Plant Hunters Fairs 2019


The National Memorial Arboretum
Croxall Road. Alrewas, Staffordshire, DE13 7AR
Sunday 10th March 2019 10am – 4pm
FREE ENTRY to plant Fair & Arboretum (charge to park)
We will be holding our first fair of the 2019 season here. Entry to the plant fair is free and features many highly respected specialist nurseries with a great range of perennials, shrubs, trees, rare species and old heritage varieties. Simply something for every plant lover. The National Memorial Arboretum is a special place of memorial and inspiration with so much to offer visitors: secluded gardens to explore, a nature reserve and a lovely restaurant. The arboretum and fair are free to enter. There are 150 acres of wooded parkland where visitors can both enjoy and learn about the trees and their surroundings and reflect upon their special symbolism. Many of the memorials are placed in peaceful gardens. Although still a ‘young’ arboretum, in excess of 50,000 trees on the site are rapidly growing into a unique living tribute. Enjoy a hearty, freshly-prepared breakfast, mouth-watering lunch or rest mid-afternoon with a refreshing ‘cuppa’ and a slice of homemade cake in the two eateries, the Restaurant and Coffee Shop, where the food and drink served are freshly prepared.

Carsington Water
Big Lane, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1ST
Saturday 16th March 2019 10am – 4pm
FREE ENTRY to Plant Fair & Country Park (charge to park). With FREE ENTRY to this plant fair the event offers the opportunity to pop along and visit many specialist nurseries to get your gardening season off to a great start. Carsington Water is a superb location rich in wildlife, scenery and activities for people of all ages. There are 8 miles of paved walks from short strolls to long serious walks. The reservoir was always conceived as a natural-looking haven for wildlife and exciting space for water-based activities co-existing in harmony. The restaurant serves a wide range of lunches and refreshments and has windows and a terrace that give panoramic views of the water and park.

Alderford Lake
Tilstock Rd, Whitchurch, Shropshire SY13 3JQ
Sunday 17th March 2019 10am -4pm
FREE ENTRY to Plant Fair. Free Parking. Entry to this popular plant fair at Alderford Lake is completely free, so pop along and visit many specialist nurseries at no charge to get your gardening season off to a great start. The plant fair boasts a brilliant line-up of nurseries. The nursery folk will be more than happy to give you the benefit of their experience of planting and caring for the plants you buy so you can get the best from them. You can choose to take the lakeside walks (50p charge). Delicious breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas are available from the lakeside café. There is ample free parking.

Sugnall Walled Garden
Sugnall, Eccleshall, Stafford, ST21 6NF
Saturday 23rd March 2019 10am – 4pm
Entry to Garden and Plant Fair £1.00 Free Parking. Please note: our spring fair at Sugnall Walled Garden for 2019 is at the earlier date of Saturday 23 March. Featuring many highly respected specialist nurseries with a great range of perennials, shrubs, trees, herbs, rare species and old heritage varieties. The 2-acre Walled Kitchen Garden at Sugnall near Eccleshall Staffs dates from 1738 and has been restored as a working kitchen garden producing fruit and vegetables to serve in the tearoom and for homemade jams and chutneys on sale at the garden. The tearoom will be serving home-made fare including teas and cake. For those of you who have caught the “grow your own” bug the garden will be an inspiration. Entry to fair and garden is only £1.00 with free parking.

Ness Botanic Gardens
Ness, Neston, Wirral CH64 4AY
Sunday 24th March 2019 10am -4pm
Entry £1.00 to Plant Fair (redeemable when paying for optional entry to the garden) Free Parking. The spring plant fair at Ness Botanic Gardens has a wonderful line-up of top nurseries. The mix of nurseries ensures there’s something for every type of garden; little gems to tempt the most discerning plants person and lots of help and advice for the new or less experienced gardener.

