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Garden Open for NGS Sunday 20th June 2021

posted 11 June 2021 by Erica Thomson

HPS Nottingham Group members Sue and Graham Goodwin King are opening their garden again for the NGS on Sunday 20th June from 1300 to 17.30. Bookings can be made online - or just turn up and pay at the gate (£4 for adults only). Home-made cakes in variety plus fresh scones. Plant stall by Plantazia of Lincoln. Link to website is https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/30402

60 High Street, Sutton On Trent, Nottinghamshire, NG23 6QA

01636 821240

07774 526309

(This view of the garden appears on the front of the Notts/Derby NGS booklet this year)

Local Gardens Open for NGS 29-30th May and 6th June

posted 28 May 2021 by Erica Thomson


This weekend, NGS have a group garden opening, and they're open Saturday and Sunday. Sutton Bonington Gardens, Nottinghamshire, LE12 5PE comprises 3 village gardens, all located at the north end of the village, just a few minutes walk from each other. Piecemeal (the garden of one of our members, Mary Thomas) has a tiny walled garden and small conservatory, both filled with a wide variety of unusual plants. Forge Cottage garden, is reclaimed from a blacksmith’s yard and a little larger, and has vibrant curved herbaceous borders. 118 Main Street is large with well-established trees and varied planting as well as an orchard/wildflower meadow. Varied features including Japanese-inspired seating area, redesigned patio with water feature as well as more traditional established borders surrounding lawn and pond. There is also an attractive greenhouse.

For this open day you can pre-book your tickets in advance, but it is not essential, as you can just turn up and pay on the day.

Home-made teas at Forge Cottage and 118 Main Street.

Admission to all 3 gardens: Adult: £6.00 Child: Free

Gardens open Saturday 29th May, and Sunday 30th May 14:00 - 18:00

NGS link https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/42598


Whatton House, Long Whatton, Loughborough, Leicestershire

Come explore our tranquil gardens. Often described by visitors as a hidden gem, this 15 acre C19 Country House garden is a relaxing experience for all the family. Listen to the birds, and enjoy walking through the many fine trees, spring bulbs and shrubs, large herbaceous border, traditional rose garden, ornamental ponds and lawns.

Sunday 6th June 11:30am - 6pmP re-booking available

For this open day you can pre-book your tickets in advance, but it is not essential. Click on the yellow book now button below or you can just turn up and pay on the day. Light refreshments.

Admission: Adult: £5.00 Child: Free

NGS link https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/2130


Flower Power Fairs - Calendar 2021

posted 28 Apr 2021 by Erica Thomson

Dear Plant enthusiast

We are quickly moving from a wonderful April into May so I thought a quick update on the fairs and what to expect would be helpful for you all.

Newburgh Priory

Bank Holiday Sunday 2 May we will be at Newburgh Priory, Coxwold YO61 4AS

We open from 11am – 4pm. Admission is £4.00 per person, card or cash on the gate. If cash, please try to bring the correct amount to eliminating any cross-contamination for yourselves. I shall be providing a disinfectant water bath for you to place your money into. This then disinfects the coins or notes you place in and also disinfects your fingers as you put the money in.

Catering will be provided outside. Toilets will be in the Priory. We ask you to wear a mask when entering any building. The Priory will not be open. There will be 22 stands attending. Details of who is attending can be found on my website: See blog. www.flowerpowerfairs.co.uk

Ness Hall

Sunday 9 May

East Ness, near Slingsby YO62 5XD.

Admission £5.00 (proceeds to charity) CASH only. Open 11am-4pm. Please bring the right amount to aid a speedy entry into the plant fair. NO DOGS please as this is a private family garden.

Catering will be outside, toilets in the usual place. We ask you to wear a mask when entering any building. There will be 12 stands attending (we are limited for space here due to Covid 19) and details of who is attending will, again, be on my website.

Wynyard Hall

Sunday 16 May 10am – 5pm

Billingham, TS22 5NF.

PREBOOK YOUR TICKETS VIA Wynyard Hall website please: www.wynyardhall.co.uk

Admission £5.50 for all, children rates available. For those of you with season tickets, entry will be £3.00. Catering and toilet facilities will be available, again masks must be worn inside. We have a full complement of plant nurseries and accessories attending. Further details will appear on my website nearer the time.

