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Annual Spring Lecture: ‘NO DIG GARDENING - An Afternoon With Charles Dowding’

posted 9 Feb 2019, 01:34 by Erica Thomson   [ updated 9 Feb 2019, 01:34 ]

Saturday 2nd March 2019 ~
1.30pm for 2pm ~
Discover no dig ‘gardening guru’ Charles Dowding’s original, weed free and time saving methods to achieve superb results in both small and large areas! ~
Venue: Friends Meeting House Clarendon Street, Nottingham, NG1 5JD (Limited parking at the venue – please use local car parks or public transport). ~
Tickets £9 student, retired or unwaged and £12 waged SAE and cheques to ‘Nottingham Organic Gardeners’ to NOGS, c/o 10 Buckingham Road, Woodthorpe, Nottingham, NG5 4GE. Also from Roots Natural Foods, 526 Mansfield Road, Sherwood, Nottingham NG5 2FR ~
Find us on Facebook, Meetup & nottinghamorganicgardeners.com 
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Melbourne Hall - winter opening

posted 3 Jan 2019, 00:46 by Erica Thomson

The Gardens are featured in the current January issue of Homes & Gardens.  
13 January 2019, 11am-3pm.

Walk to the Carriage Circle and you will be greeted in the Billiard Room where we will be offering a complimentary glass of mulled wine and specially created delicious treat from Master Chef The Professionals finalist Sven-Hanson Britt.

Then enjoy seasonal music from classical guitarist  Paul Martin https://www.weddingguitaristuk.com/, a preview of the Hall and wander through the gardens and admire the garden features at your leisure.  Meet the new Alpacas and Miniature Horses in the paddocks!

Leave by the garden gate and you will find the Tearooms open in the Visitor Centre where you can purchase further refreshments which you can enjoy by the log fire. 

Sign up to www.melbournehallgardens.com to be kept abreast of all future events and news - and by the 13th January to be entered in the free raffle for a £25 wine voucher from Pierre Hourlier Wines (also in the Visitor Centre).

Tickets will be available to purchase on arrival:
Adults – £10
Children under 14 – Free entry 

Please note: Dogs are not allowed within the grounds or house.

Plant Hunters’ Fairs 2019 including new venue at Patchings Arts Centre, Notts.

posted 1 Jan 2019, 23:33 by Erica Thomson


Plant Hunters’ Fairs

2019 Days Out for Clubs and Societies

 

 

 

This year(2018) we have been thrilled at the number of clubs and societies making Plant Hunters’ Fairs a destination for their special day out either visiting by coach or in shared cars.

There is so much on offer. Each of our fairs is hosted by a great garden or countryside venue. In most cases, there is free entry to the plant fair or reduced entry prices to the garden with the plant fair included. Where an entrance fee is charged all of the entrance money you pay goes to the garden hosting the event, often Charitable Trusts, raising much needed funds to help maintain these lovely gardens into the future. Every fair features some of the most highly respected nurseries around, including RHS medallists, National Collection Holders and small specialist growers.

All venues can accommodate pre-booked coaches and have lovely tearooms, cafes or restaurants. We can advise on the suitability to your needs of each venue.

Pre-booking is only normally necessary if you decide to come as a coach party; you can contact us or the venue directly to make arrangements. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or comments. We hope you’ll agree that Plant Hunters’ Fairs make the perfect day out for all garden lovers.

 

Latest News

This year we have a brand new venue in Nottinghamshire - Patchings Art Centre on Saturday 30 March for a free-to-enter plant fair at this interesting art gallery and garden. So far, we have 20 great nurseries booked.

For the first time we are holding a summer plant fair on Sunday 30 June at Cholmondeley Castle Gardens (as well as our established spring fair). We are looking forward to seeing the garden at a new time of year. Highlights will be the new 100m-long double herbaceous borders and the recently replanted Rose Garden, with over 350 roses.

We've moved the dates of our fairs at Abbeywood Gardens to May and August this year.

We have been visiting Consall Hall Gardens near Leek for the last 8 years and sadly it looks like this year’s event might well be our last chance to visit this spectacular venue as the hall and gardens pass into private ownership during 2019. So, we encourage all garden lovers to make the most of this opportunity to come along on Sunday 14th April and explore this treasure.

 

As you may have heard one of our lovely venues Henbury Hall estate is currently for sale. So, we can't be certain about our events there in 2019. We have planned a pop-up event for 2019 and already have a wonderful line-up of nurseries planned to attend. So please check the website from April for confirmation of the date which is likely to be late June 2019.

Our spring fair at Sugnall Hall is at the earlier date of Saturday 23 March.

Also, don't forget that Easter is late this year so some April dates have moved around to accommodate this.

What hasn't changed is the standard of the nurseries at our events. We have brilliant line-ups for every fair.

Below are full details of our 2019 events and venues and a full copy of our 2019 calendar, which are well worth considering for a group outing.

Best wishes,

Janet & Martin

Janet & Martin Blow

Plant Hunters’ Fairs, 
Phone: 01270 811443, Email:  janet@planthuntersfairs.co.uk   Full details of all our events are on our website: www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk

 

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cid:image003.jpg@01D374DE.1EAAAD20The National Memorial Arboretum

Croxall Road. Alrewas, Staffordshire, DE13 7AR

Sunday 10th March 2019 10am - 4pm 

FREE ENTRY to plant Fair & Arboretum (charge to park)

We will be holding our first fair of the 2019 season here. Entry to the plant fair is free and features many highly respected specialist nurseries with a great range of perennials, shrubs, trees, rare species and old heritage varieties. Simply something for every plant lover.  

