Welcome to FLOWER POWER FAIRS. I am an organiser of ‘specialist’ plant fairs throughout the North of England enabling serious plant enthusiasts and keen gardeners to meet up with growers and nurserymen to buy the latest in plants and shrubs as well as old favourites that have been around a long time but increasingly difficult to buy from conventional garden centres. All the growers offer quality plants, grown in the UK, and usually propagated and nurtured by themselves. Many of them offer unusual plants, not normally seen elsewhere, and all of them are knowledgeable gardeners so don’t be shy, ask them everything you need to know! They’re always pleased to share their knowledge and tips.
The fairs takes place at lovely venues – usually with a wonderful garden to wander through too – which also helps to give us all inspiration and usually there’s a lovely cafe or tea room to enjoy a little rest before you go around the stands again.
At some of the fairs we also have accessory stands, or as at Raby, we offer you food and gift stands too.
The dates and venues for the 2015 plant fairs have now been posted on the 2015 PLANT FAIRS page – all are now in date order, and hopefully I will be able to add more information to them as the bookings come in from the plant specialists. The lists are already looking good with several nearly full already and I’m delighted with the quality of nurseries booking in to them.
All the latest information can be found on the LATEST NEWS page including opening times, whether dogs are allowed, car parking etc.
I’m still working on new venues but these will be for 2016 rather than 2015 and hopefully we shall be back at WORSALL HALL, Yarm in 2016 too. A lovely garden with delightful owners and we raised nearly £2000 for the MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Charity.
We held the plant fair in the Walled Garden and were blessed with the most perfect weather and a huge crowd of keen gardeners. Home made teas, cakes, biscuits, etc disappeared at a furious pace and all in all it was a lovely day out for everyone.
Raby Castle’s event on Bank Holiday Sunday 24 May (also in the North East) brings together plants, quality gifts, food and other delightful stands and was a huge success last year. We’re building on that for 2015 so why not come along and see what we have to offer you?
As some of you might know my home county is Yorkshire and I am so proud to be a Yorkshire lass. Needless to say some of the most popular plant fairs are in Yorkshire so if you haven’t visited one of them, why not come along? We always offer a lovely garden to visit too, included in the admission fee, except for Wentworth Castle, Stainborough this year when we offer FREE ENTRY to the plant fair. They are also looking at offering free parking too (to be confirmed, see their website for further details) so I hope you will support this second visit to Wentworth. And we’re back at Cannon Hall too though hoping the weather will be warmer and drier for us this time.
A good friend of mine who runs the Hook Gardening Club in East Yorkshire has created a wonderful website bringing together gardening groups and clubs with speakers so if you’re one or the other, please join. Its free. http://garden-club-listings.webnode.com Hopefully we will all be able to benefit from this great idea of Justine’s.
If you’d like to know more about the fairs, I sent out a newsletter and I don’t share email addresses with anyone. If you are interested, just complete the form and hit the button.
ALL THE FAIRS START AT 11am except Holker Hall and Wentworth Castle who open their doors at 10.30am. Free parking at all the fairs, children go free too and most (please check with me nearer the time) welcome dogs.
See you next year!