Kiplin Hall & Gardens

Sunday, May 30th - 11am - 4pm

Bank Holiday Sunday 30 May NEW VENUE

Richmond, North Yorkshire DL10 6AT

Utterly charming House, walled garden, gardens, grounds and lake. We shall be holding the plant fair within the Orchard. Admission will be £3.00 and on presentation of your plant fair ticket, you will receive reduced entry to the Hall and Gardens. Catering and toilet facilities will be available. Masks to be worn inside buildings. I shall have 12 stands for you at Kiplin Hall, some new to Flower Power Fairs so I hope you will give them a warm welcome. Details of attendees will be on my website nearer the time.

Rode Hall & Gardens

Bank Holiday Monday 31 May

Scholar Green, Cheshire ST7 3QP

Reduced admission of £4.00 to gardens, grounds and plant fair. NO dogs please. Catering will be in the cobbled courtyard beside the fair. Toilets available there too.

June

Leighton Hall

Sunday 6 June

Carnforth, Lancashire LA5 9ST

Admission includes gardens, grounds and plant fair £6.00. Concession for children. No dogs please. I will let you know if this is a Prebook event shortly. The family and I organised a “pop up plant fair” here last year and it was so well received by the Lancashire gardeners that we are returning again this year.

The fair takes place outside the hall on the gravel and visitors are able to wander through the gardens and woods at the rear of the property. There will also be Falconry demonstrations too, catering and toilets will all be open. As yet I haven’t heard whether they would like you to pre-book so bear with me on this.

Sion Hill Hall

Sunday 13 June

Kirby Wiske, Thirsk, N Yorks YO7 4EU

Admission £5.00 (all proceeds go to the Trust). No dogs please. Cash only.

A private garden, not usually open to the public, and just a delight to visit. The Arts & Crafts house (not open) is part of a Trust and the present custodian, Mr Michael Mallaby, has recreated the gardens. Roses flow over walls and hedges, peacocks strut across the lawns and there are some beautiful topiary.

The fair is held in the old stable yard and features many of the best Northern nurseries. Further details will appear on my website nearer the time.

Worsall Hall

Sunday 27 June

Low Worsall, Yarm, N Yorks TS15 9PJ

Admission £5.00 (proceeds to the MS Trust) Cash only. Another beautiful private garden featuring arcades of roses, a working kitchen and fruit garden, an orchard and intimate areas within the Walled Garden. The fair will be held within the Walled Garden, and catering is served from the Potting Shed. We are always restricted with space here so there will not be as many nurseries as at other venues, but they will all be quality ones.

July

Dates for your diary: Sunday 4 July we are up in Wensleydale at the fabulous Constable Burton Hall estate, followed by Wynyard Hall Summer fair on Sunday 16 July.

Those of you might have noticed that Coverham Abbey “disappeared” from the June listings. We have moved the date to Sunday 8 August so please come along to visit this beautiful house and garden built within the ruins of the Abbey. If nothing else, you have to see their heritage toilets! Thomas Crapper reproductions.

For up to date happenings and stories, join me on Facebook – Flowerpowerfairs, or Twitter or Instagram.

Hope to see you all soon.

Judy Popley

Flower Power Fairs

Arley View Farm

Hobbs Hill Lane

High Legh, Knutsford

Cheshire WA16 0QZ

0773 085 9441/01565 777396

jpopley@hotmail.com

www.flowerpowerfairs.co.uk

Plant Hunters’ Fairs - Calendar 2021 UPDATE

posted 26 Apr 2021 by Erica Thomson


Carsington Water Fairs Cancelled

Sorry but we have had to cancel our fairs at Carsington Water in May and August.

See Plant Fair Ticket and Entry Price Information (planthuntersfairs.co.uk) for links to ticket sales.

Please check our website regularly as tickets do sell out quickly.

Please also check our website regularly because we may have to make other changes to events.

Always check event status before travelling at www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk

May

Sun - Mon 2 - 3 Weston Park Shifnal TF11 8LE 10am-5pm Advance Ticket Only

Sat 8 Middleton Hall Tamworth B78 2AE 9am-5pm Advance Ticket Only

Sun 9 Adlington Hall Macclesfield SK10 4LF 10am-4pm Advance Ticket Only

Sat 15 Bodenham Arboretum Kidderminster DY11 5TB 10am-4pm Advance Ticket Only.

Sun 16 Norton Priory Runcorn, WA7 1SX 10am-4pm Advance Ticket Only.

