2017 Plant Fairs


  Its always a joy to return to this beautiful estate.  The Priory, still very much a family home, is owned by the Wombwells who trace their ancestry back to a relation of Thomas Cromwell.  Cromwell’s remains are in a huge vault at the Priory and visitors may see it if they go on a visit inside this lovely old building. The plant fair spreads itself all along the lawns overlooking the lake (and far away, the White Horse of Kilburn) curling around onto the gravel outside the Priory ruins and then towards the front door and the all important entrance to the Refectory Cafe! The April and August fairs are filling up, even now in November,  and I’m quite sue I shall have a wonderful selection of brilliant plant nurseries attending by the time April comes around again.  Don’t forget to bring lots of cash along with you or a cheque book!  Most of ...

HOLKER HALL – Easter Sunday 16 April 2017

HOLKER HALL & GARDENS, home of Lord and Lady Cavendish, plays host to our first Cumbrian plant fair of 2017 on Easter Sunday 16 April. I’m delighted to say that we shall be holding two plant fairs at Holker Hall again this season, the first one being on 16 April and the second on the August Bank Holiday (27 August).   However I am sad to hear that they will no longer be holding their very popular Holker Hall Garden Festival any more. We had a brilliant plant fair here last April and I hope you will again be tempted to come along and see what treasures are on sale for you this year.   Tinnisburn Plants pops over the Scottish border to join us so you can be assured her plants will survive in your gardens and I’m delighted to confirm that Helen will be with us for both the fairs in 2017 ...

RODE HALL Saturday 20 May 2017

We’re back again at this delightful Hall and gardens and again Flower Power will be combining with PLANT HERITAGE at Rode Hall, Scholar Green, Cheshire in 2017.  However the date has changed, principally because the owners wished to take full advantage of the wonderful wild bluebell displays they have in the woods adjoining the gardens. So we are holding our event on SATURDAY 20 MAY.   A huge collection of plants will on sale from highly respected Northern plant specialists and growers and the members of Plant Heritage also bring hundreds of their own plants to sell too (all sold for charity). We have a full compliment of plant specialists attending including Penmere Plants (hardy fuchsia), Ox Eye Daisy, Jurassic Plants, Conquest Plant Nursery, Ruth Hall (who spearheads the HPS Staffordshire group and has an amazing garden of her own), Rectory Garden Nursery, Old School House (an amazing collection of peonies), North Staffordshire Hostas (mouse, ...


Raby Castle

RABY CASTLE, in the beautiful town of Staindrop, in Co Durham plays host to our really popular Flower Power Fair which combines quality gifts and food and proved yet again  in 2016 that people love the stands we have here.   Cuinem Jewellery – created and crafted by Fiona 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 shrubs.  We also combine with some of the best local small businesses in the area including photography, art, vintage furniture, jewellery and food stands so why not come along and enjoy a day out at Raby Castle?   Some beautiful gardens to wander through, including the rose garden, vegetable and fruit garden and the herbaceous borders. WE open from 11am – 4pm. The fair will be held beside the Cafe/Restaurant just outside the magnificent Walled Gardens of the castle and entry ...


Sutton Park, in the beautiful village of Sutton on the Forest, is just outside the York ring road on the road up to Helmsley.  The house and gardens are owned by the Sheffield family and it remains very much a family home.  Over the past two years the family have decided to spend more time at their home here and so the gardens are not open quite as much as they used to be.  The house is no longer open except for a short time in the summer (see their own website for further details). A change of Bank Holiday weekends for 2017, with Sutton Park taking the late May Bank Holiday Monday and offering you a chance to wander around the gardens at a different time of the month.  So much more to see with May about to burst into June! We always have a fantastic collection of plant nurseries attending the ...


