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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 set of willow...

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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...

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Veg Growing Tips

The weeds have started to grow, a sure sign Danny say that it's time to direct sow flowers and veg. But if you want to enjoy homegrown before someone else gets there first, you'll need a few tricks up your sleeve. Here's some hard-won knowledge that might be of some...

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Jobs to do in the garden

Now's the time to be sowing seeds, both flowers and vegetables, directly in the ground. If the weeds start growing, Danny, our gardener, is always of the mind that's it's a sure sign the ground is warm enough. For flowers, you can sow them using a variety of methods -...

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Sweet pea supports

Last week Danny set about making a series of sweet pea supports for the the kitchen garden - something for the sweet peas to scramble up when they’re planted out in a few weeks time, at the beginning of April. He used coppiced hazel - 8 foot in length, choosing ones...

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Garden Photography

The snowdrops and crocus are starting to make an appearance and Spring is most definitely on its way. To help you capture some magical moments in the garden this year, award-winning photographer, Andrew Maybury shares some of his trusted tips and techniques.  Light is...

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How to: sweet peas

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...

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