2019 Plant Fairs

HOLME PIERREPOINT HALL – 24 March 2019

Back to the delightful Holme Pierrepont Hall on Sunday 24 March with the plant fair on the lawns in front of the Hall and will feature many of the best individual plant nurseries from the Midlands and the North.  Always offering you choice plants and shrubs, and of course advice on how to get the very best out of the plants you buy.  Some will be unusual, some even rare, but all have been grown by the people who sell them and offer excellent value for money, locally grown with low mileage. Amongst the plant nurseries attending are Piecemeal Plants, Ashdale Nursery, Coopers Nurseries, Linda Scott Hardy Plants, Plant Wild, Ruth Hall, Seeds To Sow, Ribblesdale Nurseries, Plantazia, Bridge Farm Plants, Helmholme Plants, The Herb Nursery, Stannard Plants, Bright & Beautiful and North Staffordshire Hostas and Shade Lovers.  We also welcome back Tambrath Welding Co with their wonderful metal arches, planters and plant supports. Holme Pierrepont has the most delightful spring garden full of snowdrops, crocus, miniature iris and unusual spring flowering shrubs and trees.  Collections of Camella and interesting topiary throughout the garden. The inner courtyard garden makes an attractive entrance into the Hall where the toilet facilities are.  Refreshments served ...

SANDON HALL – Sunday 7 April 2019

We’re holding two plant fairs at the lovely Sandon Hall this year with the first one on Sunday 7 April. The delightful 25 acre garden of Sandon Hall welcomes Flower Power Fairs back again and as usual we shall have a full compliment of outstanding plant growers and specialists attending. You will have a huge selection of plants on sale here from small alpines to the big boys of the herbaceous border and everything in-between.  Amongst the plant specialists attending with LBJ Nurseries, Linda Scott Hardy Plants, Penmere Plants, Ruth Hall, Seeds To Sow, Ribbesdale Nurseries. Plantazia, Hempholme Plant Nursery, The Herb Nursery, Stannard Plants, Bright & Beautiful, North Staffordshire Hostas and Shade Lovers and Morton Nurseries. The gardens extend to over 25 acres, planted mainly with specimen rhododendrons and azaleas, but over the past three years an impressive amount of work has been undertaken on the Sunken Garden and the rose beds.  Hopefully we should also be able to see the bluebells underplanted in the older areas of the gardens so please do explore when you’re visiting. DON’T FORGET TO BRING CASH, most nurseries do not have card facilities.  And for those of you who wish to stop the use of plastic bags, may ...

NEWBURGH PRIORY – Sunday 14 April 2019

A wonderful place to visit at any time of the year but Spring promises so much and with over 40 acres of gardens and grounds to explore, you know it will be a great day out for all, including your dog. The fair takes place on the Northern lawns looking down to the lake and the White Horse at Kilburn beyond and is always popular with the individual plant nurseries and specialists who attend. Home made yummy cakes and lovely sandwiches and hot quiches will be on sale throughout the day in the Priory Refectory Kitchen and for those of you who haven’t visited the Priory before, may I suggest a visit to the House too. Fascinating history and a delightful home. Over 22 plant specialists and garden accessory stands will be in attendance so bring lots of money so you won’t be disappointed.  Amongst the nurseries will be Fayrefield Horticulture & Design, Through The Garden Gate, Red Dial Nurseries, The Cleveland group of the Alpine Garden Society, Seeds to Sow, Ribblesdale Nurseries, Gatekeeper Nursery, Plantazia, The Herb Nursery, Lawn Hero, Garden Blooms, Dark Star Plants, Roanne Nurseries, Northern Ark Nursery, Easiworks (Autism Plus), Cottage Garden Plants and Morton Nurseries. Gardening with Wildlife ...

