Toby's Garden Festival featured in the Sunday Times Home supplement on 16th December

We’re in the News!

We’re always grateful and delighted whenever our festivals get recognition in the press, so we were thrilled to see ourselves get a mention in Sunday Times Home this weekend as one of the 2019 ‘Gardening Gigs to Book Now’. Writer Caroline Donald pointed out that “soon the days will start to lengthen and we can …

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Powderham Castle music room

Hawksmoor to Sponsor VIP

We are delighted to announce Exeter firm Hawksmoor Investment Management are to sponsor our VIP offering for a second year at Powderham Castle in May 2019. With offices in Exeter, London, Taunton, Dorchester and Bury St Edmunds, Hawksmoor is a growing specialist investment and fund management business, specialising in providing high quality discretionary management services …

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Dogs are welcome at Toby's Garden Festival

Dogs Welcome!

From 2019, Toby’s Garden Festival is going dog-friendly! We haven’t been able to allow dogs onto the festival site at Powderham in the past – not because we’re barking mad! – but because the estate is home to beautiful fallow deer, and part of the festival took place in the deer park. Thanks to our …

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New Layout for 2019

It’s now less of a walk for visitors thanks to our new layout for 2019. We’ve brought the GardenFest to the front of Powderham Castle next year, meaning better accessibility and a shorter walk between the car park and the entrance, which has moved to the bottom the oak-lined driveway. Here you will find fluttering …

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2019 Speakers Announced

It’s a Gardener’s World for us as we’re joined by some famous names from TV gardening with popular garden designer Joe Swift and Frances Tophill confirmed as speakers for 2019. Joe Swift has presented on Gardeners’ World since the late 1990’s and has fronted numerous TV shows including Open Gardens, Small Town Gardens, Garden Makers …

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Early Bird Tickets on Sale

Don’t miss your chance to grab your early bird tickets for Toby’s Garden Festival 2019! Buy before December 31st and you’ll get more than 25% off the gate price. Tickets include entry to one day of the festival, and celebrity talks in Powderham’s beautiful Dining Hall and all the talks and demos around the festival. …

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Exhibitor Applications Now Open!

We’re now taking exhibitor applications for Toby’s Garden Festival 2019! Note that we’ve moved back to our traditional date of the first spring Bank Holiday weekend, Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th May. We’ve also made some exciting changes to the festival site layout at Powderham Castle, to allow greater weather-proofing with more hard-stand under foot …

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Toby’s Guide to Winter Squash

Here’s my pick of the best winter squash – a group of pumpkins, gourds and hybrids that have skins that ripen into hard rinds meaning they keep for winter (Summer squash gherkins and cucumbers don’t). You might have read that pumpkins are good crops to grow on new plots as the giant umbrella-like leaves supress …

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All the Fun of the Fest!

Pumpkins and dahlias stole the show at Toby’s Harvest Festival, two flower-filled days of plant shopping, cooking and craft demo’s at Somerset’s stunning Forde Abbey. Visitors travelled from as far as Norfolk and North Wales to revel in the harvest hygge, which included celebrity talks from Guardian writer Alys Fowler who filled Forde’s Great Hall …

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