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2019 Flower Power Fairs newsletter

posted 7 Mar 2019, 01:19 by Erica Thomson
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Welcome to the 2019 Flower Power Fairs newsletter.  I hope you all had a very merry Christmas with lots of family and friends around and perhaps some nice garden related presents.  The snowdrops are out in my garden in Cheshire and there are lots of bulbs popping up all over the place, the birds are beginning to pair off and the robins are fiercely guarding the feed stations I have in different parts of the garden.
I’m hoping that all the different bird boxes I bought from Gardening with Wildlife will be full of youngsters this spring.
Flower Power Fairs is delighted to welcome many new exhibitors to the fairs this year including Seeds To Sow, Lizzie Weaver, The Tiny Plant Company, Crafty Plants, The Alpine Garden Society – Cleveland Group, Easiworks (Autism Plus), Cottage Garden Plants, Elmlea Plants, Lawn Hero, Andrea’s Anvil, PlantWild and Trebor Plants.  I hope you will make them all feel very welcome and buy some of their products.
Flower Power Fairs kicks off the 2019 Spring with our annual fair at Holme Pierrepont Hall just 3 miles from the centre of Nottingham. 

Holme Pierrepont Hall  Sunday 24 March 
11am-4pm.  Admission £4.00
The fair will feature nearly 20 stands – all locally based and all offering some wonderful plants, bulbs, shrubs and trees.  The beauty of any plant fair is you get the opportunity to chat to the growers and learn more about the plants they’re selling.  The gardens are renown for their Spring displays and you can wander through the old water meadows and into the woods too.  Admission £4.00 (dogs welcome in gardens and fair).  Advance tickets available online.

Sandon Hall   Sunday 7th April
Admission £4.00 
Open 11am – 4pm 
We have a new April plant fair at Sandon Hall in Staffordshire and this has proved to be a hit with the Midlands plant nurseries too.  So another full house of great stands will be there on the lawns beside the conservatory.  Admission £4.00.  Dogs welcome in the park only. 

Newburgh Priory – Sunday 14 April 
Admission £4.00
The following Sunday we shall be up at Newburgh Priory in North Yorkshire – one of my favourite places as it has the most perfect setting with the lake and Sutton Bank beyond, over 40 acres of mature woodland and gardens to explore and yummy home made cakes and savouries.  The fairs here are always well supported and we have a large number of quality stands there including the aforementioned Gardening with Wildlife.  Admission £4.00.  Dogs welcome in the gardens and fair. 
Holker Hall Spring Plant Fair  Sunday 21 April
10.30am – 4.00pm  Free admission to the plant fair
Easter Sunday and we shall be up in Cumbria at Holker Hall & Gardens running the fair alongside the Producers’ Market so you get a really good show of plants, garden related items, local Lake District foods and drink.  And its all free!  Dogs welcome in the fair but not in the garden (admission charged).
Ness Hall Spring Fair  Bank Holiday Monday 6 May
11am – 4pm  Admission £4.00
May brings us back to the wonderful private garden of Mr & Mrs Murray Wells at Ness Hall, East Ness not far from Nunnington.  This is just a breathtakingly beautiful garden, with little nooks and crannies, a herbaceous border, vegetable garden, wild garden, the rill garden and a wisteria arcade (unlikely to be in flower this early in the season).  The fair takes place in the pony paddock which has now been turned into a lovely area surrounded by old buildings and the Bothy.  Admission £4.00.  Please leave your dog at home for this event. 

Cedarbarn Farm Shop  Sunday 19th May
Open from 11am
Free Admission
Cedarbarn Farm shop, Café and Miniature Railway on the A170 near Pickering is a new venue for Flower Power Fairs this year.  I was approached by Karl Avison, the owner, as he is raising money for McMillan Nurses this year and will hopefully be one of the successful jockeys to be invited to race at York Races on behalf of the charity so please be generous when we rattle the bucket at you!   The fair will be arranged around the garden and miniature railway and you will be able to pick your own asparagus.  Admission is free.
Rode Hall  Bank Holiday Monday 27 May
11.00am – 4.00pm   Admission £4.00
The Whit Monday Bank Holiday brings us back to Cheshire and to Rode Hall.  With the wonderful weather last year we were taken somewhat by surprise and had nearly 1000 visitors to the fair and gardens.  The owners were delighted that we had so much support from the Cheshire gardeners and I hope you all enjoyed yourselves and that all your plants are thriving.   The gardens are always looking particularly colourful at this time of the year with vast swathes of azaleas, rhododendrons and bluebells.  Admission (reduced for the fair) is £4.00 for both the fair and the gardens.