Patchings Art Centre
Oxton Road, Calverton, Nottinghamshire NG14 6NU
Saturday 30th March 2019 10am -4pm
Free Entry to Plant Fair Free parking. Entry to this NEW Plant Hunters’ Fair at Patchings Art Centre is completely free and offers the opportunity to pop along and visit 20 highly respected specialist nurseries and artisans from across the country at no charge to get your gardening season off to a great start. The nursery folk will be more than happy to give you the benefit of their experience in how to plant and care for the plants you buy so you can get the best from them. Patchings Art Centre has so much to offer with galleries and working artists. Take a walk around the grounds and discover a myriad of insects and wildlife as you meander along the grass paths, gardens with woodland walk, lake area with Monet Bridge all with free entry.

Middleton Hall
Middleton Hall, Middleton, Tamworth, Staffordshire B78 2AE
Sunday 31st March 2019 10am – 4pm
Entry to Hall, Gardens & Plant Fair only £3.00 Free parking. Where better to get inspiration for your garden than at this great plant fair at this wonderful Staffordshire venue. With entrance to the gardens, grounds, hall and plant fair all for just £3.00, we’re sure you’ll want to bring your friends and family to make a day of it. The event offers the opportunity to visit a brilliant line-up of 23 specialist nurseries and artisans from across the country to get your gardening season off to a great start.
Middleton Hall spans seven centuries of English domestic architecture and is set in 42 acres of tranquil grounds which include a beautiful walled garden, an orchard, Middleton Lake and a nature trail. The tearooms will serve light refreshments.

Hoghton Tower
Hoghton, Nr Preston, Lancashire PR5 0S
Saturday 6th April 2019 10am -4pm
Entry Plant Fair only £1.00 – in aid of Hoghton Tower Preservation Trust. Free Parking. This is our only visit of the year to Lancashire. The plant fair offers the opportunity to visit some wonderful specialist nurseries to get the gardening season off to a great start with a great range of perennials, alpines, shrubs, trees, rare species and old heritage varieties. Tea rooms and the Stables Gift Shop will also be open. Hoghton Tower is set in magnificent grounds, situated 650ft above sea level and approached by a steep, straight 0.75 mile long drive, a 16th-century Elizabethan fortified manor-house. The ancestral home of the de Hoghton family, Hoghton Tower has been a part of Lancashire’s landscape since 1565. Take a stroll through history on a guided tour of one of England’s most atmospheric stately homes. The expert and entertaining guides will share stories into the many dramas and characters that have shaped the history of the house. Entry to the Gardens or House is optional (separate charges).

Bramall Hall,
Bramhall Park, off Hall Road, Bramhall, Stockport, Cheshire SK7 3NX
Sunday 7th April 2019 11am -4pm
£2.00 entry to plant fair in aid of special projects at the hall. There is free entry to the 70-acre parkland. Bramall Hall is one of Cheshire’s most historic houses with surrounding parkland in the style of Capability Brown. There is free entry to the 70-acre parkland. Hall entry is optional at standard prices. The event offers the opportunity to visit a brilliant line-up of 20 specialist nurseries and artisans and is a special fund-raising event for special projects at the hall and has proved hugely popular, rapidly gaining a reputation as the best specialist plant fair in the area. The historic hall is also open (1pm-5pm, separate charge) to take you back to its medieval roots.

Sandwell Valley Park
Sandwell Valley Country Park, Salters Lane, West Bromwich, West Midlands B71 4BG
Saturday 13th April 2019 10am -4pm
FREE ENTRY to plant fair and country park (P&D parking). This free to enter plant fair offers the opportunity to pop along and visit many specialist nurseries from across the country to get the gardening season off to a great start. At the same time why not enjoy a walk at this wonderful Country Park with 660 acres to walk round you can go for a quiet stroll in pleasant surroundings. To round off your trip why not enjoy a visit to Sandwell Park Farm, (there is a separate entry charge for this) a fully restored working Victorian farm with grazing meadows, a traditional farmyard, walled kitchen gardens, Grade II listed buildings, a small museum and award-winning tea rooms to provide a perfect day out. The farm is home to a number of rare breed animals.