Fri 21 / Sat 22 Dorothy Clive Garden Newcastle Under Lyme TF9 4EU 10am-5pm Advance Ticket Only

Sun 23 1620s House Donington Le Heath Coalville, LE67 2FW 10am-4pm Advance Ticket Only

June

Sun 6 Bramall Hall Stockport, SK7 3NX 10am-4pm Tickets TBC

Sat - Sun 12 - 13 Hodnet Hall Market Drayton TF9 3NN 10am-5pm Tickets TBC

NEW EVENT Sat 26 Thoresby Park Newark NG22 9EQ 10am-4pm (P&D parking) Free Entry TBC

Sun 27 Middleton Hall Tamworth B78 2AE 9am-5pm Tickets TBC

July

Sun 4 Whittington Castle Oswestry, SY11 4DF 10am-4pm Pay on Gate TBC

Sun 18 Cholmondeley Castle Malpas, SY14 8AH 10am-5pm Advance Ticket Only

August

Sun 1 1620s House Donington Le Heath Coalville, LE67 2FW 10am-4pm Tickets TBC

Sun 8 Southwell Minster NG25 0HD 11am-4pm Tickets TBC

Sun 15 Capesthorne Hall Macclesfield SK11 9JY 10am-5pm Advance Ticket Only

Sat 21 Middleton Hall Tamworth B78 2AE 9am-5pm Tickets TBC

Sun - Mon 29 - 30 Dorothy Clive Garden Newcastle Under Lyme TF9 4EU 10am-5pm Advance Ticket Only

September

Sat 4 Bodenham Arboretum Kidderminster DY11 5TB 10am-4pm Tickets TBC.

Sun 5 Ness Botanic Gardens Wirral, CH64 4AY 10am-4pm Tickets TBC

Sun 12 Weston Park Shifnal TF11 8LE 10am-4pm Tickets TBC

Always check event status before travelling at www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk


Nottingham Garden open for NGS 25th April 2021

posted 11 Apr 2021 by Erica Thomson

HPS Nottingham Group members Sue and Richard Bold are opening their garden on 25th April for the NGS.
Bookings have to be made on the NGS website in order to restrict numbers and facilitate social distancing.
There will be plants and refreshments for sale.


Plant Hunters’ Fairs Calendar 2021

posted 10 Apr 2021 by Erica Thomson

Janet and Martin Blow have sent us details of their Plant Fairs for 2021
When a plant fair takes place within a garden, we arrange a special reduced entry price to the garden. Some gardens on these days are half-price (or better) entry to the garden and entry to the fair is included. Other fairs are free or with a small charge or donation that all goes to maintaining the venue. See Plant Fair Ticket and Entry Price Information (planthuntersfairs.co.uk) for links to ticket sales.

Please check our website regularly as tickets do sell out quickly.
Always check event status before travelling at www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk

April
NEW EVENT Sat 17 Arley Hall & Gardens Northwich, CW9 6NA 10am-4pm Pay on Gate.
Sun 18 Sugnall Walled Garden Eccleshall ST21 6NF 10am-4pm Advance Ticket Only
Sun 25 Cholmondeley Castle Malpas, SY14 8AH 10am-5pm Advance Ticket Only

May
Sun - Mon 2 - 3 Weston Park Shifnal TF11 8LE 10am-5pm Advance Ticket Only
Sat 8 Middleton Hall Tamworth B78 2AE 9am-5pm Advance Ticket Only
Sun 9 Adlington Hall Macclesfield SK10 4LF 10am-4pm Advance Ticket Only
Sat 15 Bodenham Arboretum Kidderminster DY11 5TB 10am-4pm Free Entry No ticket required.
Sun 16 Norton Priory Runcorn, WA7 1SX 10am-4pm Free Entry No ticket needed.
Fri 21 / Sat 22 Dorothy Clive Garden Newcastle Under Lyme TF9 4EU 10am-5pm Advance Ticket Only
Sun 23 1620s House Donington Le Heath Coalville, LE67 2FW 10am-4pm Advance Ticket Only
Mon 31 Carsington Water Ashbourne DE6 1ST 10am-4pm Free Entry (P&D parking) No ticket required.

June
Sun 6 Bramall Hall Stockport, SK7 3NX 10am-4pm Tickets TBC
Sat - Sun 12 - 13 Hodnet Hall Market Drayton TF9 3NN 10am-5pm Pay on Gate
NEW EVENT Sat 26 Thoresby Park Newark NG22 9EQ 10am-4pm (P&D parking) Free Entry No ticket required.
Sun 27 Middleton Hall Tamworth B78 2AE 9am-5pm Tickets TBC

July
Sun 4 Whittington Castle Oswestry, SY11 4DF 10am-4pm Pay on Gate
Sun 18 Cholmondeley Castle Malpas, SY14 8AH 10am-5pm Tickets TBC