The National Memorial Arboretum is a special place of memorial and inspiration with so much to offer visitors: secluded gardens to explore, a nature reserve and a lovely restaurant. The arboretum and fair are free to enter. There are 150 acres of wooded parkland where visitors can both enjoy and learn about the trees and their surroundings and reflect upon their special symbolism. Many of the memorials are placed in peaceful gardens. Although still a 'young' arboretum, in excess of 50,000 trees on the site are rapidly growing into a unique living tribute. Enjoy a hearty, freshly-prepared breakfast, mouth-watering lunch or rest mid-afternoon with a refreshing 'cuppa' and a slice of homemade cake in the two eateries, the Restaurant and Coffee Shop, where the food and drink served are freshly prepared.

 

Carsington Water

Big Lane, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1ST

Saturday 16th March 2019 10am – 4pm

FREE ENTRY to Plant Fair & Country Park (charge to park)

With FREE ENTRY to this plant fair the event offers the opportunity to pop along and visit many specialist nurseries to get your gardening season off to a great start. Carsington Water is a superb location rich in wildlife, scenery and activities for people of all ages. There are 8 miles of paved walks from short strolls to long serious walks. The reservoir was always conceived as a natural-looking haven for wildlife and exciting space for water-based activities co-existing in harmony. The restaurant serves a wide range of lunches and refreshments and has windows and a terrace that give panoramic views of the water and park.

 

 Alderford Lake

Tilstock Rd, Whitchurch, Shropshire 
SY13 3JQ

Sunday 17th March 2019 10am -4pm

FREE ENTRY to Plant Fair

Free Parking

Entry to this popular plant fair at Alderford Lake is completely free, so pop along and visit many specialist nurseries at no charge to get your gardening season off to a great start. The plant fair boasts a brilliant line-up of nurseries. The nursery folk will be more than happy to give you the benefit of their experience of planting and caring for the plants you buy so you can get the best from them. You can choose to take the lakeside walks (50p charge). Delicious breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas are available from the lakeside café. There is ample free parking.

 Sugnall Walled Garden

Sugnall, Eccleshall, Stafford, ST21 6NF

Saturday 23rd March 2019   10am - 4pm 

Entry to Garden and Plant Fair £1.00 Free Parking

 

Please note: our spring fair at Sugnall Walled Garden for 2019 is at the earlier date of Saturday 23 March. Featuring many highly respected specialist nurseries with a great range of perennials, shrubs, trees, herbs, rare species and old heritage varieties. The 2-acre Walled Kitchen Garden at Sugnall near Eccleshall Staffs dates from 1738 and has been restored as a working kitchen garden producing fruit and vegetables to serve in the tearoom and for homemade jams and chutneys on sale at the garden. The tearoom will be serving home-made fare including teas and cake. For those of you who have caught the "grow your own" bug the garden will be an inspiration. Entry to fair and garden is only £1.00 with free parking. 

cid:image010.jpg@01D374DE.1EAAAD20Ness Botanic Gardens

Ness, Neston, Wirral CH64 4AY

Sunday 24th March 2019   10am -4pm

Entry £1.00 to Plant Fair (redeemable when paying for optional entry to the garden) Free Parking

The spring plant fair at Ness Botanic Gardens has a wonderful line-up of top nurseries. The mix of nurseries ensures there’s something for every type of garden; little gems to tempt the most discerning plants person and lots of help and advice for the new or less experienced gardener.

 

Patchings Art Centre

Oxton Road, Calverton, Nottinghamshire NG14 6NU

Saturday 30th March 2019   10am -4pm

Free Entry to Plant Fair Free parking 

Entry to this NEW Plant Hunters' Fair at Patchings Art Centre is completely free and offers the opportunity to pop along and visit 20 highly respected specialist nurseries and artisans from across the country at no charge to get your gardening season off to a great start. The nursery folk will be more than happy to give you the benefit of their experience in how to plant and care for the plants you buy so you can get the best from them. Patchings Art Centre has so much to offer with galleries and working artists. Take a walk around the grounds and discover a myriad of insects and wildlife as you meander along the grass paths, gardens with woodland walk, lake area with Monet Bridge all with free entry.  

Middleton Hall

Middleton Hall, Middleton, Tamworth, Staffordshire B78 2AE

Sunday 31st March 2019   10am - 4pm

Entry to Hall, Gardens & Plant Fair only £3.00 Free parking

Where better to get inspiration for your garden than at this great plant fair at this wonderful Staffordshire venue. With entrance to the gardens, grounds, hall and plant fair all for just £3.00, we’re sure you'll want to bring your friends and family to make a day of it. The event offers the opportunity to visit a brilliant line-up of 23 specialist nurseries and artisans from across the country to get your gardening season off to a great start.

Middleton Hall spans seven centuries of English domestic architecture and is set in 42 acres of tranquil grounds which include a beautiful walled garden, an orchard, Middleton Lake and a nature trail.  The tearooms will serve light refreshments.

cid:image018.jpg@01D374DE.1EAAAD20Hoghton Tower

Hoghton, Nr Preston, Lancashire PR5 0S

Saturday 6th April 2019  10am -4pm

Entry Plant Fair only £1.00 - in aid of Hoghton Tower Preservation Trust. Free Parking

 

This is our only visit of the year to Lancashire. The plant fair offers the opportunity to visit some wonderful specialist nurseries to get the gardening season off to a great start with a great range of perennials, alpines, shrubs, trees, rare species and old heritage varieties. Tea rooms and the Stables Gift Shop will also be open.

