Festival fun

Watch out, watch out – the topiary’s about! There’s no beating about the bush at Toby’s Garden Festival in 2021. That’s because the talented Devon troupe, the Higher Beings are back to entertain visitors, disguised as topiary bushes.  You can have hours of fun just watching them as they camouflage themselves among the shrubs and …

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Foraging at the fest

This year at Toby’s Garden Festival we have a fascinating array of craftsmen and women sharing their skills.  Father and daughter duo, Robbie Ryder and Vix Hill-Ryder are an interesting pair.     Vix spent her childhood in the hedgerows, fields and on the coast of south-east Cornwall with her grandfather who was an amateur …

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Expert garden talks

The Country Gardener Speaker’s  Tent will once again feature talks and advice from leading nursery-people and specialist growers who will be sharing their unique knowledge and skills over the two days of the festival on 11 and 12 June at Powderham Castle. Highlights so far:  Stewart Pocock owner of Pococks Roses, a man with encyclopaedic  knowledge of …

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Get ready to plant shop

Wondering which nurseries are coming to Toby’s Garden Festival on 11 and 12 June? Lots of old favourites are planning a come-back along with some exciting new local additions from Devon. Here’s a taster of who’s coming to the show: Bean Place Nursery – wide range of hardy herbaceous, hardy ferns and grasses British Academy …

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Pack the pooch!

We’ve had lots of enquiries about whether dogs are allowed at the festival again this year, since we were first able to welcome them in 2019. We’re pleased to say, YES! If they’re well-behaved and happy to stay on a lead, four-legged furry friends can come along to the festival on Friday 11 and 12 …

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Discover seeds

ANNOUNCING: Exeter’s RAMM will be joining us at the festival with talks and a fascinating exhibit celebrating seeds: Artist Leonie Hampton and RAMM’s Contemporary Art Curator Lara Goodband will be in conversation discussing Hampton’s recent photography commission A Language of Seeds. Leonie’s work explores RAMM’s collection of seeds and herbarium sheets in dialogue with her …

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