SALMESBURY HALL – Sunday 2nd June
11.00am to 4.00pm
Admission to Hall and Fair is £2
June delights include another new venue, this time in Lancashire where we visit the delightful black and white house at Salmesbury Hall.  There used to be a plant fair held here over 3 years ago by Sue Gillon of Meadowview Plants but due to family commitments Sue stopped organising it.  She contacted me last year and suggested I approach Salmesbury and they were thrilled to have a plant fair back.  You will be able to meet Sue and her wonderful plant stand at Salmesbury alongside some other interesting stands from the local area.  Admission £2.00 which includes the gardens.  Dogs welcome.

Sandon Hall   Sunday 9 June
11.00am – 4.00pm   Admission £4.00
Another full compliment of plant growers and nurseries will be at Sandon Hall to welcome you to this delightful garden.  Linda Scott Hardy Plants, North Staffordshire Hostas and Ferns, LBJ Plants, Ruth Plant, Penmere Plants and the Staffordshire Hardy Plant Society will be some of the nurseries attending this event.  Spread over 25 acres the gardens offer outstanding views across the Staffordshire landscape and have a large collection of flowering shrubs including azaleas, rhododendrons and magnolia. 
Refreshments will be served in the Conservatory. 
Sion Hill Hall  Sunday 16 June
11.00am – 4.00pm  Admission £5.00
We also return to Sion Hill Hall near Thirsk for our second fair there.  Visitors last year were amazed at the beauty and diversity of the gardens (private and never normally open to the public) and also the standard of plants on sale by the plant specialists.  There is a small tea room in the old stables and this is strictly a dog free event as there are several magnificent peacocks who live here.  Admission £5.00 with all proceeds going to the maintenance of the House & Gardens held in the H W Mawer Charitable Trust.

Constable Burton Hall   Sunday 7th July
11:00am to 4:00pm
Admission £5

We held plant fairs here at Constable Burton Hall some years ago so I am delighted to announce that we are returning to this beautiful garden and property at the beginning of July.  A change in garden opening for 2019 means that you will only be able to visit when they hold a special event and this is the July special event. The fair will be held on the lawns beside the house (not open to the public) and will feature a host of specialist plant nurseries and a handful of garden accessory stands too. Catering will be provided by the Constable Burton chef and admission will include the plant fair, garden and grounds. Sunday 7 July Admission £5.00, children free, catering available, no dogs please.

Just two plant fairs in July this season as South Dalton Hall, Coverham Abbey and Worsall Hall take a break but hopefully all will be back in 2020.  So we make a welcome return to Constable Burton Hall near Leyburn to view their lovely garden and to enjoy the peaceful surroundings outside their magnificent John Carr house. Admission £5.00, dogs welcome.  The house won't be open.  Wynyard Hall up in Teesside is now a firm favourite and offers you the most magnificent Walled Gardens to explore with thousands of roses and scented herbaceous plants.  As an added bonus we shall also have the Farmers’ Market open in the morning in the car park beside the Gardens so come early!  We open at 10am-5.00pm here so it's a long day for the exhibitors.  Admission £5.50 adults, concessions vary but you can buy your tickets online for a reduction. 
August sees a return to Holker Hall and Newburgh Priory. 
Sunday, 21st July at Wynyard Hall
Bank Holiday Sunday, 25th August at Holker Hall
Bank Holiday Monday, 26th August at Newburgh Priory
All details about the fairs and the gardens are on the website, www.flowerpowerfairs.co.uk.    I’m very much looking forward to greeting you all this year. Fingers crossed for good weather.
Judy Popley
Flower Power Fairs