HOLKER HALL – Easter Sunday 21 April 2019

Holker Hall & Gardens is one of the premier destinations in the Southern Lakes and we open the fair earlier than most of the others at 10.30am. A great selection of Northern plant specialists and garden accessories will be attending.   The plant fair is always held at the top of the car park beside the Café courtyard and features many of the North’s top plant growers and specialists including some from Scotland so you can be assured that your plants will definitely grow in your gardens as they are all hardy and resistant to cold weather and rain! We offer free entry to the plant fair and there is usually a produce market held within the café courtyard too.  Normal admission to the gardens and Hall apply.   Free admission for all.  Dogs welcome in the fair but not in the gardens. Open from 10.30am – 4pm.  Free parking. Holker Hall & Gardens, Cark in Cartmel, Cumbria LA11 7PL    

NESS HALL – Bank Holiday Monday 6 May 2019

This beautiful private garden looks stunning, at any time of the year, and for 2019 we are back in the spring time.  Harriette and her gardener, Alan, have lots of plans for the garden so until I visit them in April, I, too, am in the dark! I do know that they have planted over 500 tulips for the May events over the years and continue to add to their bulb collections so you can be assured of spectacular planting and colour all around the garden. The plant fair will be held in the pony paddock beside the gardens and will be full to bursting with quality plants from some of my wonderful Yorkshire plant growers and specialists.  Home made refreshments are served from the family kitchen and a good time is had by all. Admission £4.00 for the gardens and plant fair. Children free. Dogs are not encouraged in the gardens. Open 11am – 4pm. Ness Hall, East Ness, Nunnington YO62 5XD                

CEDARBARN FARM SHOP – Sunday 19 May 2019

A brand new venue just outside Pickering for Flower Power Fairs this year.  Cedarbarn Farmshop has been open for many years and offers locally sourced food, drinks and garden products.  They also have a wonderful tea room/cafe too so make sure you visit it. The fair will be placed beside the farmshop and the delightful miniature railway and again I have a great selection of plant nurseries attending. We open from 11.00am and admission is free to all.  Dogs welcome outside but not in the shop or cafe and for those of you who fancy a little trip around the area, try the miniature railway! Sunday 19 May Free admission Pickering YO18 7JX

RODE HALL – Bank Holiday Monday 27 May 2019

The Rode Hall Spring Plant Fair is staying with Bank Holiday Monday, and offering visitors the added opportunity to visit the Hall too (separate admission). The plant fair will be held on gravel outside the entrance to the Hall and visitors will also be able to visit the magnificent gardens (awash with spring flowering plants and bluebells) as well as a wander down to the lake to see the heronry there. We had the most amazing weather in 2018 so I am hoping that we shall be lucky again this year.  Come early to get the best choice of plants and then nip into the cafe for a brew before your visit to the delightful gardens. Admission £4.00 (reduced from normal garden admission) includes gardens, grounds and plant fair. Open 11am – 4pm. Rode Hall, Scholar Green, Cheshire ST7 3QP Hall open, separate admission Refreshments served all day. BRING CASH – MOST PLANT NURSERIES DO NOT HAVE CARD FACILITIES.                    

SALMESBURY HALL – Sunday 2 June 2019

Some years ago one of my plant specialists used to organise the very popular plant fair here but due to family commitments, she had to stop.  With her encouragement and enthusiasm, she persuaded me to approach Salmesbury Hall to see if they’d like to have another plant fair … and they said yes! So grateful thanks to Sue Gillon from Meadowview Nursery – and she will also be attending the fair with her wonderful selection of herbaceous plants and shrubs. Salmesbury Hall isn’t far from the M6 motorway, junction and as you can see from the imagine, its a beautiful timber framed building of great character and charm.  You will be able to wander around the gardens, visit the old house, enjoy the cafe and at the top end of the car park, visit the Bee Centre to watch the busy bees hard at work and purchase some wonderful honey and waxed based products (check out their honey candles). We open 11.00am – 4.00pm, free parking and admission to the gardens, Hall and fair is £2.00.  Children are free.  Dogs allowed in the gardens. Salmesbury Hall, Near Preston, Lancashire PR5 0UP

SANDON HALL – Sunday 9 June 2019

We make a return to Sandon Hall on Sunday 9 June for our second plant fair there this year so I hope those of you who visited in April will come back and see what wonderful plants are for sale in June.  The delightful 25 acre garden of Sandon Hall will look completely different from their April blooms so come back and explore all over again.  You will have a huge selection of plants on sale here from small alpines to the big boys of the herbaceous border and everything in-between. DON’T FORGET TO BRING CASH, most nurseries do not have card facilities.  And for those of you who wish to stop the use of plastic bags, may I politely ask you to bring your own bags and help save the planet. The fair takes place on the Conservatory lawn and admission to the fair is included in the usual garden admission cost of £4.00.  Children are free.  No dogs in the gardens please but welcome in the delightful parkland as long as they are on leads as there are sheep roaming. Admission £4.00 includes garden, grounds and plant fair. Children free. Open 11am – 4pm Sandon Hall, Sandon, Staffs ST18 0DL No dogs please                      