 

Hoghton Tower is set in magnificent grounds, situated 650ft above sea level and approached by a steep, straight 0.75 mile long drive, a 16th-century Elizabethan fortified manor-house. The ancestral home of the de Hoghton family, Hoghton Tower has been a part of Lancashire’s landscape since 1565. Take a stroll through history on a guided tour of one of England's most atmospheric stately homes. The expert and entertaining guides will share stories into the many dramas and characters that have shaped the history of the house. Entry to the Gardens or House is optional (separate charges).

cid:image031.jpg@01D374DE.1EAAAD20Bramall Hall,

Bramhall Park, off Hall Road, Bramhall, Stockport, Cheshire SK7 3NX

Sunday 7th April 2019  11am -4pm

£2.00 entry to plant fair in aid of special projects at the hall. There is free entry to the 70-acre parkland.

 

Bramall Hall is one of Cheshire's most historic houses with surrounding parkland in the style of Capability Brown. There is free entry to the 70-acre parkland. Hall entry is optional at standard prices. The event offers the opportunity to visit a brilliant line-up of 20 specialist nurseries and artisans and is a special fund-raising event for special projects at the hall and has proved hugely popular, rapidly gaining a reputation as the best specialist plant fair in the area. The historic hall is also open (1pm-5pm, separate charge) to take you back to its medieval roots.

cid:image027.jpg@01D374DE.1EAAAD20Sandwell Valley Park

Sandwell Valley Country Park, Salters Lane, West Bromwich, West Midlands B71 4BG

Saturday 13th April 2019   10am -4pm

FREE ENTRY to plant fair and country park (P&D parking)

This free to enter plant fair offers the opportunity to pop along and visit many specialist nurseries from across the country to get the gardening season off to a great start. At the same time why not enjoy a walk at this wonderful Country Park with 660 acres to walk round you can go for a quiet stroll in pleasant surroundings.

To round off your trip why not enjoy a visit to Sandwell Park Farm, (there is a separate entry charge for this) a fully restored working Victorian farm with grazing meadows, a traditional farmyard, walled kitchen gardens, Grade II listed buildings, a small museum and award-winning tea rooms to provide a perfect day out. The farm is home to a number of rare breed animals.

cid:part11.07000707.08080406@planthuntersfairs.co.ukConsall Hall Landscape Gardens

Consall, Wetley Rocks, Staffordshire. ST9 0AG

Sunday 14th April 2019   10am - 5pm

Entry to the 70-acre Gardens and Plant fair only £3.00

Free Parking

 

We have been visiting Consall Hall Gardens near Leek for the last 8 years and sadly it looks like this year’s event might well be our last chance to visit this spectacular venue as the hall and gardens pass into private ownership during 2019. So, we encourage all garden lovers to make the most of this opportunity to come along on and explore this treasure.

 

This is a great opportunity to visit this rarely open dramatic and enthralling landscape garden in the heart of the North Staffordshire countryside. There are over 70 acres of lakes, garden and landscape to explore via four miles of paths with many covered areas to sit. You can truly make a day of it whatever the weather.

The fair continues to attract the cream of our specialist nurseries and there will be something for everyone.  Large tearoom serving teas and light lunches.

 

cid:image032.jpg@01D139A6.0BFA4340Whittington Castle

Castle St, Whittington, Shropshire SY11 4DF

Good Friday 19th April 2019   10am -4pm

Free Entry to Plant Fair (£1.00 per car to park)

 

The strikingly picturesque and romantic ruins are steeped in much history, tales of bitter border warfare, romance and legend. Whittington is a small rural community in Shropshire close to the market town of Oswestry. Whittington Castle sits in the centre of this lovely village. The existing Castle is set in about 12 acres of ground and is the remains of a Norman home. 

A brilliant plant fair offering a great opportunity to get out on Good Friday at the start of the country’s biggest gardening weekend. With specialist nurseries with a great range of perennials, shrubs, herbs, rare species and old heritage varieties to get your gardening season off to a great start.

Bodenham Arboretum

Wolverley, Worcestershire, DY11 5SY

Easter Saturday 20th April 2019   10am - 4pm

Free Entry to Plant Fair and lakeside restaurant

 

What a wonderful setting for a plant event! From the mile-long approach drive to the heart of this 156-acre arboretum the beauty of the setting just keeps on unfolding. With FREE ENTRY to this plant fair the event offers the opportunity to pop along and visit many specialist nurseries from across the country to get your gardening season off to a great start. The visitor centre and lakeside restaurant are housed in an award-winning environmentally sensitive building and serve a wide variety of home-cooked meals and light refreshments including meats from the farm. Why not enjoy the spring weather and take your tea on the terrace overlooking the main pool.  Entry to the plant fair and access to the restaurant are completely free with free parking. Entry to the arboretum is optional and at normal prices.