Consall Hall Landscape Gardens
Consall, Wetley Rocks, Staffordshire. ST9 0AG
Sunday 14th April 2019 10am – 5pm
Entry to the 70-acre Gardens and Plant fair only £3.00. Free Parking. We have been visiting Consall Hall Gardens near Leek for the last 8 years and sadly it looks like this year’s event might well be our last chance to visit this spectacular venue as the hall and gardens pass into private ownership during 2019. So, we encourage all garden lovers to make the most of this opportunity to come along on and explore this treasure. This is a great opportunity to visit this rarely open dramatic and enthralling landscape garden in the heart of the North Staffordshire countryside. There are over 70 acres of lakes, garden and landscape to explore via four miles of paths with many covered areas to sit. You can truly make a day of it whatever the weather. The fair continues to attract the cream of our specialist nurseries and there will be something for everyone. Large tearoom serving teas and light lunches.

Whittington Castle
Castle St, Whittington, Shropshire SY11 4DF
Good Friday 19th April 2019 10am -4pm
Free Entry to Plant Fair (£1.00 per car to park). The strikingly picturesque and romantic ruins are steeped in much history, tales of bitter border warfare, romance and legend. Whittington is a small rural community in Shropshire close to the market town of Oswestry. Whittington Castle sits in the centre of this lovely village. The existing Castle is set in about 12 acres of ground and is the remains of a Norman home. A brilliant plant fair offering a great opportunity to get out on Good Friday at the start of the country’s biggest gardening weekend. With specialist nurseries with a great range of perennials, shrubs, herbs, rare species and old heritage varieties to get your gardening season off to a great start.

Bodenham Arboretum
Wolverley, Worcestershire, DY11 5SY
Easter Saturday 20th April 2019 10am – 4pm
Free Entry to Plant Fair and lakeside restaurant. What a wonderful setting for a plant event! From the mile-long approach drive to the heart of this 156-acre arboretum the beauty of the setting just keeps on unfolding. With FREE ENTRY to this plant fair the event offers the opportunity to pop along and visit many specialist nurseries from across the country to get your gardening season off to a great start. The visitor centre and lakeside restaurant are housed in an award-winning environmentally sensitive building and serve a wide variety of home-cooked meals and light refreshments including meats from the farm. Why not enjoy the spring weather and take your tea on the terrace overlooking the main pool. Entry to the plant fair and access to the restaurant are completely free with free parking. Entry to the arboretum is optional and at normal prices.

The Dorothy Clive Garden
Willoughbridge, Mkt Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 4EU
Sunday 21st & Monday 22nd April 2019 (Easter Sunday & Monday) 10am – 5.00pm
Better Than Half Standard Price Entry to Gardens & Plant Fair £4.00 (Normal standard entry is usually £8.50) Free Parking
This is a special fund-raising event for the Willoughbridge Garden Trust. One of the best-loved garden events in the area wooing visitors with a winning line-up of the best nurseries around, a most charming and beautiful garden and a truly relaxing and inviting atmosphere. The 12-acre Dorothy Clive Garden features a superb woodland garden, alpine scree, gravel garden, a damp garden and spectacular flower borders. Famed for its dazzling spring display of rhododendrons and azaleas with massed drifts of bulbs. Explore the gardens, sit and relax in the many seating areas, and enjoy the tearoom’s home baking on the terrace lawn, whilst enjoying the lovely views of the surrounding countryside. The Plant Hunters’ Fair boasts 17 top-class nurseries, including RHS Medal Winners and National Collection Holders offering a tremendous variety of plants coming from all corners of the country including National Collection Holders, Roseland House Clematis and Climbers from Cornwall; woodland plant specialists Edrom Nursery from Berwickshire; award-winning alpine nursery Pottertons from Lincolnshire; rare woody edibles and other hard to find trees and shrubs from Jurassic plants and gold medal winning specialists Packhorse Farm Nursery specialising in Acers and rare and desirable shrubs. Plus, many more wonderful specialist nurseries with every sort of plant. Also, don’t miss our two artisan stalls with Staffordshire terracotta garden ware and iron plant supports, all hand-made using traditional methods.” This is a special fund-raising event for the charitable trust that owns and maintains the garden.

