What’s on ?
Brilliant plant shopping, garden talks, horticultural crafts and a chance to sample delicious locally produced food, that’s what!
Here’s a taste of what to expect in 2021:
HERITAGE WOOD CRAFTS
We’re introducing a NEW zone for 2021, Heritage Wood Crafts where you can see a variety of artisan craftspeople at work, creating garden sieves and riddles (pictured above by Steve Overthrow), plant supports, garden brushes and skeps – all by hand and from natural materials.
Country gardener talks
For 2021, all our expert garden talks will be held in and around the Country Gardener Tipi, adjacent to the Castle lake, where visitors can sit or stand socially distanced in a well-ventilated space with open sides. Talks so far confirmed cover popular topics, including roses, succulents, herbaceous perennials, rewilding, vegetable growing and gardening organically.
sharpham cheese & Wine
Greg and Nicky Parsons, owners of award-winning Sharpham Cheese, are creating a cheese, wine and coffee area where you can sample delicious artisan goodies handmade by the team on the Sharpham Estate, at Ashprington, near Totnes, and get advice on cheese and wine pairings, and for the foodie-curious more unusual cheese and coffee pairings. Not to be missed!
getting around the fest
The Festival land train, provides a FREE hop-on/hop-off service around the festival site. The route takes you from the entrance gate at the top of the driveway, past the exhibitors, barn and lakeside food exhibitors, and up to the castle courtyard and back again, in a trip lasting roughly ten minutes.
Plus, we also have the castle’s tractor-train ferrying visitors from the car parks to the entrance gate for those who don’t want to walk the five minutes along the picturesque deer park lane. (Costs £1 to the castle.)
For visitors need a bit of extra help around the site, you can also book a wheelchair or scooter in advance here.
tunes to eat your picnic by!
We’re delighted to welcome back the young local talent represented by Mama Pik, including acoustic musicians, folk singers and guitarists.
The fabulous ukulele band, Sunny Side Up (pictured above), are also set to return for both days of the festival playing a range of old favourites.
And if you’re eagle-eyed you may spot the Higher Beings, posing as box plants among the shrubbery, ready to leap out on the unsuspecting! You can’t miss them when they trade their plant costumes for stilts, to stride around the site and pose for sky-high selfies with visitors.
fabulous flower crown
Don’t miss the chance for a selfie with the Giant Floral Crown, created by the talented folk from the British Academy of Floral Art, and displayed – all 5ft of it – in the Castle Courtyard.
Plus, there’s a chance to win a voucher for a floral workshop to learn some nifty flower-arranging skills of your own at the festival.
Find out more about the crown’s construction and what gave us the inspiration for the floral feature – clue: it’s someone special’s birthday on 12 June! – here.
Struggling to find your favourite plants at your local garden centre? Here’s the place to be! We are welcoming more than 20 plant nurseries, offering everything from herbs and edible plants, to succulents, camellia, climbers and unusual passionflowers, roses, shrubs, cottage perennials and architectural plants.
Check out the full list of plant nurseries joining us in 2021 here.
zero waste at the fest
We are proud to welcome Devon Contact Waste, the South West’s leading independent commercial waste handling firm as a festival sponsor in 2021.
Their Zero to Landfill solution ensures that none of the festival waste goes to landfill and they are the only Zero to Landfill operator in the region to process waste for recycling, rather than sending it all to Energy from Waste plants for incineration.
DCW are also launching an innovative range of 100% recycled plastic garden products at the festival, a weatherproof and sustainable alternative to plywood manufactured in the South West.
Find DCW in the Garden Village at the end of the Castle Driveway.
landscaping with hitchens
We’re delighted festival sponsor, Edward Hitchens, the largest supplier of new and reclaimed bricks and natural stone in the South West, are creating a display at the festival in 2021, giving visitors lots of ideas for hard landscaping their plots.
So, if you’re planning a new patio, building a new path or hard landscaping feature for your garden, you can get advice on the best materials to choose, quantifying and construction from in-the-know local experts.
Find them in the Garden Village, at the end of Castle Driveway.