A bumper harvest is coming to Toby Buckland’s new garden festival at Forde Abbey near Chard in Somerset on 16th and 17th September, in the shape of the region’s growers, bakers, chefs, willow weavers and flower farmers who are sharing their knowledge in two days of talks and workshops, along with more than 150 exhibitors selling plants, tools, sculpture, crafts and artisan food and drink.
Headlining in Forde Abbey’s Great hall on Saturday is Charlie Dimmock of BBC Ground Force fame, and on Sunday BBC One Show gardener Christine Walkden is sharing her vast knowledge of grow your own, along with talk on garden bulbs, making meadows, growing dahlias, edible and cut flowers.
Festival host Toby says, ” Welcome to my new festival! Whether you want to watch or get hands on, there is loads to see and do as we’re revelling in all the fun and flavours of the season, as well as showcasing the skills that shape our gardens and the rural crafts of the region. With its stunning walled kitchen garden, lakes and abundant herbaceous borders, Forde Abbey is the perfect location for our harvest festivities.”
Highlights at Toby’s Garden and Harvest Festival include:
Tickets £10 in advance online, under- 16’s free, £8.50 for groups more than 10 and garden clubs, £12.50 on the gate.
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th 10am – 5pm at Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset, TA20 4LU.
The celebrity talks which run on both days of the festival will take place inside this historic building, in the Great Hall and in the Chapel.
Please see Toby’s website for full details of tickets and talks.