Our 2019 Plant Fairs
All of our fairs are held at beautiful and prestigious gardens across the country, with a wide range of styles. For example, we have fairs at ancient and venerable locations such as the Bishop’s Palace, Wells, where there is evidence of a garden before building of the Palace started in around 1206, or the fabulous gardens at Llanover House, near Abergavenny, the earliest parts of which date back over 200 years. Then there are more recent gardens such as the fabulous Arts and Crafts gardens at High Glanau Manor, Monmouthshire, and at Winterbourne House, in Birmingham. Gardens in more unusual settings include the unique woodland gardens at Evenley Wood, near Brackley, and, new for 2019 the wonderful sculpture park of Sculpture by the Lakes, near Dorechester. All of these beautiful gardens provide a wonderful setting for the fairs. The gate receipts from the fairs also help to support the upkeep of the gardens, some of which are charitable trusts, and in some cases also benefit important local charities.
Click on any one of the fairs in the list at the side of the page to find full details of the event and a list of the nurseries and exhibitors attending.
Please remember that many of our exhibitors don't have card facilities, so don't forget to bring plenty of cash with you! Please also read down the page for important information about admission. parking, accessibility and the arrangements for the admission of dogs.
Tempted by Rare Plant Fairs, by Mandy Bradshaw, from The Chatty Gardener blog
Visiting our Fairs
The admission fee for each of our fairs is a combined package and includes access to the fair and gardens. In some cases, for practical reasons, the fair itself may be sited just outside the entrance to the gardens. Please note that where this is the case we do not offer a separate admission fee for the fair only or garden only. In every case, the admission fee is no higher than normal garden admission would be, and in some cases a special reduced price is available.
With the exception of The Bishops' Palace in Wells, there is free parking on site at each of our events. Parking for The Bishops' Palace is at the public car parks in the City Centre. In some cases there may be a walk between the parking and the garden/fair - where this is significant we try to organise pick up points to which you can drive and collect your purchases at the end of your visit. More details on event parking may be found on the Fair's own page.
Our fairs are held in a range of gardens, many of which are of a historic nature or which are private gardens not normally open to the public. There may be steps or uneven surfaces that make some areas of the gardens more difficult to access for disabled visitors. Each of our Fair pages includes full details regarding accessibility, but if you have specific questions please contact us.
Dogs are permitted at some, but not all, of our fairs and gardens. Please check the page for the individual fair for the arrangements at that event. Where dogs are admitted, they must be well-behaved and kept on a short lead at all times.