My 2017 brochure is now published and is available to download from here.
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 lots of CASH as most of the stands do not have credit/debit facilities and failing that, bring that old trusty cheque book with you. Home made refreshments are served all day in the Refectory by members of the family, Stephen Wombwell will be on the gate and his brother in law, Paul, will be parking you up. Other members of the family will be working in the house (separate admission) and of course working in the café too. Bring your children, bring your dogs and come and enjoy a great day out at this magical place. Admission is just £3.00 (children free) and there is disabled parking beside the fair. For those of you who go a little mad and buy lots of plants, you can leave them with either myself or Stephen on the gate, collect your car and drive up to load your car up. We look forward to greeting you again ...
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 able to be charmed yet again with this truly breathtaking garden. If you would like up to date information before anyone else, just complete my form and I’ll include you in any newsletters. Your email addresses are never shared with anyone. If you are a member of a gardening group or club, I’d love to hear from you. I also give talks about gardens and garden related talks. Have talk, will travel! Judy Popley
FOR THOSE OF YOU who don’t live near to Wentworth Castle at Stainborough, you might not have seen the news. Sadly the Management have announced that it is no longer viable for them to continue with the “open business” side of Wentworth Castle so the whole site, park, gardens, Visitor Centre and Playground will be closing at Easter. That, of course, means that the two Plant Fairs scheduled to take place there will not be happening. I’m gutted to say the least, and I know that the plant nurseries who had booked are equally surprised with this news too. I have not been able to find a replacement venue so I’m sorry, South Yorkshire, but no Flower Power plant fairs in your area for 2017. The leaflets are being reprinted at the moment, so if you do have one, please don’t forget to cross off the two Wentworth Castle plant fairs. Sincere apologies but quite out of my control.
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 this in November I have absolutely no idea what will be on show, but I can assure you, it will look stunning. It is a lovely garden, awash with colour and a joy to photograph. As always we have some wonderful plant stands to offer you. BRING CASH! Its a long way to the nearest bank or ATM and these nurseries are small and don’t have credit/debit facilities. We open 11am-4pm. Hope to see you there! Admission £3.50 Free parking. No dogs in the garden please but you are welcome to walk them in the car park field. Refreshments served all day Ness Hall, East Ness, Nr Malton YO52 5XD NESS HALL EAST NESS, NORTH YORKSHIRE YO62 5XD
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. A total of 12 nurseries and two great accessory stands will be waiting to greet you in the farm yard (see image above). All the nurseries offer you huge choice of plants for sale, all grown by themselves and of course suitable for your gardens. Please ask them for advice as to the best position to put your plants in, how to prune, propagate, etc. Chillington Hall, Brewood, Consall, Wolverhampton WV8 1RE Sunday 7 May Admission charge for grounds, gardens and plant fair is £4.00. The house is not open today.
There is a really good FB page called ALL HORTS run by three amazing people and they have recently launched a website giving us all the chance to find these amazing little gems – small, specialist plant nurseries! The link is below so please have a look. If you know of any plant nurseries that you think might like to get involved – ITS ALL FREE – then tell them to go to this website! www.independentplantnurseriesguide.uk Many people want to support independent local nurseries but following various social media conversations and an unfortunate comment on Gardeners World, alluding to all nurseries and garden centres being shut on Easter Sunday it became obvious to 3 horticulturalists that often finding those nurseries was easier said than done. So the 3, Matthew Currie who has put the site together, Sacha Hubbard and Sara Venn began discussing a way to support the businesses and often friends whose nurseries they passionately believe in. Quickly nurserymen from across the country were getting in touch, and asking to be a part of the guide and gardeners young and old were suggesting their favourite local nurseries The guide is very much a work in progress and we hope by releasing it that more and more independent nurseries will come forward and be a part of this extraordinary project that is shining a light on our British horticultural experts and helping gardeners, both new and experienced, to access the wealth of knowledge carried in these nurseries. From Scotland to the Channel Islands there are many nurseries to chose from and so the guide offers not just your local information, but also helps arrange trips further afield. All the work has been done on the guide completely voluntarily and we hope that with this as the ethos behind the Independent Plant Nurseries Guide, that the ...
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! The plant fair will be held within the magnificently restored and replanted Walled Garden alongside the Visitor Centre. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be bringing Flower Power here. I hope you will be as excited as me. Wynyard Hall Hotel, Stockton-on-Tees, Tees Valley TS22 5NF Sunday 16 July 2017 11.00am – 4.00pm