July- heady scents fill the air, grasses billow in the wind, and the evenings seem to be ever long. It’s the height of Summer, and the blooms are at their peak, as is the sunshine. We can’t think of a more fabulous way to enjoy this very special time of year than to visit one of the wonderful garden events happening near you….
Plant Fairs Roadshow- Summer Plant Fair, Chawton House, Alton, Hampshire
21st July- 11-4pm- Adults £5 Entry
What could be better than to stroll around a beautiful historical garden in Jane Austen heartland, and browse the fantastic plants on offer direct from growers from nurseries around the South East.p, who will be offering a wide range of bulbs, perennials, herbs shrubs and trees. With 13 specialist nurseries attending, there’s something for everyone:
- Beechbridge Plants, Kent
- Charleshurst Farm Nursery W.Sussex
- Copton Ash, Kent
- Forget Me Not Plants, W. Sussex
- Hardy’s Cottage Plants, Hants
- Little Omenden, Kent
- Madrona Nursery, Kent
- Marcus Dancer Plants
- Moore & Moore, Essex
- Pelham Plants, W. Sussex
- Pineview Plants, Kent
- Phoenix Plants, Hants
- Swallowfields, Kent
Hosted by Plant Fairs Roadshow, their ‘Plant Doctor’ will be offering free consultations and a personel shopping for that tricky part of the garden and to help diagnose your horticultural ailments and provide prescriptions for a beautiful garden.The Chawton House garden volunteers will be there to chat to you about their work too. Please email our Garden Volunteer coordinator, Sally Topsom at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in joining them!
BBC Gardener’s Question Time- RHS Wisley, Surrey- Live Recording
15th July- Free Entry- Tickets – 5.30pm
BBC Gardeners’ Question Time will be recording from RHS Garden Wisley. The celebrated panel of gardening experts (Matthew Pottage, Matthew Wilson and Christine Walkden) will be tackling the questions put to them by the live audience.
Gardeners’ Question Time is a Radio 4 institution, attracting more than two million listeners a week. Recorded in a different location each week, this long-standing radio programme has answered more than 40,000 questions since its inception in 1947.
The panel members have been guests of a diverse range of gardening clubs and locations; including the top of Snowdon, Buckingham Palace, and 10 Downing Street. The panel never sees the questions before the recording. Their encyclopaedic, seemingly effortless answers are completely spontaneous and reveal their huge experience and depth of gardening knowledge. Being on the GQT panel is not for the faint-hearted!
Tickets are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis – book your place.
Festival Of The Garden- Charleston, Firle, Lewes, Sussex
13-14th July- 1 Day Ticket £30- 2 Day Ticket £50 10-6pm
Charleston was the Sussex home of the Bloomsbury group, including the artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant.
The House, garden, galleries and café are open all year Wednesday-Sunday.
Curated by landscape designer and 8 times Chelsea gold medallist Tom Stuart-Smith, Festival of the Garden is a weekend of talks, tours and demonstrations by pioneering gardeners, designers and horticulturalists.
Themes this year include husbandry versus wildness, allotments & sustainability and the healing garden.
The barnyard will be buzzing with a specially curated selection of garden stands with demos running throughout the Festival. Garden tours with Head Gardener Fiona Dennis will run daily.
Drop in to the free ‘Green talk’ sessions in the Orchard which will focus on the future of gardening, and nurturing careers in gardening, or share your passions and take part in the gardeners open mic.
Individual event, day tickets and all event tickets available
Walled Garden Wednesday; Herb Garden- Scotney Castle, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
10th July- National Trust Members Free- 2-3pm
The herb garden at Scotney Castle has become a relaxing and interesting ‘room’. Come and find out about the plants grown here; for dyeing, tea making, medicinal and culinary purposes with one of the venues ‘Walled Garden Wednesday’ talks. Also, why not explore more of the gardens while you’re there?
Scotney Castle’s garden is like a landscape painting with drama and romance. With a stunning vista of the old castle glimpsed through a swathe of rhododendrons and azaleas, to the walled garden bursting with produce and the natural habitats of the wider estate, summer is a wonderful season full of colour to enjoy all it offers.
The garden has naturalistic planting which is seemingly untouched by human hand and its cloud-like planting of rhododendrons and azaleas creates a fairytale feel, with the ruins of the Old Castle at its centre. Wisteria and old English roses adorn its sandstone walls, whilst the surrounding herbaceous beds are always throwing out new colours throughout the seasons. The perfect place for a picnic, and to while away a stunningly sunny July day…