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Tulips in Spring

Tulips in Spring

They’re the welcome burst of colour in the Spring before the garden really gets going. And with such variety, that ordering the bulbs in October gets more involved with every year. What started out as a display of 13,000 bulbs back in 2013 has rapidly grown to over...
Meet the team

Meet the team

Introducing Joshua Sparkes, our new head gardener (crouching down in the photo of the gardening team). At 10.30am most days, you’ll find a neat line of boots outside the kitchen as the team down tools in search of a mid morning coffee – the perfect time to catch...
May Newsletter

May Newsletter

Spring is in full swing, with a beautiful display of blossom, buds and blooms. It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy a wander in the gardens and pick up some planting inspiration in the nursery. Talk tulips with Anna Pavord later in the month and some dates...
Save a South West Icon

Save a South West Icon

In 2018 we’re helping to launch a campaign to secure the future of the iconic M5 willow man who strides alongside the motorway near junction 23 at Bridgwater. Created by artist Serena de la Hey in 2000 as part of The Year of the Artist the willow man was conceived as...
March Newsletter

March Newsletter

It’s breathtakingly cold, and looking at the forecast for the end of the week, we’ve taken the decision to close the gardens on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd March due to possible snow and icy conditions. Please check our social channels for updates,...
February Newsletter

February Newsletter

The garden is beginning to wake up from its Winter slumber with swathes of snowdrops in abundance, the beginnings of a crocus carpet, Winter sweet, camellias, hellebores and mahonia in bloom. Along with the first signs of Spring, there’s plenty of dates in the...
Growing happiness

Growing happiness

Sandwiched between the Christmas cheer in December and the promise of Spring, as it slowly starts to reveal itself in February, January can seem a lack lustre month. But now is the time for gathering resources. For browsing seed catalogues and making a ‘wish list’ for...
Jobs in the garden in January

Jobs in the garden in January

The camellias are in bloom already and the snowdrops and hellebores are starting to make an appearance, not in the swathes that will line the drive and pathways in February, but slowly one-by-one, adding colour to the cheeks and fleshing out the bare bones of Winter....
Artists in residence.

Artists in residence.

A landscape of Objects, Residency Exhibition 22nd September – 31 October Earlier this year, the Flow Gallery in collaboration with Somerset Art Works and with the support of The Arts Council grants arranged two residencies of one week for artists who work in...
Volunteer & make a difference

Volunteer & make a difference

Working as a volunteer in the garden can be hugely rewarding and could involve anything from planting to pruning, to digging to weeding. It’s a great way to spend some time outdoors, meet new people and an opportunity to really make a difference. If you have green...
A landscape of Objects

A landscape of Objects

On a cold and crisp day earlier this year, Katie Spragg and a group of artists donned welly boots, hats and gloves and enjoyed a wander around the gardens. Inspired by their visit, they returned to their studios and made a collection of objects and installations that...
Toby’s Festival Programme

Toby’s Festival Programme

Throughout the Festival, we have hands-on practical demonstrations running in our Demo Yurt and around Forde Abbey, including in the beautiful Walled Kitchen Garden at Forde Abbey. Covering a range of country crafts and what-to-do-now topics, our experts will show a...
Toby’s Garden and Harvest Festival

Toby’s Garden and Harvest Festival

16th and 17th September In just over a week’s time, we’ll be revelling in all the fun and flavours of the season, as well as showcasing the skills that shape our gardens and rural crafts of the region. It’s a two-day celebration of gardening and harvest hosted by Toby...
Creating a corner of wildness

Creating a corner of wildness

One of the highlights in the garden this Summer has been a corner of wildness – interlocking wildflower swirls woven with a mix of over thirty different blooms providing pollen and nectar for butterflies and bees and a long lasting display with a succession of...
A landscape of Objects

A landscape of Objects

Inspired by the the landscape of Forde Abbey, three artists have created a series of installations that echo the theme and textures of the garden and its history. Using willow they’ve grown themselves, Anne Marie O’Sullivan and Tom McWalter have woven a...
Sweet pea Update

Sweet pea Update

Over the Summer months, the kitchen garden at Forde Abbey is filled with the gentle scent of sweet peas, an abundance of over eighty varieties lining the pathways on their twiggy supports and providing armfuls of cut flowers to display around the house and to make...