 

The Dorothy Clive Garden

Willoughbridge, Mkt Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 4EU

Sunday 21st & Monday 22nd April 2019 (Easter Sunday & Monday) 10am - 5.00pm

Better Than Half Standard Price Entry to Gardens & Plant Fair £4.00 (Normal standard entry is usually £8.50) Free Parking

This is a special fund-raising event for the Willoughbridge Garden Trust

 

One of the best-loved garden events in the area wooing visitors with a winning line-up of the best nurseries around, a most charming and beautiful garden and a truly relaxing and inviting atmosphere. The 12-acre Dorothy Clive Garden features a superb woodland garden, alpine scree, gravel garden, a damp garden and spectacular flower borders.  Famed for its dazzling spring display of rhododendrons and azaleas with massed drifts of bulbs. Explore the gardens, sit and relax in the many seating areas, and enjoy the tearoom's home baking on the terrace lawn, whilst enjoying the lovely views of the surrounding countryside. The Plant Hunters’ Fair boasts 17 top-class nurseries, including RHS Medal Winners and National Collection Holders offering a tremendous variety of plants coming from all corners of the country including National Collection Holders, Roseland House Clematis and Climbers from Cornwall; woodland plant specialists Edrom Nursery from Berwickshire; award-winning alpine nursery Pottertons from Lincolnshire; rare woody edibles and other hard to find trees and shrubs from Jurassic plants and gold medal winning specialists Packhorse Farm Nursery specialising in Acers and rare and desirable shrubs.  Plus, many more wonderful specialist nurseries with every sort of plant. Also, don’t miss our two artisan stalls with Staffordshire terracotta garden ware and iron plant supports, all hand-made using traditional methods.” This is a special fund-raising event for the charitable trust that owns and maintains the garden.

 

 

 

 

cid:image029.jpg@01D374DE.1EAAAD20Battlefield 1403

Upper Battlefield, Shrewsbury SY4 3DB

Saturday 27th April 2019  9.30am – 4.00pm

FREE ENTRY

 Free Parking

 

The plant fair offers the opportunity to pop along and visit many specialist nurseries at no charge to get the gardening season off to a great start. At the same time visit Battlefield 1403's excellent farm shop, deli and Sparrow's Café, which are a celebration of low food miles, only buying British (and that means no lemons or grapes in sight), fresh seasonal products with full traceability. The café cooks up a storm daily using local produce sourced from the estate and local producers.

 

Battlefield 1403 is a something quite different location for Plant Hunters' Fairs and has a lot to offer our plant fair visitors!

Today Battlefield 1403 is a bustling farm shop, butchery, deli, cafe and exhibition, but over 600 years ago this was the site of one the bloodiest battles fought on British soil. After visiting the plant fair and shop at Battlefield 1403, take a walk around the boundary of the 100-hectare battlefield. Battlefield Church is said to have been erected over the site of the mass burial pit dug immediately after the battle. Now looked after by The Churches Conservation Trust, it provides an opportunity for quiet reflection. The Battle of Shrewsbury exhibition explains the facts as we know them and introduces additional fun facts for children. Exhibits on display include a fully armoured "Sir Nicholas", various weaponry, a longbow archer and other medieval artefacts.

Cholmondeley Castle Gardens

Malpas, Cheshire SY14 8AH

Sunday 28th April 2019  10am-5pm

Half-Price Entry to Gardens & Fair only £3.50 Free Parking

 

Plants will be at the heart of the event and we have a brilliant line-up of nurseries, each with something new, different and unusual for every Plant lover.

Cholmondeley Castle Gardens is said by many to be among the most romantically beautiful gardens they have seen will have a stunning display from the drifts of bulbs and flowering trees and shrubs. The Gothic revival castle - a product of the early 19th century - stands on a high rise above a lake and is surrounded by sweeping lawns and a variety of mature trees, including cedars of Lebanon, oak and chestnut.  The surrounding gardens provide a lovely mix of colour and height, with intriguing walks around the lake. There is a temple water garden, rose garden, rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and a variety of mixed borders. Why not bring a picnic and enjoy magnificent views across the deer park mere, with its many varieties of wild birds together with an excellent view of Cholmondeley Castle. The plant fair is handily placed right next to the tearooms! 

cid:image053.jpg@01D139A6.0BFA4340Donington Le Heath 1620’s House & Garden

Donington Le Heath, Coalville Leics LE67 2FW

Saturday 4th May 2019  10am - 4pm 

SPECIAL FUND-RAISING EVENT for Donington Le Heath 1620’s House & Garden: Entry to Gardens & Plant Fair only £1.00 Free Parking

 

The plant fair features highly respected specialist nurseries with a great range of perennials, alpines, shrubs, trees, rare species and old heritage varieties. Surrounding the Manor House are period gardens and woodland planted as part of the development of the National Forest. The gardens, re-created in a 17th century style, include flower and herb gardens, an ornamental maze and an orchard. The Old Barn Tea Room will be open and serving home baked cakes, light lunches and a range of hot and cold drinks. 

The house is open on the day and if you would like to see it there is a separate charge to enter. This rare and beautiful house is a surviving example of a family home built in the 13th century and then modernised in 1618. It has been home to many families over its 700 year history, but the Digby family, which included the Gunpowder Plotter Sir Everard Digby, lived in the house for over two hundred years. It is towards the end of the Digby ownership that the refurbished house is focused, showing how people lived in late Elizabethan and early Jacobean times. Visitors can now see the beautifully restored period rooms and talk to our volunteers about the history of the house, the families that lived here and about life in the 1620s.

cid:image058.jpg@01D139A6.0BFA4340Weston Park

Weston-under-Lizard Nr Shifnal, Shropshire, TF11 8LE 

Sunday 5th & Monday 6th May 2019   10am - 5pm

Special Low Entry for Gardens & Plant Fair £3.00 (adult entry normally £6.50)

Free Parking

 

Weston is an award-winning stately home set in 1000 acres of "Capability" Brown parkland, much of it wooded and planted with spring bulbs, bluebells, azaleas and rhododendrons. There are miles of woodland walks, lakes and the beautiful formal gardens to explore. Children can let off steam in the Woodland Adventure Playground.