SION HILL HALL – Sunday 16 June 2019

  Our first plant fair at Sion Hill proved to be very popular and successful and Mr Mallaby was so pleased that he’s invited us back this year.  Described as “a masterpiece in the Neo-Georgian style” Sion Hill is one of the last pre-eminent country houses to be built in Yorkshire prior to the Great War.  The Arts & Crafts house was designed in 1912 by the renowned York architect, Walter H Brierley. It has an extraordinary garden, created over the past 17 years due to the dedication of its current Trustee, Michael Mallaby. It’s a joy to wander through with reaching views across the River Wiske and features topiary, parterres, the Long walk and traditional kitchen garden and a centenary Rose Garden.  Michael and his gardeners have been busy planting up new areas within the garden and since my visit in the autumn, several new large topiary shapes have arrived.  They look tremendous. The fair will be held beside the Stable Block and café and as you would expect, we shall have an amazing array of quality plants on sale from well respected plant growers and nurseries.  We have a full complement of plant nurseries attending and I can promise you a ...

CONSTABLE BURTON HALL – Sunday 7 July 2019

We held plant fairs here at Constable Burton Hall some years ago so I am delighted to announce that we are returning to this beautiful garden and property at the beginning of July.  A change in garden opening for 2019 means that you will only be able to visit when they hold a special event and this is their July special event. The fair will be held on the lawns beside the house (not open to the public) and will feature a host of specialist plant nurseries and a handful of garden accessory stands too. Nurseries attending will be Gatekeeper Nursery, Red Dial Nurseries, Ribblesdale Nurseries, The Lawn Hero, Roanne Nurseries, Morton Hall Nurseries and The Quiet Corner.    We also have some interesting garden accessory stands joining us too.  Full confirmation of all participants will be released nearer the date. Catering will be provided by the Constable Burton award-winning chef and admission includes the plant fair, gardens and grounds. Sunday 7 July Admission £5.00, children free, catering available, no dogs please.

WYNYARD HALL – Sunday 21 July 2019

We held our first plant fair here in 2017 and it was very popular with visitors and gardeners alike.  And last year we were blessed with wonderful weather, so much so that I think we all “baked” in the heat! I’m hoping that the weather will be kind to us again in 2019 as this really is a world class garden.  Sir John Hall has lavished over £2million bringing these two large Walled Gardens back to life.  Our fair, held within the restored Rose Garden, and overlooking the water features and the impressive Café/Visitor Centre,  spills all along the gravelled pathways right up to the Eating Garden beyond and features quality plant growers and nurseries from the North. You can also buy your tickets on line so giving you “instant” access into the plant fair rather than queuing at the reception area.   We are also delighted to find out that there will be a Farmers’ Market taking place just outside the Walled Garden so you will need to bring lots of cash with you for both events …. and please do bring your own bags and save on plastic waste. Admission £5.50 (concessions) and reduced advance tickets. No dogs allowed in the gardens ...

HOLKER HALL – Bank Holiday Sunday 25 August 2019

Holker Hall

We return to Holker Hall at the end of August for the late summer plant fair. The plant fair is always held at the top of the car park beside the Café courtyard and features many of the North’s top plant growers and specialists including some from Scotland so you can be assured that your plants will definitely grow in your gardens as they are all hardy and resistant to cold weather and rain! Despite having the most wonderful summer last year, the Lake District decided that Bank Holiday Sunday would be a great day for rain and cold winds.  We froze but thank you to the hardy visitors who braved the weather and came and bought lots of quality plants at great prices.  Don’t forget these are all locally grown and grown by the experts who sell them. This was August 2018! We offer free entry to the plant fair and there is usually a produce market held within the café courtyard too.  Normal admission to the gardens and Hall apply.     The Producers’ Market will be in the cafe forecourt so please don’t forget to BRING CASH as many of the stands do not have debit card facilities.  So don’t be disappointed – bring ...

