2018 Plant Fairs


As usual the plant fair will be held 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. 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 throughout the day. Entries for the plant fair are now closed.  We are fully booked.  Thank you for your ...

NEWBURGH PRIORY – Sunday 15 April 2018

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. Admission £4.00 includes gardens, grounds, woods and plant fair. Children free. Dogs welcome. Newburgh Priory, Coxwold, North Yorkshire YO61 4AS

HOLKER HALL – Sunday 22 APRIL 2018

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 7 May 2018

This beautiful private garden looks stunning, at any time of the year, and for 2018 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 event 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                

CHILLINGTON HALL – Sunday 20 May 2018

A second visit to the delightful Chillington Hall just outside of Brewood.  Known locally for its astonishing array of bluebells in their woods around the lake, but perhaps less so for its delightful “model farm” where the plant fair will again be held.  This amazing set of farm buildings, restored over the past few years, give a wonderful backdrop to the plant nurseries and accessory stands who attend the event.   We had a great day there in 2017 and I hope that this second year will prove even more popular Plant nurseries attending the fair include Penmere Plants, North Staffordshire Hostas, Plantazia, LBJ Plants, Stannard Plants, Bright & Beautiful, Hempholme Nursery, John Cullen Garden Design, Ox-eye Daisy, Cooper’s Nurseries and others.  All sell top quality plants grown in their own nurseries and offering you huge choice and diversity of plants, shrubs and small trees.  So if you’re looking for something special, ...


Raby Castle

A wonderful setting for a plant fair with the backdrop of the Castle across the valley and featuring many of the North East’s best growers and specialists.  There are lots of changes and improvements afoot at the Castle this year and the plant fair will now be held in the sunny Walled Garden just over the wall from the Castle courtyard opposite the café.  There will be some amazing plants on sale and a quality selection of interesting gifts, jewellery, furniture and lots more within the Gifts section.   BRING CASH/CHEQUES – MOST PLANT NURSERIES DO NOT HAVE CARD FACILITIES.   Admission £7.00 includes gardens, grounds, park and plant fair. Concessions Dogs welcome in the park but not in the gardens please. Open 11am – 4pm Raby Castle, Staindrop, Co Durham  DL2 3AH Good quality plants for sale from Northern plant growers and nurseries giving you a wide choice of plants including herbs, herbaceous, alpines, shade lovers and small ...

RODE HALL – Bank Holiday Monday 28 May 2018

A change of date for the Rode Hall Spring Plant Fair, moving to 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. 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. Participating nurseries include Penmere Plants, LBJ Nursery, Rectory Garden Nursery, D K Plants, The Peony Lady, Ox-Eye Daisy, Hillview Hardy Plants, Bright & Beautiful and Standard Plants.  We also welcome a new exhibitor, Andrea’s Anvil to the fair. BRING CASH – MOST PLANT NURSERIES DO NOT HAVE CARD FACILITIES.            

SANDON HALL – Sunday 10 June 2018

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. Staffordshire Hardy Plant Society will be returning with their eclectic stand of interesting plants for sale and others include Linda Scott Hardy Plants (a hardy geranium specialist), Red Dial Nurseries, Ruth Plant, Penmere Plants. Bright & Beautiful, Hempholme Plant Nursery, Plantazia Plants, Cooper’s Nurseries, Brambling House Alpines and Jurassic Plants.  The Peony Lady will also be attending with her wonderful selection of hardy peony plants and a new stand, Homes for Bugs, will be joining us.  Steve makes some interesting and quirky bug homes, all shapes and sizes, out of recycled and scrap wood. 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 ...

SION HILL HALL – Sunday 17 June 2018

  A brand new venue and what a wonderful venue this is. 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 ...

DALTON HALL – Sunday 1 July 2018

  The popularity of Dalton Hall’s summer plant fair continues and brings you an opportunity to see this delightful Walled Garden.  Over the past few years the owners, Mr & Mrs Hotham, have lovingly restored, repaired and enhanced the Walled Garden and this continues to evolve under the careful eye of Pavel, their head gardener. We hold the fair on the grass within the Walled Garden and delicious home made refreshments are served all day. Plant specialists and growers attending the fair this year include Roanne Nursery, Garden Blooms, Gatekeeper Nursery and Lavender & Pinks all from the East Riding.  Other nurseries are Fayrefield Nursery and Design, Harperley Hall Farm Nursery, John Cullen Garden Design, Northern Ark, Rose Peck Pots, Summerfield Nursery, Brambling House Alpines & Salvias and Alchemy Plants. Admission £4.00 includes the garden and the plant fair. Proceeds go towards the restoration of the gardens. Open 11am – 4pm. Dalton Hall, South Dalton, Beverley, E ...

