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  • 2021 – first plant fair will be at Holme Pierrepont Hall We shall be holding our first plant fair of 2021 at the delightful Tudor home of the Brackenbury’s, Holme Pierrepont Hall, in Nottingham. And the date? Sunday 28 March 2021. 11am – 4pm. More dates and venues will be released very soon. Enjoy your gardens, keep safe and see you next year.
  • Great day out at Sandon Hall! Many thanks to the plant specialists and garden accessory stands who attended the Sandon Hall Plant Fair on Sunday 2 August. We had a great day – good sunny weather, the occasional flurry of wind which kept the plant nurseries on their toes diving to stop their tall plants from toppling over, and lovely atmosphere with jazz music playing in the background, great coffees and teas, hot baps and a really friendly crowd of gardeners! We held the fair at the front of the Hall which we have never done before and it worked a treat. No-one felt unsafe or intimidated and we had a full track and trace system in place should anything amiss happen. We shall be back at Sandon in April and August next year but meanwhile some images of Sunday’s fair.
  • NEWBURGH PRIORY- Bank Holiday Monday 31 August 2020 – goes ahead NEWBURGH PRIORY- Bank Holiday Monday 31 August 2020 - goes aheadI love this place! We are delighted to confirm that Newburgh Priory August plant fair will go ahead. 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. As always there will be some of the very best specialist nurseries attending the fair and there will be greater spaces between the stands to ensure your own safety and wellbeing.  Nurseries attending are Roanne Nurseries, Through the Garden Gate, Giddy Kippers, Fayrefield Horticulture & Design, Primrose Bank Nursery, Gatekeeper Nurseries, Plantazia, Dark Star Plants, Northern Ark Nursery, Waltham Herbs, Driftwood Bonsai, Ox-Eye Daisy, Three Pools Nursery and Foster’s Exotics & Unusual Plants. Garden accessories include Alfresco Design, Gardening with Wildlife, Karon Import’s Wire Sculptures and the Woodland Trust. We are trying so hard to stop the use of plastic and most of the nurseries now have bio-degradable bags to offer you but please bring your own bags along too – it all helps.  And although the nurseries are now embracing modern technology with card payments, not all of them do, so don’t forget to bring CASH with you to avoid disappointment.   I can confirm that toilet facilities will be available and catering will be held in the ruins (The Long Gallery) by Newburgh House catering.   ...
  • SANDON HALL – Sunday 2 August 2020 SANDON HALL - Sunday 2 August 2020 The site of the August plant fair   We hold our second plant fair of the season at Sandon Hall!  Goodness, what a traumatic time it has been for us all but I’m thrilled that Sandon Hall would like to hold a fair for us. There will be changes though.  The fair will be held at the front of the Hall on the gravelled area.  Admission will be £2.00 pp.  No dogs please. OPENING TIME 9am to 2pm. The gardens were furloughed at Sandon, along with most of the staff, and their head gardener didn’t think the gardens should be open for the plant fair. However, we have persuaded him to allow us to visit “the sleeping garden” on a donation basis on the day of the plant fair.  I had a sneaky preview and its utterly charming – slightly overgrown lawns awash with wonderful wild flowers, flower beds not looking pristine but charming and the gardens as you will never see like that again, so please consider a wander through and donate some money.  Why?  Well Sandon Hall would like to buy a specialist tree to plant to commemorate the NHS and those who lost their lives to Covid 19 (one of them being my own husband).  What a great idea. Social distancing will be in place, and we would appreciate it if you paid the entry via card (£2.00 per person, children free).  There will be mobile toilet facilities and I believe some catering will be available (to be confirmed).   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. At our recent fair, many of the nurseries asked you to pick ...
  • WYNYARD HALL May Plant Fair – CANCELLED SORRY BUT AGAIN WE HAVE HAD TO CANCEL THIS EVENT DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS. We hope to be here on our usual date in July – Sunday 19 July.
  • STONE TOWN CENTRE, STAFFORDSHIRE – Saturday 9 May CANCELLED CANCELLED due to the Coronavirus. We hope to be here next year.
  • NEWBURGH PRIORY – Sunday 19 April 2020 – CANCELLED NEWBURGH PRIORY - Sunday 19 April 2020 - CANCELLED CANCELLED – we will be here again in August though  Newburgh Priory is always the first YORKSHIRE plant fair of the year and again, we have a full compliment of wonderful plant nurseries and garden accessories attending the 2020 event.  I love this place – it has a special   place in my heart as it was the first venue I booked way back in 2006.   A visit at any time of the year is uplifting 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. Admission £4.00 includes gardens, grounds, woods and plant fair. Children free. Dogs welcome. Newburgh Priory, Coxwold, North Yorkshire YO61 4AS
  • KEEP ON CHECKING THE WEBSITE – Update 20 July KEEP ON CHECKING THE         WEBSITE - Update 20 July Dear friends The Coronavirus and events We had a very successful, safe and enhancing plant fair at Wynyard Hall on Sunday 19 July. All the nurseries provided the safest of transactions, not to mention displaying some wonderful plants and shrubs for sale. All the plant nurseries and garden accessories were very excited to be back at work. Please be aware of your own health, wear a mask if you feel unsafe, but please leave the gloves at home. They carry more infections on them than your hands, and you can keep warming/sanitising your hands. Payment can be made at some of the stands with a card, but most will still be dealing in that wonderful thing … CASH! So don’t forget to bring lots as I’m sure you will tempted (as I know I will). Safety precautions will be put in place to disinfect the cash. The next plant fair will be Sandon Hall, Sandon, Staffordshire. We shall be holding the event at the front of the hall and there is a reduced entry of just £2.00 per person as the gardens will not be open. However, we have persuaded the head gardener to allow people to visit the “sleeping garden”. More details in next plant fair. WE SHALL BE OPEN FROM 9am to 2pm. For those of you wishing to visit “the sleeping garden”, you can, with a voluntary donation please going towards a specialist tree to be planted to commemorate those who have lost their lives and the carers who have worked so hard. And finally WE ARE BACK AT NEWBURGH PRIORY TOO! Bank Holiday Monday 31 August so make a note in your diaries now. More details to follow but we have 20 stands all champing at the bit. ...
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