  SANDON HALL, resplendent in a riot of colour from hundreds of flowering shrubs, mainly rhododendrons and azaleas, plays host to the Flower Power Fair on Sunday 11 June 2017.  We are open from 11am – 4pm. Quality plant nurseries will be offering you high quality plants of all shapes, sizes and habits but all to suit every pocket.  If you’re looking for unusual plants, then we shall definitely have quite a few that you perhaps haven’t seen before. We have a full compliment of plant specialists attending and  I’m delighted that the Staffordshire Hardy Plant Society will be joining us again too.  Ruth Plant works so hard, opens her garden to the NGS and manages to organise everyone to bring plants to Sandon Hall too.     DON’T FORGET TO BRING CASH TO ALL THE PLANT FAIRS.  MOST GROWERS AND SMALL NURSERIES DO NOT USE CARD FACILITIES and some of the venues ...


  There will be another visit for gardeners living in the East Riding of Yorkshire on Sunday 18 June  when Flower Power holds a second plant fair at WASSAND HALL, Seaton.   The delightful House and garden is hidden away and not often open to the public except for some days in the summer. This beautiful Regency house (which will also be open to the public on the day) has been in the same family ownership since 1520 and forms part of a wonderful estate which includes Hornsea Mere.   It is 12 miles from Beverley and just 18 miles north of Hull.   The gardens comprise of two walled gardens, a more formal garden around the house, a woodland walk and a half mile park walk with wonderful views to Hornsea Mere. The 16th Century Walled garden was restored to designs by Charles Mitchell and in 2000 a summer house was build in the second Walled Garden ...


  DALTON HALL, rarely open to the public, will be opening its gates for the 4th Flower Power Fair on Sunday 2 July.  We had a brilliant plant fair there in 2016  – thankfully the rain stayed off, it was the most glorious summer’s day and the gardens were full of keen customers. I hope you will come along and visit this beautiful estate.  The Walled Garden is changing by the month and the family have exciting plans to make it very much a show stopper for the future. Meanwhile we shall be able to view the wonderful wild flower areas, awash with bees, butterflies and insects and of course, the lawned area will be full of quality plant stands from all corners of Yorkshire and beyond. Katrina Hotham will no doubt be slaving over a very hot cooker again – she makes the most amazing cakes and biscuits and William will be in ...

WYNYARD HALL Walled Garden – Sunday 16 July 2017

This amazing hotel was once the home of the Vane Tempest Stuarts, the Marquis of Londonderry, whose vast family estates stretched for acres in the North East all the way to Seaham and Seaham Harbour (created to facilitate the removal of coal from their mines down to Newcastle), to Londonderry House in London and the most amazing gardens of Mount Stewart in Northern Ireland. (see below). Now this magnificent estate is owned by Sir John Hall, ironically the son of a coal miner, who has effectively saved this amazing building, restoring and renovating with such care and dedication and now making it into one of the top hotels in the country.  He embarked on an ambitious plan a few years ago to restore the Walled Gardens – allegedly spending over £2 million – and I’ve had my eye on this estate for at least 8 years!  SO HERE WE ARE!     ...

COVERHAM ABBEY in the Yorkshire Dales – Sunday 30 July 2017

This is another gem of a garden!  Mrs Corner approached me via her friend, Harriette Murray Wells from Ness Hall and asked me to drive over and see whether her garden was suitable for a plant fair.  How lucky am I to have such lovely people who recommend me? The house and gardens form part of the old Coverham Abbey and what a joy they are.  The most gorgeous knot garden created within some of the ruins, and then on the south facing side of the gardens, herbaceous borders, intimate “rooms” and lawns. Its a delightful garden with little paths leading you off to explore the ruins with interesting planting and plants and I’m quite sure you will all enjoy it.  There is also a small vegetable garden and greenhouse and views across fields and woodland.  A lovely place to spend a day in. The plant fair will be in the hay meadow facing ...


HOLKER HALL PLAYS HOST TO FLOWER POWER FAIRS on Bank Holiday, Sunday 27 August.  We shall be alongside the very popular Farmers’ Market at the top of the car park, beside the Shop and toilets. As usual, there will be a magnificent selection of quality plants on sale from the highly respected plant nurseries who attend the fairs and they will be offering you huge choice of plants ready for your gardens.  From herbaceous to shade lovers, shrubs and trees to alpines and succulents, there will be something for all, to suit all gardens and all pockets. We OPEN EARLIER THAN NORMAL – 10am and admission to the plant fair and Farmer’s Market is free.  If you wish to visit the wonderful gardens there, the normal  admissions apply. Bank Holiday Sunday 27 August   10am – 4pm FREE ADMISSION.  Suitable for dogs (but not allowed in the gardens). HOLKER HALL, CARK IN CARTMEL, CUMBRIA LA11 ...