Battlefield 1403
Upper Battlefield, Shrewsbury SY4 3DB
Saturday 27th April 2019 9.30am – 4.00pm
FREE ENTRY. Free Parking. The plant fair offers the opportunity to pop along and visit many specialist nurseries at no charge to get the gardening season off to a great start. At the same time visit Battlefield 1403’s excellent farm shop, deli and Sparrow’s Café, which are a celebration of low food miles, only buying British (and that means no lemons or grapes in sight), fresh seasonal products with full traceability. The café cooks up a storm daily using local produce sourced from the estate and local producers. Battlefield 1403 is a something quite different location for Plant Hunters’ Fairs and has a lot to offer our plant fair visitors! Today Battlefield 1403 is a bustling farm shop, butchery, deli, cafe and exhibition, but over 600 years ago this was the site of one the bloodiest battles fought on British soil. After visiting the plant fair and shop at Battlefield 1403, take a walk around the boundary of the 100-hectare battlefield. Battlefield Church is said to have been erected over the site of the mass burial pit dug immediately after the battle. Now looked after by The Churches Conservation Trust, it provides an opportunity for quiet reflection. The Battle of Shrewsbury exhibition explains the facts as we know them and introduces additional fun facts for children. Exhibits on display include a fully armoured “Sir Nicholas”, various weaponry, a longbow archer and other medieval artefacts.

Cholmondeley Castle Gardens
Malpas, Cheshire SY14 8AH
Sunday 28th April 2019 10am-5pm
Half-Price Entry to Gardens & Fair only £3.50 Free Parking. Plants will be at the heart of the event and we have a brilliant line-up of nurseries, each with something new, different and unusual for every Plant lover. Cholmondeley Castle Gardens is said by many to be among the most romantically beautiful gardens they have seen will have a stunning display from the drifts of bulbs and flowering trees and shrubs. The Gothic revival castle – a product of the early 19th century – stands on a high rise above a lake and is surrounded by sweeping lawns and a variety of mature trees, including cedars of Lebanon, oak and chestnut. The surrounding gardens provide a lovely mix of colour and height, with intriguing walks around the lake. There is a temple water garden, rose garden, rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and a variety of mixed borders. Why not bring a picnic and enjoy magnificent views across the deer park mere, with its many varieties of wild birds together with an excellent view of Cholmondeley Castle. The plant fair is handily placed right next to the tearooms!

Donington Le Heath 1620’s House & Garden
Donington Le Heath, Coalville Leics LE67 2FW
Saturday 4th May 2019 10am – 4pm
SPECIAL FUND-RAISING EVENT for Donington Le Heath 1620’s House & Garden: Entry to Gardens & Plant Fair only £1.00 Free Parking. The plant fair features highly respected specialist nurseries with a great range of perennials, alpines, shrubs, trees, rare species and old heritage varieties. Surrounding the Manor House are period gardens and woodland planted as part of the development of the National Forest. The gardens, re-created in a 17th century style, include flower and herb gardens, an ornamental maze and an orchard. The Old Barn Tea Room will be open and serving home baked cakes, light lunches and a range of hot and cold drinks. The house is open on the day and if you would like to see it there is a separate charge to entre. This rare and beautiful house is a surviving example of a family home built in the 13th century and then modernised in 1618. It has been home to many families over its 700 year history, but the Digby family, which included the Gunpowder Plotter Sir Everard Digby, lived in the house for over two hundred years. It is towards the end of the Digby ownership that the refurbished house is focused, showing how people lived in late Elizabethan and early Jacobean times. Visitors can now see the beautifully restored period rooms and talk to our volunteers about the history of the house, the families that lived here and about life in the 1620s.

Weston Park
Weston-under-Lizard Nr Shifnal, Shropshire, TF11 8LE
Sunday 5th & Monday 6th May 2019 10am – 5pm
Special Low Entry for Gardens & Plant Fair £3.00 (adult entry normally £6.50). Free Parking. Weston is an award-winning stately home set in 1000 acres of “Capability” Brown parkland, much of it wooded and planted with spring bulbs, bluebells, azaleas and rhododendrons. There are miles of woodland walks, lakes and the beautiful formal gardens to explore. Children can let off steam in the Woodland Adventure Playground. The wonderful Plant Hunters Fairs will once again make Weston their home over the Bank Holiday weekend with a great plant fair showcasing highly respected nurseries. Whether you are a green-fingered professional or just like to potter in the garden, there will be a wide selection of top-quality nurseries attending. There will be a great mix of expert growers, each with their own distinctive specialities.