WORSALL HALL – Sunday 8 July 2018

This garden only opens once in 2018 and that’s when we are holding our plant fair.  A delightful intimate garden, packed full of herbaceous perennials, Kiftsgate roses, unusual shrubs and trees, with a working kitchen garden area and a woodland walk with a parterre overlooking the Walled Garden where the plant fair is held. We last held a plant fair here in 2016 and raised over £2500 for the MS Trust, a charity close to the owners’ hearts. Who’s coming to the plant fair?  As always we have an outstanding selection of plant nurseries and growers attending including Dark Star Plants, The Quiet Corner, Roanne Nursery, Brambling House Alpines and Salvias, Harperley Hall Farm Nursery, Summerfield Nursery, Morton Hall Nursery and accessories including BOHW Pottery with his wonderful hand thrown pots and planters, Peg Creations, garden furniture and Gardening with Wildlife. Home made refreshments are served in the Café outhouse and visitors are ...

WYNYARD HALL – Sunday 22 July 2018

We held a plant fair here for the first time in 2017 and it was very popular with visitors and gardeners alike.  Held within the restored Rose Garden, and overlooking the water features and the impressive Café/Visitor Centre, the plant fair spills along the gravelled pathways all the way up to the Eating Garden beyond and features quality plant growers and nurseries from the North. Amongst the plant nurseries attending will be Northern Ark Nursery, Through The Garden Gate, Roanne Nursery, Summerfield Nursery, Brambling House Alpines & Salvias, Red Dial Nurseries. We also have a lovely collection of garden accessories including Gardening with Wildlife, BOHW Pottery, Cornerstone Housing Garden Furniture and Alfresco, quality metal obelisks and plant supports. Admission £5.50 (concessions) and reduced advance tickets. No dogs allowed in the gardens but there are acres of parkland to explore. Open 10am – 5pm. Wynyard Hall, Middlesbrough, Teeside TS22 5NF          

COVERHAM ABBEY – Sunday 29 July 2018

2017 was the first year we came to Coverham Abbey and what a wonderful day it turned out to be.  Huge numbers of visitors, gardeners, neighbours and people just passing by on the day were enchanted by this delightful private garden, not normally open to the public.  Wandering through the old abbey ruins with the knot garden or along the herbaceous borders on the south front brought forth lots of wonderful comments for the owners. The plant fair is held on the meadow across the HaHa on part of the old abbey ruins – hence the slightly unlevel ground in places – and features many of the top Northern plant nurseries. Amongst the plant specialists here will be Morton Nurseries Ltd (as featured on BBC’s Gardeners World, Friday 20 July), Red Dial Nurseries, Harperley Hall Farm Nursery, The Herb Nursery, Braithwaite’s Roses, Howard Firth, Gatekeeper Nursery and many more.  We will also ...

HOLKER HALL – BH Sunday 26 August 2018

Holker Hall

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. Some of the participating plant specialists include Penmere Plants from Cheshire, Harperley Hall Farm Nurseries from Co Durham, East of Eden from Cumbria, Roanne Nursery from East Yorkshire and D K Plants from Staffordshire.  We also welcome back the Cumbrian Composters with their educational stand about all this composting and the RSPB will also be there. The Producers’ Market will be in the cafe forecourt so ...

2019 plotting and planning!

Just a quick thank you to everyone who has been involved with Flower Power Fairs this year.  From the wonderful plant specialists who work so hard growing amazing plants for you, to the people who create my signs, my posters, my fabulous leaflets and to the suppliers who provide the market stalls and the mobile toilets and of course, not forgetting all you loyal customers who come and see what treats we have for you.    And the fairs wouldn’t be anywhere without the incredible enthusiasm and support I receive from the stately homes and private houses. Holme Pierrepont Hall, Newburgh Priory, Holker Hall, Ness Hall Gardens, Chillington Hall, Raby Castle, Rode Hall, Sandon Hall, Sion Hill Hall, Dalton Hall, Worsall Hall, Wynyard Hall Walled Garden and Coverham Abbey. Won’t be long until the list is announced but for those of you who love planning ahead the first four plants fairs will be: ...


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