  Newburgh Priory at the end of August is always a mecca for keen plant hunters and gardeners alike.  Its the ideal time to be filling your gardens with late summer and autumn colour and for planning your colour schemes and designs for the following year.   As always we have the most amazing collections of plants on sale from some of the best Yorkshire and Northern plant nurseries.  Not only is this the ideal time of the year to be planting up for next year, but its a beautiful place to visit.     We open from 11am – 4pm, the admission includes access to over 40 acres of grounds, gardens, water gardens, woods and walled garden.  Dogs are more than welcome throughout the estate. Homemade teas, cakes, sandwiches and biscuits will be served within the Refectory kitchen and the House is open for visitors at a small extra charge. Where better than to spend a ...

CHILLINGTON HALL, Brewood – Sunday 7 May 2017

A brand new venue in Staffordshire for us this year – and what a beautiful place it is too.  I visited this wonderful house through the HHA (Historic Houses Association) several years ago and again visited it in September last year as part of my “investigations” on Capability Brown.  The gardens stretch around the Hall and in May the woodland and avenues will be awash with bluebells and other native wild flowers. For those of you who like a walk – please, I beg you, walk down to the most amazing Capability Brown lake and bridges.  We shall be holding the fair in the  recently restored (and magnificent) Home Farm.  There is a cafe there offering light refreshments, hot and cold drinks and there are toilets in the old farm buildings too. We have a great array of plant specialists attending, some from Cheshire, others from Derbyshire and Shropshire and Staffordshire too. ...

NESS HALL – Sunday 9 July 2017

    A garden of delights.  This is one of my very favourite gardens (the other being Wollerton Old Hall in Shropshire) and never fails to make me catch my breath. NESS HALL, hidden away in beautiful North Yorkshire countryside, continues to enthral and charm visitors and for those of you who haven’t visited this delightful garden yet … please come!  I promise you won’t be disappointed. The garden is rarely open to the public and Flower Power Fairs has been lucky enough to hold a fair with the Murray Wells for six years now. For 2017 we shall be showing the gardens in July …. and from what I remember of last year when I visited the family to sort out the dates, it was just a riot of colour and scent.  This garden never even fails to take my breath away … and just one gardener and Harriette, the owner.  Astonishing!  As I write ...

Welcome to the 2017 Plant Fairs

We start the 2017 season at the wonderful spring gardens of Holme Pierrepont Hall in Nottingham.  Hidden in a secret oasis, just past the International Watersports Centre, Holme Pierrepont is a little gem of a place. The fair will be held on the lawns in front of the Hall and admission includes the fair, gardens and grounds.  Refreshments are served throughout the day.  We open 11am – 4pm. We shall be visiting a beautiful private garden in the Yorkshire Dales next year – Coverham Abbey, not too far from the Yorkshire racing village of Middleham.  Part of the garden has been created within the ruins of the Abbey and I know you’ll all fall in love with both the garden and the location. Old favourites include Newburgh Priory, Lytham Hall, Holker Hall and Sutton Park and next year we shall be visiting Ness Hall gardens (another private garden) in July so you’ll be ...

NEWBURGH PRIORY on Sunday 9 April

The first plant fair of the season in Yorkshire will be at the wonderful NEWBURGH PRIORY on Sunday 9 April. This is always one of the best days out for anyone as the estate offers you over 40 acres of gardens, grounds, and woods to explore as well as a quality plant fair. We shall be packed with fantastic stands this year – a total of 25 including many new plant nurseries and new accessory stands too – so I hope you will give them all a warm Yorkshire welcome. Favourites include Gatekeeper Nursery, Roanne Nurseries, Hempholme Nursery, Through the Garden Gate, Plantazia, John Plant, Northern Ark Nursery, The Herb Nursery, Garden Blooms, Brambling House Plants and Summerfield Plant Nursery and Morton Hall Nursery. New nurseries include Ribbesdale Nursery, G & J Plants, Alchemy Plant Nursery and Red Dial. A total of seven accessory stands make up the remainder so come early … bring ...


