The sun came out, thousands of people flooded in and a great day out was had by all at the end of April at the third in the series of Toby Buckland Garden Festivals. Garden lovers came from far and wide to experience the fabulous selection of nurseries and the inspiring talks given by garden experts.
'It felt like the festival came of age,” said Toby, “This was its third year and so many visitors have remarked how it stood out from all the other garden shows in terms of its friendly atmosphere and the experience of being in such a beautiful Castle setting. We've really worked hard to create a diverse and quality show both in terms of the exhibitors and the entertainment.”
The speakers marquee was full to bursting with Toby, Christine Walkden, Joe Swift, and Jim Buttress keeping the audience informed with humour and great horticultural knowledge. Specialist talks in the Castle Victorian Kitchen attracted capacity numbers and covered topics from wildlife gardening and perfect composting to planting on the coast and growing-your-own tea.
A total of 187 exhibitors displaying extraordinary and beautiful plants, garden equipment, antiques, tools, crafts and garden furniture were spread across the castle grounds. Visitors could enjoy a delicious variety of local food, relax in the tea tent listening the live music interspersed with gardening advice sessions run by BBC Radio Devon or just chill out on the grass with a pint and a picnic blanket between plant hunting forays.
We’re counting down to 28th and 29th April 2017 and the fourth Toby Buckland Garden Festival, Powderham Castle, Kenton, Devon. Look out soon for more details.