Buckland festival dates confirmed

Horticulturalist and television broadcaster Toby Buckland has announced next year's dates for his gardening festivals, the Powderham Castle event and the Garden Festival at Bowood House and Gardens.

 The Garden Festival at Bowood House - image: Matt Austin
The Garden Festival at Bowood House - image: Matt Austin

The Powderham Castle festival in Exeter, Devon, is returning for its third year on Friday April 29 and Saturday April 30. The Bowood House event in Calne, Wiltshire, is taking place on Saturday June 4 and Sunday June 5.

The first event is taking place at the castle, which is the family home of the Earl and Countess of Devon and where Buckland owns a nursery and boutique plant centre that specialises in bare-root perennials. The event was created by Buckland last year (2014), when he decided to put together a gardening event which champions the smaller, specialist nurseries, in order to give them a chance of reaching a wider audience – and to allow gardeners to get the best advice. Meanwhile, the Garden Festival at Bowood House and Gardens was launched this year (2015) and will be returning next summer.

Buckland said: "We have done great things with these shows in a very short period of time, enabling more specialist nurseries to meet a wider public. Feedback from visitors tells us that there's a huge gap in the market for a new type of gardening event. They appreciate the beautiful locations and the readily shared specialist knowledge from both nurseries and guest speakers. Consequently, our festivals have real down-to-earth popular appeal."

For more information visit www.tobygardenfest.co.uk.

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