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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...
Veg Growing Tips

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...
Jobs to do in the garden

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...
Sweet pea supports

Sweet pea supports

Last week Danny set about making a series of sweet pea supports for 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,...
Garden Photography

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...
How to: sweet peas

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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