Toby's Garden Festival 2016

I have always wanted to go to the Chelsea Flower Show but have yet to manage it.  Fortunately, we have a rather special local gardening event, Toby's Garden Festival!  The venue is the glorious grounds of Powderham Castle, the 600 year old home of the Earl of Devon.

Held in the grounds of the castle, this is one of the most beautiful venues you can imagine.  Just walking through the gates conjures up images of knights on horseback. 

The market stalls set up in the courtyard are like a scene from a medieval fair...well, except for all the mobile phones, digital cameras, and modern wheelie trolleys. 

Enough of all that romantic stuff, lets get down to the gardening bit.  There are vendors selling every kind of plant imaginable from cottage garden plants to alpines.

If you love Heurcheras as much as I do, 'Heucheraholics' will surely have a plant just for you.

Perhaps something succulent is more your thing.  

If your borders are full to bursting, you can always squeeze in a slender plant stake.  These rusty flowers were fabulous.

There were lots of charming ornaments to add a bit of art to your garden from life size driftwood horses to these delicately carved doves.

When you've shopped 'till you are about to drop, you can go to the Speaker's Marquee where famous gardening folk like Christine Walkden will
 tell you how to 'Make the Most of Your Garden'.  

Then it's time for a spot of tea and a slice of cake, or maybe something a bit more substantial from the many fabulous food stalls.  Be sure to take a minute and just enjoy the view!

Toby's Garden Festival continues tomorrow from 10 am to 5 pm.  Do pop in for a visit if you can.  


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