Summer Starts Here!
Toby Buckland’s Garden Festival returns to Powderham Castle near Exeter in Devon for a Fourth Successful Year
Friday 28th and Saturday 29th April 2017
Toby’s Garden Festival as always takes place on the first spring bank holiday, heralding the start of summer and the new growing season. Widely regarded as the best gardening show in the West Country, Toby’s GardenFest is now in its fourth year and bursts into life for two plant-packed days in the stunning location of Powderham Castle, near Exeter in Devon.
Known for its friendly, inclusive atmosphere and beautiful setting, Toby’s GardenFest is a garden party like no other with celebrity speakers, more than 100 plant nurseries, arts and crafts, fabulous local food, live music and entertainment for all.
Toby says, “I’m thrilled to announce the dates for our fourth festival at Powderham and once again we have a fresh line-up of exhibitors and interactive displays, designed to inspire and entertain the region’s gardeners.
There will be even more special and unusual plants, as well as a new Garden Clinic where there will be up-to-the-minute eco-friendly techniques for dealing with pests and diseases. This year the Festival are doing even more to celebrate the wealth of independent growers and makers with a new ‘Devon Made’ expo and the Curious Corner, a place for gardeners young and old to explore the fascinating world of wildlife, Nature and the great outdoors.
Also for 2017 the Festival is introducing The Chill & Grill Yurt where you can savour the taste of summer and learn to cook more than just bangers and burgers - a must for the alpha outdoor-chef in your family!”
Visitors can access the region’s best growers, hand-picked by Toby and the GardenFest team and get their gardening conundrums sorted whilst at the Festival. It’s also fantastic opportunity for some great horticultural shopping at excellent prices.
Confirmed celebrity speakers are Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time panellist Pippa Greenwood who will be speaking on veg-growing and pesky pests on Friday 28th. On Saturday 29th award-winning garden designer Adam Frost will be joining us. Adam has recently joined the presenting team on BBC Gardeners’ World on Friday nights and is widely tipped to be the nation’s next head gardener.
As usual the Festival takes place at Powderham Castle, home to the Earl and Countess of Devon, which has been in the Courtenay family since the 13th century. The Castle Courtyard, North Lawn and Lower Lawn will be filled with nursery exhibitors and delicious West Country fayre, while the historic Victorian kitchen will host a programme of horticultural Kitchen Cutting talks on both days. Craft and artisan exhibitors are to be found in the Great Hall and grand wood-panelled rooms on the ground floor of the Castle.
Parking is free and there is a land train on hand once again to take you to and from the Castle, very handy when you have a barrow-load of new plants to carry home. Accompanied children under 16 are as always free of charge.
As always, the local community will be heavily involved with Kenton in Bloom running the popular plant crèche.
Early birds can get discounted tickets at a rate of £8.50 instead of the usual gate fee of £12.50 by logging onto www.tobygardenfest.co.uk and buying online in advance, plus children under 16 go free.