NEWBURGH PRIORY- Bank Holiday Monday 26 August 2019

Newburgh Priory N Yorks

  I love this place! A wonderful estate to visit at any time of the year but late summer offers you beautiful views, a peaceful lake alive with lots of wild fowl, woodland and water gardens and a short sharp hike up to the top of the hill to look back down onto the Priory and Sutton Bank beyond.  With over 40 acres of gardens and grounds to explore, you know it will be a great day out for all, including your dog. The fair takes place on the North lawns looking down to the lake and the White Horse at Kilburn beyond and is always popular with the individual plant nurseries and specialists who attend. Home made yummy cakes and lovely sandwiches and hot quiches will be on sale throughout the day in the Priory Refectory Kitchen and for those of you who haven’t visited the Priory before, may I suggest a visit to the House too. Fascinating history and a delightful home. Admission £4.00 includes gardens, grounds, woods and plant fair. Children free. Dogs welcome. Newburgh Priory, Coxwold, North Yorkshire YO61 4AS

Holme Pierrepont Hall Spring Plant Fair 24 March

SPRING PLANT FAIR RETURNS TO HOLME PIERREPONT HALL, NOTTINGHAM   FLOWER POWER FAIRS will be holding their gardeners’ plant fair at Holme Pierrepont Hall on Sunday 24 March from 11am-4pm. Set in 30 acres of tranquil parkland just beyond the Nottingham Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepont Hall is perhaps Nottingham’s best kept secret. The gardens are a delight in the Spring with  magical displays of snowdrops, daffodils, tulips, aconites and hellebores.  The family also have a passion for decorative early flowering shrubs and interesting topiary. The plant fair spills out on the lawns in front of the Hall and brings a mouth-watering selection of specialist plant growers from the North and Midlands offering a huge choice of herbaceous plants, shrubs with particular emphasis on colour and shape, climbers, lilies, herbs, heucheras, shade loving plants and ferns.  “We will be bursting at the seams,” says organiser, Judy Popley, “with 20 plant nurseries and garden accessories attending and the choice of plants on sale will be astonishing.  Don’t forget to bring lots of cash as most small nurseries do not have card facilities.” Many of the nurseries are award winners from RHS shows and offer quality plants, which are not normally found in garden centres and other outlets. Entry ...

“Tarte Au Citroen” coming to Sandon Hall Spring Plant Fair Sunday 7 April

Look who’s joining us at Sandon Hall in Staffordshire! This delightful van, called Nicole, belongs to Kate who set up her own business just over two years ago in nearby Lichfield.  She and her van will be joining us for the Sandon Hall Spring plant fair on Sunday 7 April. Barista coffees, superior teas, hot chocolate, soft drinks and cordials, snacks and naughty cakes will all be available during the opening and I do hope you will go and say hello to her; or should I say “Bonjour”? Kate brings together quality products and as much as possible, all the food is home made so I think we shall all be in for a treat. Tarte Au Citroen will be parked up on the lawns beside the conservatory and set amongst all the fantastic plant nurseries and growers.  We have a mouth watering collection of quality plant specialists and growers as well as some fabulous garden accessory stands. Details of participating stands to follow. www.tarteaucitroen.com

Giddy Kippers joins us at Holme Pierrepont Plant Fair on Sunday

We are welcoming several new plant nurseries to the HOLME PIERREPONT PLANT FAIR this coming Sunday, 24 March including this wonderfully named nursery – Giddy Kippers Plants. Jo Storr and Barry Underdown have always loved plants and it seems that plants brought them together. They actually met over a gardening book at their place of work.  They originally started growing plants for themselves, their families and then friends and their expertise spread and word spread and suddenly they had lots of people asking them for plants.  In the end they decided they should give it a go. As they are giddy about growing that seemed to be a great name for their business so GIDDY KIPPERS PLANTS was born!  Great name Jo and Barry. They grow a variety of perennials, a few annuals, vegetables and herbs – all locally to where they live in South Yorkshire.  They are a vibrant couple, eager to share their knowledge and passion and they now offer a garden design and planting advice service.  I do hope you will make them welcome at the fair. Other new nurseries include Plant Wild – Lindsay Lister – grows British native wildflowers for meadow, woodland, cottage garden and wetland areas, with UK native ...

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