The wonderful Plant Hunters Fairs will once again make Weston their home over the Bank Holiday weekend with a great plant fair showcasing highly respected nurseries. Whether you are a green-fingered professional or just like to potter in the garden, there will be a wide selection of top-quality nurseries attending. There will be a great mix of expert growers, each with their own distinctive specialities.

 

 

The National Memorial Arboretum

Croxall Road. Alrewas, Staffordshire, DE13 7AR

Saturday 11th May 2019   10am - 4pm 

FREE ENTRY to plant Fair & Arboretum (charge to park)

 

Come for a day out, find some lovely plants for your garden, get expert advice from the enthusiastic nurserymen, and take time to experience the peace and tranquillity, the trees, the memorials, and the parkland walks. Enjoy a hearty, freshly-prepared breakfast, mouth-watering lunch or rest mid-afternoon with a refreshing 'cuppa' and a slice of homemade cake in the two eateries, the Restaurant and Coffee Shop, where the food and drink served are freshly prepared.

 

Adlington Hall

Mill Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4LF

Sunday 12th May 2019   10am - 4pm 

Half Price Entry to Gardens & Plant Fair only £3.00 Free Parking

 

Free Guided Tours Available

 

Back again for the 11th year, by popular demand, the Plant Hunters Fair will be held in the grounds of Cheshire’s fabulous historic Adlington Hall. This event has become firmly established in the gardener’s calendar as the place to go to get something different and special for your garden.  The popular plant fair will be set against the backdrop of the historic hall and is surrounded by the beautiful gardens and parkland. With so much to see, why not take one of the free guided tours of the gardens with the Head Gardener Anthony O’Grady or simply relax, take in the beautiful gardens and enjoy the lovely refreshments that are available. 

Adlington Hall is one of the oldest and most historic Cheshire houses. The 2,000-acre Estate contains parkland landscaped in the 18th century in the style of 'Capability Brown' complete with ha-ha. The Lime Avenue dating from 1688 is one of the oldest surviving in Britain and leads to a woodland wilderness with winding paths, temples, bridges and follies in a rococo manner. A path through the laburnum Arcade leads into the formal Rose Garden, then on to the Maze created in English Yew. The Father Tiber water Garden provides a peaceful haven with its ponds, fountains and water cascade and the parterre provides a colourful addition to the east wing.

cid:image044.jpg@01D374DE.1EAAAD20British Ironwork Centre

Whitehall Aston, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 4JH

Saturday 18th May 2019  10am - 4pm

£1.00 in aid of Hope House Children’s Hospices. Free Parking

 

Please note: our spring fair at the British Ironwork Centre for 2019 is on a Saturday this time. Our plant fairs at The British Ironwork Centre have raised thousands of pounds for Hope House Children’s Hospices, with the £1.00 entrance fee going to this very deserving cause. Please help us raise more in 2019! Come for a great day out, find some lovely plants for your garden, get expert advice from the enthusiastic nursery folk. The British Ironworks Centre not only boasts a working smithy and a showroom featuring the biggest choice of quality British ironware for both indoors and garden use but also the Shropshire Sculpture Park featuring a safari in ironwork that has to be seen to be believed! The venue has lots to see and explore with something for all ages, plus the bonus of a great Plant Hunters' Fair to enjoy!

cid:part4.07050006.02090103@planthuntersfairs.co.ukAbbeywood Gardens

Chester Road, Delamere, Cheshire

CW8 2HW 

Sunday 19th May 2019  10am -4pm

SPECIAL LOW ENTRY PRICE TO GARDENS AND PLANT FAIR ONLY £3.00 (Normal entry is £5.50)

Free Parking

 

Plant Hunters’ Fairs come to Abbeywood Gardens in Cheshire on Sunday 19th May, a new earlier time of year for 2019. The gardens have plenty to see and enjoy with 6 acres divided into separate garden areas, each with its own distinctive character and themed planting. The long, flowering, naturalistically planted herbaceous borders of the main garden are divided by impressive yew hedges into the pool, chapel and pergola gardens each bursting with sensational colour. The exciting and vibrantly planted Christopher Lloyd inspired Exotic Garden is filled with Dahlias, Bananas, tender perennials and annuals. A fabulous prairie garden.  The plant fair will have a great mix of expert growers, each with their own distinctive specialities.

 

cid:image046.jpg@01D374DE.1EAAAD20Pottertons Nursery & Garden in aid of the National Garden Scheme (NGS)

Moortown Road Nettleton, Caistor, Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN7 6HX 

Sunday 26th May 2019   9am -5pm

Entry to the plant fair and gardens is £3.00 in aid of the National Garden Scheme (NGS) Free Parking

 

NGS opening including a great Plant Hunters’ Fair at the wonderful Pottertons Alpine Nursery and their beautiful garden. The plant fair offers the opportunity to see many specialist nurseries who don’t normally visit this part of the country.

 

The large garden contains many planting features including alpine rockeries with pool, stream and waterfall, raised beds, troughs, tufa stone bed, crevice garden, woodland and peat beds. All extensively planted with hundreds of varieties of alpines, bulbs and woodland or shade loving plants, providing lots of colour and interest all year round but will be at their peak in late May.

cid:image048.jpg@01D374DE.1EAAAD20Carsington Water

Big Lane, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1ST

Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2019  10am – 4pm

FREE ENTRY to Plant Fair & Country Park (charge to park)

 

It’s just the right time to pick up some summer flowering plants to give your garden a boost and the nurseries will have just the right plant for your garden with nurseries specialising in plants of all sizes for a wide range of garden situations from hot sun to cool shade. Carsington Water is a superb free-to-enter venue rich in wildlife, scenery and activities for people of all ages. There are 8 miles of paved walks from short strolls to long serious walks. The restaurant serves a wide range of lunches and refreshments and enjoys panoramic views of the water and park.

