Category: Powderham Castle

Flowery fun at the Fest!

The touch paper was lit on spring at Toby’s Garden Festival on 29 and 30 April with two days of flowery fun and inspirational talks at Powderham Castle, Kenton near Exeter. The sun shone and over 5,500 visitors flocked through the 14th century castle’s gates, home to Charlie and AJ Courtenay, Earl and Countess of …

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Getting around the site

Need a helping hand around the festival site this year? We try and make the ancient castle grounds as accessible as possible, avoiding flights of steps, and staying on hard ground,  That said, the festival site does cover a large area, so we lay on two extra means of transport – the Castle tractor-train to …

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For the foodies!

We love food as much as we love plants here at Toby’s Garden Fest and take huge care to curate our street food and local food producer offering. This year many of our favourite foodies return, along with a few new ones, offering everything from sea food, to pizza, local meat, veggie goodies, along with …

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Plant shopping agogo!

Not long now until Toby’s Garden Festival pops up for two flower-filled days at Powderham Castle, and if you’re coming along for the plants, you won’t be disappointed! Here’s who is joining us on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 April… Buy your advance tickets from £12 here (Tea in the Castle tickets now sold out). …

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Traditional wood craft demos

For 2022, we’ve expanded our new Heritage Wood Crafts Zone, where you can watch Devon craftspeople at work, using ancient skills and traditional tools to make household, gardenware and charcoal. John Williamson of Dartmoor Woodcraft makes stave baskets, identified by the Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) as a critically endangered craft which use pre-industrial green woodworking …

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Plant Nurseries at the Festival

Shopping basket at the ready? We’ve got a blooming great line-up of nursery exhibitors joining us at Toby’s Garden Festival on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 April at Powderham Castle. These wonderful growers will be offering a huge array of quality, local-raised plants for your garden. Everything from cottage garden plants, to exotics, climbers, clematis, …

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Talk: A Healthy Veg garden

Gardener and smallholder Sally Morgan delves into a myriad of ways to create a healthy, biodiverse growing space packed with vegetables and flowers fueled by a healthy soil. She provides plenty of ideas on how to improve your soil, mix up your planting, try different rotations, attract pollinators and natural predators plus manage pests and …

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