music and entertainment and we hope to create a fabulous day out.
Set amongst trees and fluttering bunting, the Garden Village is home to some of the best plant nurseries in the West, selling everything from agapanthus to zantedeschia, all grown by experts. Head here for rare and unusual plants at great prices, and for advice you can trust from the people who know the plants best.
This under-cover area is in the lofty barn environs of the Castle’s riding stables, filled with canopied market stalls, offering quality West Country craft, art, house plants and hand-made edibles. And there’s lots of indoor seating to rest awhile.
Tummy rumbling? Head here for our curated range of street food sellers, hand-picked by our knowledgable festival team. On the menu, we have locally-reared meat, vegan, veggie and options for intolerances, plus light snacks and tea, coffee and of course lots of cake!
Here is also the location of our Country Gardener Talks Tent, an informal setting for our nursery speakers who talk and give demos on everything from peonies to air plants.
CASTLE & COURTYARD
Inside the castle you will find our VIP Experience located in the luxurious music room and library overlooking the deer park. Head to the wood-panelled Dining Room for our speaker programme which runs for free all day, both days of the festival.
In the ancient castle courtyard, under a rainbow of colourful pop-up gazebos, you’ll find a range of food craft and nursery exhibitors.