 

cid:part9.05090100.05000806@planthuntersfairs.co.ukHodnet Hall

Hodnet, Market Drayton, Shropshire. TF9 3NN

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd June 2019  10am - 5pm

Special Low Entry Price for Gardens and Fair £4.00 (Half Standard Price Entry) Free Parking

 

Hodnet Hall boasts over 60 acres of breath-taking gardens with grand vistas; intimate, secluded areas, magnificent lakes, peony and rose garden, herbaceous borders, woodland garden, wildflower meadows and a walled kitchen garden. Visitors can explore the gardens, meet top nurserymen and women and enjoy light refreshments in the picturesque restaurant. What more could you want on an early summer's day?  

 

cid:image050.jpg@01D374DE.1EAAAD20Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre & Country Park

Sutton Cheney, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV13 0AD

Saturday 8th June 2019  10am -4pm

£1.00 Entry to Plant Fair (P&D parking) Entry to the Country Park is FREE 

 

Come along to Bosworth Battlefield for a great Plant Hunters' Fair featuring highly respected specialist nurseries with a great mix of plants and specialities to delight plant lovers of every level of experience. It’s just the right time to pick up some Summer flowering plants to give your garden a boost and the nurseries will have just the right plant for your garden with nurseries specialising in plants of all sizes for a wide range of garden situations from hot sun to cool shade. The plants are lovingly grown by small specialist nurseries and these enthusiastic plants people are on hand to give honest, straightforward advice on choosing and growing the right plants for your garden. At the same time why not enjoy a walk on the country park trail, which invites you to discover the Battle of Bosworth whilst enjoying breath-taking views. The Visitor Centre will also be open (optional at normal entry prices).

 

cid:image030.jpg@01D139A6.0BFA4340Norton Priory Gardens

Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 1SX.

Sunday 9th June 2019   10am -4pm

FREE ENTRY TO THE PLANT FAIR Free Parking

This event will be in association with the walled garden's NGS open day (£4.00 per person if you want to enter the garden or whole Site entry for gardens and museum £7.95 )

 

Special Group booking entry (pre-booked groups of 15 or more) Garden Entry Group Rate - £3.00 per person

Whole Site Entry Group Rate (includes garden and museum) - £5.00 per person

 

FREE ENTRY to this popular plant fair showcasing highly respected specialist nurseries with a great range of perennials, shrubs, trees, rare species and old heritage varieties. This event will be in association with the walled garden's NGS open day (£4.00 per person if you want to enter the gardens or gardens and museum £7.95 there is a special group rate available).  Norton Priory is the most excavated monastic site in Europe. Boasting the ruins of an Abbey, 12th century undercroft and an 18th century Walled Garden, it is located within an oasis of tranquil woodland and wildflower meadows. The new museum displays thousands of artefacts from Norton’s 900 year history including the internationally significant 14th century statue of St Christopher. The 2-acre Walled Garden was built between 1757 and 1770 for the Brooke family, the owners of Norton Priory. When the Brookes left Norton Priory, it became neglected and overgrown, until work began in 1980 by Runcorn Development Corporation to reclaim it. The garden was featured on BBC TV's "Hidden Gardens" series with Chris Beardshaw. Essentially a kitchen garden, it would have been the source of fruit, vegetables and flowers for the mansion house. Today there is an orchard, a fruit garden, a vegetable garden, various ornamental borders and the beautiful Rose Walk. Norton Priory is home of the National Collection of Tree Quince (Cydonia Oblonga). The Walled Garden is also the location of a number of Norton Priory's "hidden gems", including the Ha Ha Wall, the Ice House and the Wildflower Meadow.  The plant fair is held just outside the walled garden and runs from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. with free entry to plant fair and tearoom.

Arley Arboretum

Arley Estate, Upper Arley, Near Bewdley, Worcestershire DY12 1XJ

Saturday 22nd June 2019  10am - 5pm

Half Price Entry to Gardens, Arboretum & Plant Fair only £2.75 Free Parking

 

Discover a tranquil wonderland of rare and ancient trees, exquisite walled gardens and panoramic views. Go back in time and watch the Severn Valley Railway trains steam across the hill from one of the magnificent signposted walks. Add to this a plant fair with brilliant specialist nurseries and we've the perfect day out for plant lovers. The nursery folk will be more than happy to give you the benefit of their experience in how to plant and care for the plants you buy so you can get the best from them.

cid:image003.jpg@01D139A6.0BFA4340Henbury Hall Gardens

Henbury, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9PJ   10am -5pm

Gardens & Plant Fair only £3.00

POP-UP EVENT

As you may have heard one of our lovely venues Henbury Hall estate is currently for sale. So, we can't be certain about our events in 2019. We have planned a pop-up event for 2019 and already have a wonderful line-up of nurseries planned to attend. So please check the website www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk  from April for confirmation of the date which is likely to be late June 2019.

Henbury Hall is a hidden gem in the heart of the rolling north Cheshire countryside, a setting of almost magical peace and tranquillity. The rarely open to the public 12-acre gardens have recently undergone a transformation to awake them from years of slumber and are just waiting to be explored and loved. Set in an undulating landscape and surrounding two magnificent lakes, the gardens contain many fine trees and shrubs including some rare specimens as well as more intimate spaces such as the walled garden. The plant fair features highly respected specialist nurseries with a great range of perennials, alpines, shrubs, trees, rare species and old heritage varieties.

