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Toby's Garden and Harvest Festival
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Toby’s Garden & Harvest festival

September 15 - September 16

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After a successful first year in September 2017, we can’t wait to do it all again! So mark the 15th and 16th September 2018 in your diary and join us for celebrity garden talks in the magnificent Great Hall, harvest-themed workshops in the Demo Teepee on everything you can make and do with you crops. Plus we will be repeating our popular tours of the garden at Forde Abbey, and for the children, the Higher Being circus skills will be back along with the Pomona Apple Press. Don’t forget to bring your windfalls for pressing! Join Toby Buckland, Alys Fowler, Jim Buttress, Matt Biggs from Radio 4’s Gardeners Question Time, The Blue Peter Gardener, Lee Connolly and John Challis, the actor best-known for playing Boycie in Only Fools and Horses.

Highlights include:

On Sunday 16th September Alex Metcalf, aka the Tree Listener, as seen on BBC One’s ‘My Passion for Trees’ with Judi Dench will be hooking up to one of Forde Abbey’s magnificent trees with his sensitive microphones so visitors can hear the inner rumblings of the tree at work.

Also new for 2018, Lillie O’Brien from London Borough of Jam is in the Demo Tipi on Saturday 15th September to demystify the art of making preserves while West Country-based Vigo Presses will be showing how to crush, press, dry and steam your apples and berry crops. Award-winning Bristol photographer Andrew Maybury is leading hour-long photography workshops both days of the festival or if you fancy a mediative moment, head to The Knitting Tent where you learn how to knit and crochet or sit down with WildHive and craft a beautiful flower from paper. In the Demo Tipi, there are demo’s both days on flower-farming from Georgie Newbury of Common Farm Flowers, weeds you can eat from Candide the garden app and making the most of your veg crops with nearby Trill Farm. You can try you hand at wreath making with Catherine Nix from My Scented Home.

On the Top Lawn Somerset artist Serena de la Hey’s giant willow head, woven to raise awareness and much needed funds to repair M5 Willow Man, will be on display – step inside and enjoy the view!

Advance adult tickets cost £10 from www.tobygardenfest.co.uk or £12.50 on the day, family and child tickets also available.

Garden Talks, Tours & Demo around the festival (FREE except where stated)

Saturday 15th September

All day – Jam & Pickle Surgery – Bunnies’ Love are here with trouble-shooting advice on making delicious chutneys, pickles and jam. TOP LAWN.

All day –  Scything with Chris Riley – Dorset trainer Chris demonstrates scything techniques and offers advice on long grass management, and also selling a range of scythes. EAST LAWN.

All day – Circus Skills – Learn stilt-walking, aerial loop and tight-roping or have a go at at juggling, hula-hooping and plate-spinning! BEHIND THE ABBEY.

All day – Try out Vigo Presses range of crushers and presses and discover how to dry and steam your home-grown fruit for juice and cordials. EAST LAWN.

All day – Learn to knit, crochet or make a friendship bracelet in the knitting tent. TOP LAWN.

All day – Paper Flower Making with WildHive – handcraft a realistic bloom from paper that never needs watering or dead-heading. (Ages, 11-plus) ARTISAN MARQUEE.

All day – Apple Pressing – Buy or bring your own apples to make juice with the Pomona. BEHIND THE ABBEY.

All day – Have a Go Archery – with a variety of modern & traditional bows and targets to try (Age 5 +).

11am – Photography Taster – Award-winning photographer Andrew Maybury explains technique composition and lighting for better pics of your garden. £15 HERBACEOUS BORDERS.

12pm – Making Meadows – Find out how to grow a meadow with Paul Jupp from Meadow in My Garden. Meet at the Meadow Swirl.

12.30pm – Tree Tour Kevin Croucher of Thornhayes Nursery takes you on a tour of Forde Abbey’s rare and unusual trees. MEET at PLANT CRECHE.

 

Sunday 16th September

All day – Tree Listening – Tune in to the inner workings of the trees with Alex Metcalf’s sensitive microphones which pick up the inner rumblings of the xylem at work. TOP LAWN.

All day – Scything with Chris Riley – Dorset trainer Chris demonstrates scything techniques and offers advice on long grass management, and also selling a range of scythes. EAST LAWN.

All day – Circus Skills – Learn stilt-walking, aerial loop and tight-roping or have a go at at juggling, hula-hooping and plate-spinning! BEHIND THE ABBEY.

All day – Try out Vigo Presses range of crushers and presses and discover how to dry and steam your home-grown fruit for juice and cordials. EAST LAWN.

All day – Learn to knit, crochet or make a friendship bracelet in the knitting tent. TOP LAWN.

All day – Paper Flower Making with WildHive – handcraft a realistic bloom from paper that never needs watering or dead-heading. (Ages, 11-plus) ARTISAN MARQUEE.

All day – Apple Pressing – Buy or bring your own apples to make juice with the Pomona. BEHIND THE ABBEY.

All day – Kitchen Garden Tasters – Gardener Ollie Hone shares advice and tasters from Forde Abbey’s bountiful kitchen borders. WALLED GARDEN.

11am – Photography Taster – Award-winning photographer Andrew Maybury explains technique composition and lighting for better pics of your garden. £15 HERBACEOUS BORDERS.

12pm – Making Meadows – Find out how to grow a meadow with Paul Jupp from Meadow in My Garden. Meet at the Meadow Swirl.

12.30pm – Tree Tour Kevin Croucher of Thornhayes Nursery takes you on a tour of Forde Abbey’s rare and unusual trees. MEET at PLANT CRECHE.

 

Demo Tipi Talk Times

Saturday 15th September

10.30am – Get Jamming – Lillie O’Brien on making perfect conserves, heavy on fruity flavour and low on sugar.

11.15am – Eat Your Enemies – Aldetha Raymond from Candide gardening app reveals flavoursome weeds you can eat.

12.30pm – Avoiding Plastics in the garden with Sally Nex.

1.30pm – Wreath Making – Catherine Nix from My Scented Home shows how to make a seasonal wreath from wheat.

2.30pm – Artisan Charcuterie Demo – Local chef Ed Versluys from Mello View shares his tips learnt from running his Dorset small holding for an afternoon of charcuterie. With their own special blend of spices and seasoning, Ed’s recipes can be adapted with different aromatics, meats and cuts to make unique presents and something to be shared around the table.

 

Sunday 16th September

10.30am –  Cut Flower Growing – Which flowers to sow for home-grown not-flown cut flowers and hand-tied demo with Georgie Newbery.

11.15am – Eat Your Enemies – Aldetha Raymond from Candide gardening app reveals flavoursome weeds you can eat.

12.30pm – Avoiding Plastics in the garden with Sally Nex.

1.30pm – Composting & Compost Teas – Forde Abbey’s head gardener Joshua Sparkes talks compost teas and the science behind soil health.

2.30pm – Trill Farm Cookery Demo – Old Dairy Kitchen chef Chris Onions and Trill Farm gardener Ashley Wheeler – what to grow for unique veggie dishes fresh from your plot.

 

Details

Start:
September 15
End:
September 16
Website:
https://tobygardenfest.co.uk

Venue

Forde Abbey
Forde Abbey
Chard, Somerset TA20 4LU United Kingdom
Phone:
01460 220231
Website:
FordeAbbey.co.uk

Organiser

Toby Buckland
Phone:
07561 261615
Email:
info@tobybuckland.com
Website:
http://tobygardenfest.co.uk