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!
Highlights from our 2017 festival included:
We were thrilled to have two great ladies of gardening join us at Forde Abbey. BBC One Shows Christine Walkden and Charlie Dimmock dispensed their garden wisdom and entertained the crowds in the Speakers’ Hall.
Workshops in the Demo Teepee
On Forde Abbey’s top lawn, we had out Demo Teepee with two-days of demos and workshops with experts sharing their knowledge of harvest crafts, including fermenting, natural dyes and botanical soap making. Around the grounds were daily tours of the trees, meadow and head gardener tours of the Abbey’s walled garden.
Plants, Craft and Food
More than 150 exhibitors attended, bringing with them a tempting mix of seasonal plants including roses, camellias, herbaceous perennials, herbs and heuchera, along with garden tools and sculpture, and a wide range of home-made craft.