Cholmondeley Castle Gardens

Malpas, Cheshire SY14 8AH

Sunday 30th  June 2019   10am-5pm

Half-Price Entry to Gardens & Fair only £3.50  Free Parking

New Summer Plant Hunters' Fair at the wonderful Cholmondeley Castle Gardens offering a special HALF PRICE entry on the day for the gardens and plant fair of just £3.50 we know you'll be bringing your friends and family to make a day of it.

Cholmondeley Castle Gardens is said by many to be among the most romantically beautiful gardens they have seen. The Castle is surrounded by sweeping lawns and a variety of mature trees. The gardens provide a lovely mix of colour and height, with intriguing walks around the lake. There is a Temple Water Garden and a recently replanted Rose Garden, with over 350 roses.  A wonderful new 100m long double herbaceous border is in place with floral interest in these borders from spring through autumn, but they are at their best in summer. Great care has been taken to select plants which complement each other through both texture and colour. Several varieties of Dahlia can be found alongside Crocosmia, Salvia, Persicaria, Helenium, Echinacea, Geranium, Phlox, and the banana like leaves of Canna, in a scheme of varying shades of pinks, reds, oranges with the odd splash of mauve and white and new rose supports with climbing roses.

 

cid:image053.jpg@01D374DE.1EAAAD20Sugnall Walled Garden

Sugnall, Stafford, ST21 6NF

Sunday 7th July 2019   10am - 4pm 

Entry to Plant Fair £1.00  Free Parking

 

Plant fair featuring highly respected specialist nurseries with a great range of perennials, shrubs, trees, rare species and old heritage varieties. Please note: due to building work in the garden during the summer we will be holding the July fair in the woodyard adjacent to the walled garden. At the same time as visiting the plant fair why not take a walk on the network of paths and tracks, starting from the lane outside the walled garden, which takes walkers right to the heart of the estates rural idyll. There are several kissing gates to extend the network and provide a number of circular walks of different lengths past the pools. Ask for a free map. Refreshments available.

Middleton Hall

Middleton Hall, Middleton, Tamworth, Staffordshire B78 2AE

Sunday 21st July 2019  10am - 4pm

Entry to Hall, Gardens & plant Fair only £3.00 Free Parking

 

It’s just the right time to pick up some late flowering plants to give your garden a boost and we know that the nurseries will have just the right plant to set your summer garden ablaze with colour and add a sparkle to a shady spot, plus lots of expert knowledge on hand to help you choose the best for your and unique garden. With entrance to the gardens, grounds, hall and plant fair all for just £3.00, we’re sure you'll want to bring your friends and family to have a lovely day out.

Middleton Hall spans seven centuries of English domestic architecture and is set in 42 acres of tranquil grounds which include a beautiful walled garden, an orchard, Middleton Lake and a nature trail.  The grounds are a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) including a nine-acre lake, noted Walled Garden and a children's play park. Adjacent to the grounds are the RSPB reserve, Middleton Lakes. Middleton Hall has a special place in the history of our understanding of plants. It was the home of Francis Willughby, the naturalist – an original Fellow of the Royal Society – and it was here that he brought his teacher and friend, the first great English naturalist, John Ray. Ray compiled his Catalogus Angliae here, one of the first attempts at a comprehensive listing of British plants. Today there are large and small walled gardens, herbaceous borders, orchard and sunken garden. There is an adjacent Craft Centre, with specialist shops and cafe.

The National Memorial Arboretum

Croxall Road. Alrewas, Staffordshire, DE13 7AR

Saturday 27th July 2019

10am - 4pm 

FREE ENTRY to plant Fair & Arboretum (charge to park)

Come for a day out, find some lovely plants for your garden, get expert advice from the enthusiastic nurserymen, and take time to experience the peace and tranquillity, the trees, the memorials, and the parkland walks. Enjoy a hearty, freshly-prepared breakfast, mouth-watering lunch or rest mid-afternoon with a refreshing 'cuppa' and a slice of homemade cake in the two eateries, the Restaurant and Coffee Shop, where the food and drink served are freshly prepared.

cid:image082.jpg@01D374DE.1EAAAD20British Ironwork Centre

Whitehall Aston, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 4JH

Sunday 28th July 2019  10am - 4pm

£1.00 in aid of Hope House Children’s Hospices. Free Parking

Summer Plant Hunters’ Fair at the British Ironwork Centre. This is a special fund-raising event for Hope House Children’s Hospices, with the £1.00 entrance fee going to this very deserving cause. It’s just the right time to pick up some Summer flowering plants to give your garden a boost and the nurseries will have just the right plant for your garden with nurseries specialising in plants of all sizes for a wide range of garden situations from hot sun to cool shade. The British Ironworks Centre not only boasts a working smithy and a showroom featuring the biggest choice of quality British ironware for both indoors and garden use but also the Shropshire Sculpture Park featuring a safari in ironwork that has to be seen to be believed! The venue has lots to see and explore with something for all ages, plus the bonus of a great Plant Hunters Fair to enjoy!

Donington Le Heath 1620’s House and Garden

Donington Le Heath, Coalville Leics LE67 2FW

Sunday 4th August 2019  10am - 4pm 

SPECIAL FUND-RAISING EVENT for Donington Le Heath 1620’s House & Garden: Entry to Gardens & Plant Fair only £1.00 Free Parking

End of season Plant Sale - our final All Day Sale of 2018 Sun 7th Oct

posted 2 Oct 2018, 01:06 by Erica Thomson

Visit us at the Botanic Garden, Wollaton Hall on Sunday 7th October 10am to 4pm, free entry, wheelchair accessible and dogs welcome.
Our Garden is full of late colour and we still have plenty hardy plants for sale grown by members as well as those grown in the Garden. Many bargains! Last chance for limited free tickets for our October meeting. 



