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  • Ganton Hall – Sunday 5 July 2020 Ganton Hall - Sunday 5 July 2020 I am delighted to be able to offer you a brand new venue for 2020 and again, a delightful private garden. Ganton Hall is just off A64 in Ganton village en route to Scarborough. This estate is not normally open to the public and I am thrilled to be bringing a plant fair in this area. The gardens stretch down from the main house through a delightful water garden and then into the Vegetable gardens complete with hot walls and glass houses. The fair will be held beside the period stables and will offer home made food throughout the day. Participating plant nurseries will be Roanne Nursery, Lavender & Pinks, Through the Garden Gate, Giddy Kippers, Fayrefield Horticulture, Primrose Bank Nursery, Plantazia, Northern Ark Nursery and Waltham Herbs. Delightful Rose Peck Pots will also be attending – wonderful collections of hand made pottery planted up with sempervivum and other succulents. Ganton Hall Ganton, Nr Scarborough YO12 4NT Admission £5.00 (proceeds to charity). Children free. No dogs please.
  • Coverham Abbey – Sunday 26 July 2020 We’re back! We took a break in 2019 as Mr & Mrs Corner were busy restoring and working on their wonderful period barns and stables so I for one can’t wait to see the changes they have made. 2018 wasn’t very kind to us, weather wise. It was the first day of the rain after that wonderful long hot summer. I was cursing – the rain could have held off until Monday morning, but no, we had rain all day long and it was chilly. This beautiful old Abbey and its magical gardens is privately owned and only opened for this one day so please do come along and support us. All the proceeds will be for charity (yet to be announced) and I’ll let you know who is attending the fair next year. Admission £5.00 (proceeds to charity) and as always there will be wonderful home made refreshments served all day. And you have to visit the toilets! With designs from Thomas Crapper, a Yorkshireman, you will be amazed and enthralled. See you there! Coverham Abbey Coverham, Middleham, Wensleydale No dogs in the gardens please. BRING CASH
  • 2020 … and our first plant fair will be HOLME PIERREPONT HALL, NOTTINGHAM JUST A LITTLE TASTER for 2020!   We shall start the season with our visit to Holme Pierrepont Hall, Nottingham on Sunday 22 March.  We open from 11am – 4pm. Parking free.  Dogs welcome.  Admission £4.00, with children under 14 free.
  • Exciting new venues for the 2020 Plant Fairs Exciting new venues for the 2020 Plant Fairs The plant fairs are nearly all full now and I’m delighted with the range and depth of quality plant nurseries who want to join Flower Power Fairs.   We shall be back at the charming Worsall Hall near Yarm for our “bi-annual” visit there.  The fair will be taking place in June next year so you will see the gardens slightly earlier than usual. We shall also be returning to Constable Burton Hall in Wensleydale next year after a very successful plant fair there this July and I have a brand new garden to show you (and great plant fair) at Ganton Hall, Ganton not too far away from Scarborough. Two plant fairs at Newburgh Priory, with two at Sandon Hall in Staffordshire but we won’t be returning to Holker Hall in Cumbria.  A change in management. We’ve moved Ness Hall Plant Fair to the end of May as the first Spring Bank Holiday is a little confusing this year with VE Day, Friday 8 May, and replacing the Monday Bank Holiday date. A new venture for Flower Power is to hold a plant fair in the lovely market town of Stone, Staffordshire. I was approached by the Council to hold a fair so I do hope you will all come along and support this new event. So lots of work goes on behind the scenes before Flower Power Fairs opens for 2020 at the delightful Holme Pierrepont Hall in Nottingham. Full dates and venues are now on the Plant Fair Calendar which you can download and keep.   And for those of you who have been to the fairs in 2019, thank you for your support and see you next year.
  • Source with Care Source with CareOne of my plant specialists, The Quiet Corner, sent me a disturbing article about the use of Neonics in the horticultural industry. I have never heard of the word. I imagine many of you haven’t either but I personally find it worrying that these pesticides are used on our plants on a daily basis. This article appeared in the The Organic Way in the Spring/Summer issue 2017 and was written by Judith Conroy. I quote from this article: “I am often asked, “what plants can I grow that are good for bees?” There usually follows a lovely conversation about the fascinating relationships between different insects and their favourite blooms. My questioner will often end with “great, I’ll go and find some of those down at the garden centre.” My heart sinks, as having enthused them, I have to explain why this might not be a good idea …. The fact is that many of the plants for sale in garden centres, supermarkets, farm shops and plant nurseries are treated with a whole range of different chemicals to kill insects, molluscs, fungi and weeds (basically termed pesticides) – but there is no requirement to let the unsuspecting customer know this. For those of us buying plants with bees and other pollinating insects in mind, NEONICOTINOID insecticides (commonly known as Neonics) give particular cause for concern; though their use in agriculture receives prominent media coverage, their continued use in horticulture is seldom discussed. Neonics are used as a drench, meaning that the chemical is taken up by the plant and so is present in all its tissues, including, crucially, the pollen and nectar. Neonics act as neurotoxins, killing insect pests, such as vine weevils and aphids when they eat the plant, but are also proven to be highly toxic to non-target species such as bees who visit them ...
  • HOLME PIERREPOINT HALL – 22 March 2020 HOLME PIERREPOINT HALL - 22 March 2020 Our first plant fair of the year will be at delightful Holme Pierrepont Hall on Sunday 22 March 2020 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  Ashdale Nursery, Coopers Nurseries, Linda Scott Hardy Plants, Plant Wild, Ruth Hall, Roanne Nursery,  Plantazia, Penmere Plants, Hempholme Plants, The Herb Nursery, Stannard Plants, Bright & Beautiful and Bagthorpe Green Nursery.  We also welcome Walton’s Herbs.  Alfresco Design will be attending the fair this year offering you a huge choice of garden supports and artefacts to make your garden look special. 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 interest. 11.00am – 4.00pm Admission £4.00 includes gardens, grounds and plant fair.  Children free. Proceeds go towards the continued restoration of the gardens and woodland areas. Dogs welcome. Address is Holme Pierrepont Hall, Nottingham NG12 2LD Beware the sleeping policemen as you approach the estate, just past Blotts.  The canopy over the road hides an extremely “vicious” bump.
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