Glut of garden festivals causes casualty

Toby Buckland has reluctantly decided to cancel his garden festival at Bowood House & Gardens in Wiltshire on June 4-5 this year.

Buckland said: "Nationally and locally, garden events have proliferated in an already congested early Summer season, this has impacted on the potential of our Wiltshire event and put its long-term prospects in jeopardy. Post-Chelsea combined with the busiest time of year for the smaller nurseries, we seek to promote, together with clashing of other events nearby that weekend has resulted in a much reduced number of exhibitors able to attend our festival.

"We had put in a superb speaker programme, engaged local musicians and sought out fine local food producers as is usual with our successful formula, but without enough exhibitors our many supporters and followers would not get what they have come to expect from our gardening festivals. We are very sad to announce this news but don’t forget we will be back in Devon [for Toby's Powderham Castle Garden Festival) next year on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th April 2017."

All pre ticket sales will be refunded in full. Please contact for queries and refunds: Alan Lewis at

In response to the Toby Buckland Garden Festival's decision to cancel its upcoming event at Bowood House and Gardens, owner Lord Lansdowne has said: "We are deeply distressed to learn the news of the Toby Buckland Garden Festival's decision to cancel as Bowood is such a respected centre of garden excellence.

"We know that many people will be extremely disappointed and we are currently looking at the possibility of working with gardening groups and clubs who were planning to attend the event to see how we can accommodate them on garden tours during the season."

To reschedule, garden tour organisers are advised to e-mail

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