Felley Priory Plant Fair 7 October

posted 1 Oct 2018, 05:32 by Barbara Riley

Plant Heritage host the last of their four annual plant fairs this coming Sunday, 7 October, between 11am and 4pm.  Felley Priory is at Underwood, Nottinghamshire, and is on the A608 about half a mile west of junction 27 of the M1.  Entrance £5 for adults, no charge for children.  Sorry, but there is no admittance for dogs.  For more information telephone 07763 189771

NGS GARDEN OPEN on SUNDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER - TIME 12 md to 5 pm

posted 28 Aug 2018, 23:15 by Erica Thomson

SPRING BANK HOUSE,
84, KIRKBY ROAD,
SUTTON IN ASHFIELD,
NOTTINGHAM,
NG17 1GH

ADMISSION £3 Children free 
Not suitable for wheelchairs 
HOMEMADE TEAS

HONEY FOR SALE

PLANT STALL - Our member, Mary Thomas of Piecemeal Plants, will be selling plants from her Nursery. 
Several members of our Group will be helping with refreshments and in the garden, so you will see some familiar faces.

Visitors are amazed to find this wonderful hidden garden, full of unusual plants, shrubs and trees, large pond and water feature, smaller wildlife pond, unusual summerhouse, paths meander around revealing new vistas and ornaments. Plenty of seating areas to sit, absorb and relax. A short flight of steps with handrails leads down on to the garden which is mostly level. 
Beehives are in the garden but they are very calm colonies and the Beekeeper is usually on hand to answer any queries. 
See photos of the Garden in June here

Kirkby Road is busy, buses pass the property, residents park their cars on the road. Look out for yellow NGS signs and our bunting. 
Some parking on Kirkby Road or side streets. Passengers can be dropped off outside the property and drivers can pull up to collect passengers on leaving.

Buses depart Victoria bus station and a stop is located about 50yds from the house on Kirkby Road, please check with the bus station timetables and office as some buses are more direct than others which travel all around the villages. 

Directions: Take A38 to Sutton in Ashfield, turn onto Station Road, after passing a retail area turn Left onto High Pavement and continue to a mini roundabout, go straight on to Kirkby Road, Spring Bank House is on the right.  

Please pass on this information to your friends.
We hope to see you there.

Open Garden Sutton-on-Trent Sun 26th Aug

posted 21 Aug 2018, 07:46 by Erica Thomson

HPS Nottingham members Sue & Graham Goodwin-King are opening their garden this Sunday 26th August from 1pm to 5pm for the NGS. Admission £3.50 for adults. 
Mature ½ acre garden on the site of a Victorian flower nursery, now a series of well planted areas each with its own character. Exotics courtyard with late summer colour. Iron balcony overlooking the pond and oriental style gravel garden. Black and white garden. Walled potager. Fernery and hidden courtyard. Lawns, borders and charming sitting places.

In 2016, whilst making the exotic garden, a large capped-off well was discovered, which has been restored and made into a lovely feature. Surprisingly, it has blended in well with the cannas, gingers and bananas.
Easy access on level ground; wheelchairs can get to all areas. Well-behaved dogs welcomed.
Home-made teas.
The Poplars, 60 High Street, Sutton-on-Trent, Newark, Nottinghamshire    NG23 6QA

French Rivers and Gardens Cruise with garden writer and broadcaster Tony Russell

posted 8 Aug 2018, 14:34 by Erica Thomson   [ updated 8 Aug 2018, 14:34 ]

Members will remember Tony Russell who gave a fascinating talk to our Group in March this year. He has sent us information attached below about a Cruise which you may be interested in. September 2019

Photos of recent NGS Garden Opening

posted 13 Jul 2018, 13:32 by Erica Thomson   [ updated 14 Jul 2018, 00:46 ]

A small group of our members helped out at the Garden Opening for NGS at Peter Robinson's amazing Garden on 17th June. You can see a selection of Nigel King's photos here.
His garden in Sutton in Ashfield will be open again for the NGS on 2nd September, so hope to see you there!

"Open Garden Evening" at The Botanic Garden, Wollaton Hall NG8 2AE, Friday 1st June

posted 27 May 2018, 14:48 by Erica Thomson   [ updated 27 May 2018, 14:48 ]

Sunday opening
The Garden will be open from 6.00pm until 8.00pm and we will serve complimentary wine, soft drinks and nibbles. You will be able to have a leisurely wander around our garden in the company of your fellow hardy plant enthusiasts. We hope to also welcome members friends and families, other gardening groups and anyone interested in joining us for a celebration of plants and gardening. Please pass on this information to anyone you think will be interested.

Plants grown in the Garden and donated by members will be for sale and you can also stock up on our lovely range of greetings cards.  The proceeds of these popular sales go towards maintaining the Garden and supporting our Winter Programme of talks.

You'll find the Garden hidden away behind the Coaching Courtyard on the Hall side of the buildings. The main gates into the Garden are tucked into the corner adjoining the Coaching/Stable block on the Hall side. An even more hidden doorway can be entered underneath the “veranda” in the outer courtyard. It is possible to drive into the outer courtyard to drop off anyone in your party with mobility issues. 

There is no charge for this event but you will need to pay for parking and the attendants are very diligent. Don’t get caught out! 
We look forward to seeing you there.

Do come and join us - and please bring a friend!

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