The National Memorial Arboretum
Croxall Road. Alrewas, Staffordshire, DE13 7AR
Saturday 11th May 2019 10am – 4pm
FREE ENTRY to plant Fair & Arboretum (charge to park). Come for a day out, find some lovely plants for your garden, get expert advice from the enthusiastic nurserymen, and take time to experience the peace and tranquillity, the trees, the memorials, and the parkland walks. Enjoy a hearty, freshly-prepared breakfast, mouth-watering lunch or rest mid-afternoon with a refreshing ‘cuppa’ and a slice of homemade cake in the two eateries, the Restaurant and Coffee Shop, where the food and drink served are freshly prepared.

Adlington Hall
Mill Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 4LF
Sunday 12th May 2019 10am – 4pm
Half Price Entry to Gardens & Plant Fair only £3.00 Free Parking. Free Guided Tours Available. Back again for the 11th year, by popular demand, the Plant Hunters Fair will be held in the grounds of Cheshire’s fabulous historic Adlington Hall. This event has become firmly established in the gardener’s calendar as the place to go to get something different and special for your garden. The popular plant fair will be set against the backdrop of the historic hall and is surrounded by the beautiful gardens and parkland. With so much to see, why not take one of the free guided tours of the gardens with the Head Gardener Anthony O’Grady or simply relax, take in the beautiful gardens and enjoy the lovely refreshments that are available. Adlington Hall is one of the oldest and most historic Cheshire houses. The 2,000-acre Estate contains parkland landscaped in the 18th century in the style of ‘Capability Brown’ complete with ha-ha. The Lime Avenue dating from 1688 is one of the oldest surviving in Britain and leads to a woodland wilderness with winding paths, temples, bridges and follies in a rococo manner. A path through the laburnum Arcade leads into the formal Rose Garden, then on to the Maze created in English Yew. The Father Tiber water Garden provides a peaceful haven with its ponds, fountains and water cascade and the parterre provides a colourful addition to the east wing.

British Ironwork Centre
Whitehall Aston, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 4JH
Saturday 18th May 2019 10am – 4pm
£1.00 in aid of Hope House Children’s Hospices. Free Parking. Please note: our spring fair at the British Ironwork Centre for 2019 is on a Saturday this time. Our plant fairs at The British Ironwork Centre have raised thousands of pounds for Hope House Children’s Hospices, with the £1.00 entrance fee going to this very deserving cause. Please help us raise more in 2019! Come for a great day out, find some lovely plants for your garden, get expert advice from the enthusiastic nursery folk. The British Ironworks Centre not only boasts a working smithy and a showroom featuring the biggest choice of quality British ironware for both indoors and garden use but also the Shropshire Sculpture Park featuring a safari in ironwork that has to be seen to be believed! The venue has lots to see and explore with something for all ages, plus the bonus of a great Plant Hunters’ Fair to enjoy!

Abbeywood Gardens
Chester Road, Delamere, Cheshire CW8 2HW
Sunday 19th May 2019 10am -4pm
SPECIAL LOW ENTRY PRICE TO GARDENS AND PLANT FAIR ONLY £3.00 (Normal entry is £5.50). Free Parking. Plant Hunters’ Fairs come to Abbeywood Gardens in Cheshire on Sunday 19th May, a new earlier time of year for 2019. The gardens have plenty to see and enjoy with 6 acres divided into separate garden areas, each with its own distinctive character and themed planting. The long, flowering, naturalistically planted herbaceous borders of the main garden are divided by impressive yew hedges into the pool, chapel and pergola gardens each bursting with sensational colour. The exciting and vibrantly planted Christopher Lloyd inspired Exotic Garden is filled with Dahlias, Bananas, tender perennials and annuals. A fabulous prairie garden. The plant fair will have a great mix of expert growers, each with their own distinctive specialities.