Wynyard Hall, once the home of the Londonderry family, plays host to our first Flower Power Fair in Teeside on Sunday 16 July. The estate was bought by Sir John Hall several years ago and he has literally spent millions on restoring this beautiful house (now a 4* hotel),  creating spa facilities, upgrading the lake, the grounds, the temples and gardens to their former glory.  The latest project was the Walled Garden and well over £2m was spent on the restoration and rebirth of this beautiful place. It is literally overflowing with magnificent roses – spilling out over the paths, climbing up the pagodas, and adorning the old hot walls with colour.  My thanks to Mat Brown for the up-to-date photographs of the gardens, taken on 25 June 2017.  What a riot of colour and scents. When I first visited Wynyard over 4 years ago the Walled Garden looked like this – as ...

“PLANT UP” – new event to be held at Lowther Castle this October

PLANT UP! BREAKING NEWS. A brand new event will be taking place at Lowther Castle, near Penrith, on Sunday 22 October. Not only will there be a celebration of gardening with quality plant nurseries attending but there will also be an attempt to break the Guinness Book of Records of planting over 28,000 camassia bulbs within the gardens at Lowther in one day. More information will follow as the fair takes shape but we shall be open from 11am – 4pm.  Admission will be FREE for the plant fair and anyone wishing to get involved and join the record breakers must contact Lowther Castle directly.  01931-712192. Lowther Castle, Penrith CA10 2HH Open 11am – 4pm, admission to the plant fair free.  Normal garden admissions apply.  Dogs on leads very welcome.  For people volunteering to join the PLANT UP, admission to the gardens will be free.

Outstanding day at new venue – Coverham Abbey

A huge thank you to all of you who came along to visit the first Coverham Abbey Plant Fair.  I hope you enjoyed your day out despite the slightly inclement July weather of one heavy rain shower, sunshine but cold gusty winds. Despite the wind, the plant specialists and accessory stands coped amazingly well with their lovely displays and a good day was had by all. We hope to be back there next year.  


Here are the venues and dates for 2017.  Images will follow shortly.

All open 11am – 4pm except for those which are **

Sunday 26 March Holme Pierrepont Hall, Nottingham NG12 2LD
Sunday 9 April Newburgh Priory, Coxwold, N Yorks YO61 4AS
Easter Sunday 16 April **Holker Hall, Cark, Cumbria LA11 7PL
Sunday 7 May Chillington Hall, Brewood, WV8 1RE
SAT 20 May Rode Hall, Cheshire ST7 3QP
BH Sun 28 May Raby Castle, Staindrop DL2 3AH
BH Mon 29 May Sutton Park, York YO61 1DP
Sunday 11 June Sandon Hall, Staffs ST18 0DL
Sunday 18 June Wassand Hall, Hornsea, E Yorks HU11 5RJ
Sunday 2 July Dalton Hall, South Dalton, HU11 7PN
Sunday 9 July Ness Hall, nr Malton YO62 5XD
Sunday 16 July Wynyard Hall, Tees Valley TS22 5NF  10-5pm
Sunday 23 July Lytham Hall, Lancs FY8 4TQ
Sunday 30 July Coverham Abbey, Middleham, N Yorks DL8 4RN
BH Sun 27 Aug ** Holker Hall (see above)
BH Mon 28 Aug Newburgh Priory (see above)

** Fairs open from 10am and these fairs (Holker) are also free entry for all.  Normal admission applies to all the other fairs.

Top image shows Chillington Hall near Brewood in Staffordshire and below is Wynyard Hall Hotel where we shall be holding our plant fair within the renovated £2m Walled Garden and Rose Gardens.


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