What to expect in 2019

Our sixth Garden Festival brings everything that our visitors have come to love, including award-winning specialist nurseries and quality plants, artisan food and craft, live music and two full days of interesting talks and demo’s from the nation’s top garden experts. 2019 also sees a brand-new festival layout and a range of new attractions, with the aim of making the festival even more relevant and accessible for our visitors.

SPEAKERS – We’re joined by BBC Gardeners’ World presenters Joe Swift and Frances Tophill, who will be sharing their knowledge of garden design and coastal gardening, while actor John Challis returns by popular demand for more selfies and book-signings. A new speaker venue The Country Gardener Magazine Talks Tent is the venue for a second programme of short talks and demo’s focussing on specialist plants and will be given by many of the nurserymen and women who exhibit at the festival.

NEW LAYOUT – This year sees a change in layout to make the festival more accessible to visitors with greater weather-proofing, closer access from the visitor car parks and more under-cover space in the shape of the our NEW Artisan Barn which will be a hub for craft and food exhibitors with a new demo stage.


DOGS WELCOME – In response to feedback from visitors, we are going dog-friendly in 2019! Dogs on short leads will be welcome on site for the first time in the festival’s history and we hope to have a range of attractions and exhibitors to appeal to visitors coming with their four-legged friends.

TREE LISTENING– For the curious, Alex Metcalf of BBC’s My Passion for Trees is hooking up to Powderham’s magnificent oak’s and giving visitors the opportunity to hear the inner workings of the trees, the popping and rumbling of the sap as it makes it way up the bark via the xylem and up to the leafy canopy, carrying up 250 litres of water a day!


Try your hand a range of skills for free including making beautiful realistic flowers from paper with Dartmoor artist Bee Watson of WildHive who was recently featured on Kirstie Allsopp’s Homemade Christmas


The castle’s popular tractor-trailer will be taking short tours of the deer park for a small fee, allowing visitors to enjoy the stunning views of the Exe estuary, deer park and estate’s beautiful fallow deer and Woodland Garden.

KNIT YOUR OWN BLOOMS Learn – or remember how! to knit and crochet with Devon artist Storm-in-a-Teacup who is bringing her Knitting Yurt to the festival, and will be showing you how to create flowers and vegetables made from wool, plus we have wreath-making and flower-arranging skills.