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What Visitors and Exhibitors say about Toby’s Garden Festival

We always love to get your feedback and know what you thought of your visit to the Garden Festival, and hear back from you on what we can do to improve or what you would like to see at the next one! To that end, we are currently working on a feedback form which will be up on the website shortly. In the meantime, here’s some of the many wonderful comments we have had from our exhibitors, visitors and garden clubs who have joined us in the past. In the meantime, please email any feedback to lisa@tobygardenfest.co.uk or alan@countrygardener.co.uk.


‘We valued the media attention’

“Thank you so much for the amazing festival you and your team organized last weekend.  You must be exhausted but what a success!   The promotion was perfect and the resulting crowds were testament to that.   We valued the media attention and I know we all benefited from it.   We had to restock our stand three times on the Friday and virtually sold out on the Saturday. 

I have heard nothing but positive remarks, praising the quality and variety of the stands as well as enjoying the happy atmosphere which for me was certainly enhanced by the magician juggler and the stilt walkers!  The whole two days were excellent and I’m afraid this is going to become a regular fixture in people’s diaries!’

Moor Plants

‘We were able to get our message over’

“Just to let you know that my colleague from Devon Wildlife Trust who attended your event on has told me what a wonderful and successful time she had. She loved the location she was in and managed to talk to lots of people about the work of the Trust and get our message over .

She said it was a very well organised event so well done to you all for all your hard work. Devon Wildlife Trust

‘Great atmosphere, lovely people ‘

“I hope you have recovered from the fabulous two day festival at Powderham. I had a great show, it was lovely to be part of, a great atmosphere, lovely people, and of course the stunning stunning location.

Carolyn Bourne Managing Director, Whetman Pinks Ltd

 ‘The media coverage was superb’

It was absolutely terrific and everyone we’ve spoken to thought it was a huge success.  The media coverage was superb and I doubt anyone in Devon could be unaware there was a Garden Festival at Powderham Castle. That alone makes it valuable to exhibitors. In addition, a lot of people have said that the entry price was pitched just right and probably encouraged more people to come. 

Hill House Nursery

‘ You succeeded in promoting Devon wonderfully’

“Many thanks for your assistance in the Powderham Show. I think its a really great event and you have succeeded in promoting Devon wonderfully  well and am looking forward to attending again next year. Kelway Plants Ltd

“Great event- you’ve put the fun back into gardening shows’- Tim Penrose , Bowden Hostas

 “Refreshing, sparkling, colourful, friendly , joyful.” Gill Burbridge, School of Floristry

 “Terrific event and a huge success . Superb media coverage.” – In Clover

“We loved working with you where you allowed us space at the festival as part of a PR partnership. It was a big success for First Great Western and raised our profile and had the added pleasure of being a lovely event” Celia Minoughan, Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership

 “Very friendly event with that lovely feeling to it’ Mike Spiller, Elworthy Cottage Plants

 “We had a fantastic time at the show- absolutely loved it. We covered our costs within the first hour of the show. The most enthusiastic visitors we’ve ever known!”. Catherine Harlow, Partumis Metal

“I travel all over the country for garden shows from Yorkshire and  you’ve managed to establish something really special on the calendar very quickly with a great new show . Well done’ Hoyland Plants

 “We loved the intimacy of the event and wouldn’t change a thing. Can you book us in for next year?” Devon Log Stores 

“A remarkable event with wonderful ambience and hitting just the right note for that artisan feel. Wonderful food and crafts. Well done.” Devon Plant Heritage

“Again another great show. It’s fast become one of our favourite events on the calendar and we look forward to it.’

Tortworth Plants



 “We travelled from deepest Cornwall for your event  on Friday  at Powderham and just had to say what a lovely garden show-great value and the best plants on sale I have ever seen.”

 Maria Weston

 “I discovered your garden festival late on but my friends and I had such a wonderful day out. Gardening heaven! “Pamela Hefford, Exeter

 “ We travel miles to visit gardening shows but now we have the best one on our doorstep. Great value and  lovely , lovely people selling plants.” Samantha Hall, Dawlish

Lovely day out for us gardening ‘freaks’, My friends and I have the date of next year’s show in the diary. We are looking forward to it already.” Sarah Lacaille, Okehampton

Garden Clubs

 “Thanks from all of us for one of the best days out we have ever enjoyed as a garden society -a lovely atmosphere. The back seat of the coach home looked like our own mini garden festival with everything we had bought.”

Ann Davies, Portleven Gardening Club

‘I wanted to say how much  we loved your garden festival. We were all looking forward to it but it exceeded all our expectations. Well organize and two things will remain with me- the wonderful plants and the  friendly atmosphere. See you next year.”

Mary Skeys, Bath Gardening Club

 “A great day out and I think many of us seasoned show visitors put it as one if note the best we’ve been to.”

Cheddar Gardening Society

 “The best garden show we’ve been to –bar none. Well done.”

Mark Dickinson, Bretford Gardening Club

 “A lovely, lovely show and  somehow you managed to get the atmosphere perfect- a lesson for some other festivals we could mention in SW London for example!”

 Ian  Porter, Box Gardening Club




One comment

  1. Val Bunclark says:

    Very disappointed with the show at Forde abbey. Difficulty in finding the venue and not many stalls when eventually found it. Powderham was so good despite the weather being bad. Had been looking forward to going but wil just stick to Powderham in future.

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