With FREE ENTRY to this Plant Hunters’ Fair the event offers the opportunity to pop along and visit 20 wonderful specialist nurseries from across the country to get your gardening season off to a great start. All the nurseries attending are happy to offer expert advice to help less experienced gardeners select the right plants for their gardens. “For true ‘plantaholics’ there are always those little treasures to discover that can’t be obtained elsewhere.
Excellent lakeside restaurant. Why not enjoy the spring weather and take your tea on the terrace overlooking the main pool.
The plant fair runs on Saturday 11th April from 10am-4pm with FREE ENTRY to the Plant Fair and excellent Lakeside Restaurant. FREE PARKING. Entry to Beautiful 156-acre arboretum with over 3000 types of trees and shrubs optional at normal prices. For full details of nurseries attending see www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk
Bodenham Arboretum is situated between Bridgnorth and Kidderminster just off the A442 – use postcode DY11 5TB for SatNav.
This Easter Sunday and Monday the wonderful Dorothy Clive Gardens are opening their gates for what has become one of the best-loved garden events in the region. This event offers better than half price entry to the gardens and a brilliant Plant Hunters’ Fair at just £4.00 (normally, standard garden entry is £8.50). The plant fair boasts 20 top-class nurseries, including RHS Medal Winners and National Collection Holders offering a tremendous variety of plants coming from all corners of the country including National Collection Holders, Roseland House Clematis and Climbers from Cornwall; woodland plant specialists Edrom Nursery from Berwickshire; award-winning alpine nursery Pottertons from Lincolnshire; rare woody edibles and other hard to find trees and shrubs from Jurassic Plants and gold medal winning specialists Hall Farm Nursery and Chris Cooke Plants. Plus, many more wonderful specialist nurseries with every sort of plant. Also, don’t miss our two artisan stalls, Aluminium Art for your garden and iron plant supports from Staffordshire’s, Artisan Plant Supports, all hand-made using traditional methods.
The Plant Hunters’ Fair is situated in the heart of this most charming and beautiful 12-acre garden famed for its dazzling spring display of rhododendrons and azaleas with massed drifts of bulbs. Explore the gardens, sit and relax in the many seating areas, and enjoy the tearoom’s home baking on the terrace lawn, whilst enjoying the lovely views of the surrounding countryside. This event now in its twelfth year is a special fund-raising event for the Willoughbridge Garden Charitable Trust who maintain these wonderful gardens. The garden offers a great special event price on these days only of just £4.00 for garden and plant fair entry (normally, standard garden entry is £8.50).The plant fair takes place on Sunday 12th and Monday 13th April and runs from 10am – 5pm both days. Dogs on leads welcome. Refreshments available.
For full details of nurseries attending please see www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk
Join owner John Cushing and guest medical herbalist Bee McGovern for a morning walk and talk around the kitchen garden. John, who co-founded the hotel and restaurant, is the driving force to the genuinely productive kitchen garden, which showcases the growing of herbs and vegetables, many of which are unusual.
Bee will focus on key medicinal uses and nutritional benefits, along with preparation ideas.
Afterwards enjoy a seasonally driven herb focused three course lunch designed by Head Chef Liam Philbin, showcasing herbs and produce from the garden.
Head Gardener Nick Huxley will be on hand to offer sage counsel in the art of herb and vegetable cultivation.
Date: Wednesday 13th May 2020
10:30 Herbal tea or coffee, homemade biscuits
11:00 Garden tour
12:30 Herbal aperitif, three course lunch followed by herbal infusions, or coffee
Cost: £47.50 (RHS members receive a 20% discount on booking)
The award-winning Ginger and Spice Festival is making a welcome return this September for a celebration of all things spicy during British Food Fortnight. Set in and around the centre of the medieval Shropshire town, Market Drayton, the festival celebrates the local culinary heritage with links to the ancient spice routes and what is thought to be the oldest gingerbread in the country! On Saturday 26th September 2020, enjoy a spicy street market including a food theatre with top chefs, spice trail, children’s food classes, gingerbread baking contest and much more! The Spice Exchange Street Market is free to all! www.gingerandspicefest.co.uk