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Flower Power Fairs 2017

posted 15 Mar 2017, 01:17 by Erica Thomson   [ updated 15 Mar 2017, 01:17 ]
Dear Notts HPS Group

Welcome to Flower Power Fairs 2017.   I hope you’ve all had a good winter, perhaps taken a holiday and now are ready to get cracking in your garden.
As I write this I can see that the toads and frogs are “busy” in the pond outside my window and all the birds are beginning to get flirty with one another.  The miniature Iris, snowdrops and crocus are out and my camellia has been flowering for several weeks now.
We start the season on Sunday 26 March at Holme Pierrepont Hall just outside Nottingham and renowned for its delightful spring garden.  There will be a wonderful collection of plant specialists there including Piecemeal Plants who always has a wonderful collection of spring plants, many of them very unusual and all grown at her nursery in Leicestershire.  We shall also have two new nurseries at Holme Pierrepont so I hope you give them a warm welcome.   Dogs welcome.  Admission £3.00
Then we return to wonderful Newburgh Priory in Coxwold, North Yorkshire on Sunday 9 April.  I have to confess that this is one of my favourites.  I love the whole estate, its always teeming with wild life and its where I usually see the first swallow of the summer.  As always there is a fabulous collection of plant specialists attending offering every type of plant, shrub or spring flowering bulbs so don’t forget to come early for the best choices.  Dogs are more than welcome too.  Admission £3.00
Easter Sunday takes Flower Power Fairs up to Holker Hall in Cumbria.  So Sunday 16 April and we shall be set up in the car park not far from the café/restaurant and of course admission is free of charge.  We partner the Farmers’ Market which is held in the courtyard so why not have a trip to this delightful estate.  The gardens (usual admission) are well worth a visit and if you’re a member of the HHA, then entry is free for you.  Dogs welcome in the park.
We’ve a brand new delightful garden and park to explore on Sunday 7 May down in the Midlands.  I first visited the wonderful Chillington Hall near Brewood 3 years ago and then returned last year to view the magnificent park, lake and bridges designed by Mr Capability Brown.  The fair is a new venture for the estate and I hope you will support us there.  The woods will be awash with bluebells and although the garden is only small, it's a lovely place to wander through.  Admission £4.00 for gardens, grounds, park, lake and plant fair.

We return to Rode Hall in Cheshire but on aSATURDAY this year. Saturday 20 May.  The fair will be held in front of the Hall and I’m delighted to welcome back the Cheshire area of Plant Heritage who always bring an amazing collection of plants taken from their own gardens. Reduced admission £3.00 for gardens, grounds and fair.  No dogs in the gardens please.
The May Bank Holiday weekend offers you two wonderful places to visit – Raby Castle near Staindrop, not too far from Darlington and Durham, on B H Sunday 28 May with not only plants for sale but also quality gifts, cards, photographs and food.  Admission to the park, gardens and plant Fair £5.00. 
....and the delightful award winning gardens of Sutton Park play host to our fair on the Bank Holiday Monday 29May.  Admission to the gardens, grounds and plant fair £3.50.  Dogs welcome.
June and July delights include Sandon Hall, Staffs, Wassand Hall and Dalton Hall in East Yorkshire, the wonderful gardens of Ness Hall, North Yorkshire and the very exciting Wynyard Hall Walled Garden in Teeside, Lytham Hall, Lancs and a delightful private garden at Coverham Abbey, near Middleham, Yorkshire Dales. 
If you visit the website you will find all the dates, details and post codes to all the plant fairs, or you can download our brochure here
I’m looking forward to meeting you all again.  If there is a particular plant that you’re looking for, please do contact me and I’ll ask the experts if they grow them.
See you in March, April, May or June?
Judy Popley
Flower Power Fairs