August
Sun 1 1620s House Donington Le Heath Coalville, LE67 2FW 10am-4pm Tickets TBC
Sun 8 Southwell Minster NG25 0HD 11am-4pm Tickets TBC
Sun 15 Capesthorne Hall Macclesfield SK11 9JY 10am-5pm Advance Ticket Only
Sat 21 Middleton Hall Tamworth B78 2AE 9am-5pm Tickets TBC
Sun 22 Carsington Water Ashbourne DE6 1ST 10am-4pm (P&D parking) Free Entry
Sun - Mon 29 - 30 Dorothy Clive Garden Newcastle Under Lyme TF9 4EU 10am-5pm Advance Ticket Only

September
Sat 4 Bodenham Arboretum Kidderminster DY11 5TB 10am-4pm Free Entry No ticket required.
Sun 5 Ness Botanic Gardens Wirral, CH64 4AY 10am-4pm Tickets TBC
Sun 12 Weston Park Shifnal TF11 8LE 10am-4pm Tickets TBC

Holme Pierrepont Hall Plant Fair 18th April 2021

posted 22 Mar 2021 by Erica Thomson

Holme Pierrepont Hall, Sunday, April 18, 2021, 11:00 AM 4:00 PM

All tickets must be booked in advance via the Holme Pierrepont website, www.holmepierreponthall.com and look for the Events page.

The fair at Holme Pierrepont will be held on the lawns in front of the Hall and will feature many of the best individual plant nurseries from the Midlands & the North including several new plant nurseries too.

As those of you know who attend the Flower Power Fairs, the nurseries always offer you a choice of plants and shrubs, and advice on how to get the very best out of the plants you buy. Some will be unusual, some even rare, but all have been grown by the people who sell them and offer excellent value for money, locally grown with low mileage.

Holme Pierrepont has the most delightful spring garden full of snowdrops, crocus, miniature iris and unusual spring flowering shrubs and trees. Collections of Camella and interesting topiary can be found throughout the garden and the inner courtyard garden makes an attractive entrance into the Hall where the toilet facilities are. Refreshments are served throughout the day.

Please be aware the sleeping policemen as you approach the estate, just past Blotts. The canopy over the road hides an extremely “vicious” bump.

Admission £5.00 includes gardens, grounds and plant fair. Children free. Dogs welcome on leads

All proceeds go towards the continued restoration of the gardens and woodland areas.

Address is Holme Pierrepont Hall, Nottingham NG12 2LD

Local Garden Open for Snowdrops Sat 13th Feb 2021

posted 10 Feb 2021 by Erica Thomson

Nottingham Group HPS Members, Sue and Richard Bold will be opening their garden to see their collection of 550 rare varieties of snowdrops on Saturday 13th February from 10am to 4pm.

Anyone wishing to visit must book a timed slot through the NGS website ngs.org.uk

NGS Snowdrop Opening - 1 Highfield Road, Nuthall NG16 1BQ

Each year The Bolds have a number of snowdrops for sale. This year they have 100+ varieties available. There are only small numbers of each available and only one of some. If anyone would like the availability list or wishes to order, would they please contact sue.bold1@gmail.com .

Reach Southwell and Flower Pod have been chosen to take part in the Co-op Local Community Fund

posted 10 Nov 2020 by Erica Thomson

Members may remember that our first charitable donation, back in 2016, was made to Flower Pod in Southwell. The charity is a unique social enterprise that provides people with learning difficulties with the opportunity to enrich their lives through horticulture.

The charity made the following announcement a couple of days ago.

Exciting news! Reach Southwell and Flower Pod have been chosen to take part in the Co-op Local Community Fund 2020/21. Nominate us at ow.ly/fX1o50Cbfi1 to support us every time you buy Co-op branded products. Thank you! #NeverMoreNeeded

More details about Flower Pod can be found on their website. Flowerpod.org

Norwell Nurseries open for NGS on Sat 10th Oct - prebooking required

posted 30 Sept 2020 by Erica Thomson

Saturday 10th October, 2 – 5 pm.

Norwell Nurseries, Woodhouse Road, Norwell. NG23 6JX.

This outstanding Nottinghamshire Nursery is home to the National and UK’s largest collection of Hardy Chrysanthemums and is opening it doors to welcome pre-booked visitors on Saturday 10th October. Set in a one acre plantsman’s garden visitors can enjoy extensive herbaceous borders still alive with colour and movement. There are new sand-beds featuring international planting, pond, alpine and scree areas together with woodland and shady areas.

To prebook tickets, please visit www.ngs.org.uk Search for gardens open in the East Midlands area and this will take you to Norwell Nurseries, where you can pre-book entry tickets. Parking, plants for sale, wheelchair access to some areas.

More information in the pdf.

Norwell Nursery, October copy.pdf