Pottertons Nursery & Garden in aid of the National Garden Scheme (NGS)
Moortown Road Nettleton, Caistor, Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN7 6HX
Sunday 26th May 2019 9am -5pm
Entry to the plant fair and gardens is £3.00 in aid of the National Garden Scheme (NGS) Free Parking. NGS opening including a great Plant Hunters’ Fair at the wonderful Pottertons Alpine Nursery and their beautiful garden. The plant fair offers the opportunity to see many specialist nurseries who don’t normally visit this part of the country. The large garden contains many planting features including alpine rockeries with pool, stream and waterfall, raised beds, troughs, tufa stone bed, crevice garden, woodland and peat beds. All extensively planted with hundreds of varieties of alpines, bulbs and woodland or shade loving plants, providing lots of colour and interest all year round but will be at their peak in late May.

Carsington Water
Big Lane, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1ST
Bank Holiday Monday 27th May 2019 10am – 4pm
FREE ENTRY to Plant Fair & Country Park (charge to park). It’s just the right time to pick up some summer flowering plants to give your garden a boost and the nurseries will have just the right plant for your garden with nurseries specialising in plants of all sizes for a wide range of garden situations from hot sun to cool shade. Carsington Water is a superb free-to-enter venue rich in wildlife, scenery and activities for people of all ages. There are 8 miles of paved walks from short strolls to long serious walks. The restaurant serves a wide range of lunches and refreshments and enjoys panoramic views of the water and park.

Hodnet Hall
Hodnet, Market Drayton, Shropshire. TF9 3NN
Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd June 2019 10am – 5pm
Special Low Entry Price for Gardens and Fair £4.00 (Half Standard Price Entry) Free Parking. Hodnet Hall boasts over 60 acres of breath-taking gardens with grand vistas; intimate, secluded areas, magnificent lakes, peony and rose garden, herbaceous borders, woodland garden, wildflower meadows and a walled kitchen garden. Visitors can explore the gardens, meet top nurserymen and women and enjoy light refreshments in the picturesque restaurant. What more could you want on an early summer’s day?

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre & Country Park
Sutton Cheney, Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV13 0AD
Saturday 8th June 2019 10am -4pm
£1.00 Entry to Plant Fair (P&D parking) Entry to the Country Park is FREE. Come along to Bosworth Battlefield for a great Plant Hunters’ Fair featuring highly respected specialist nurseries with a great mix of plants and specialities to delight plant lovers of every level of experience. It’s just the right time to pick up some Summer flowering plants to give your garden a boost and the nurseries will have just the right plant for your garden with nurseries specialising in plants of all sizes for a wide range of garden situations from hot sun to cool shade. The plants are lovingly grown by small specialist nurseries and these enthusiastic plants people are on hand to give honest, straightforward advice on choosing and growing the right plants for your garden. At the same time why not enjoy a walk on the country park trail, which invites you to discover the Battle of Bosworth whilst enjoying breath-taking views. The Visitor Centre will also be open (optional at normal entry prices).

Norton Priory Gardens
Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 1SX.
Sunday 9th June 2019 10am -4pm
FREE ENTRY TO THE PLANT FAIR Free Parking. This event will be in association with the walled garden’s NGS open day (£4.00 per person if you want to enter the garden or whole Site entry for gardens and museum £7.95 ). Special Group booking entry (pre-booked groups of 15 or more) Garden Entry Group Rate – £3.00 per person
Whole Site Entry Group Rate (includes garden and museum) – £5.00 per person. FREE ENTRY to this popular plant fair showcasing highly respected specialist nurseries with a great range of perennials, shrubs, trees, rare species and old heritage varieties. This event will be in association with the walled garden’s NGS open day (£4.00 per person if you want to enter the gardens or gardens and museum £7.95 there is a special group rate available). Norton Priory is the most excavated monastic site in Europe. Boasting the ruins of an Abbey, 12th century undercroft and an 18th century Walled Garden, it is located within an oasis of tranquil woodland and wildflower meadows. The new museum displays thousands of artefacts from Norton’s 900 year history including the internationally significant 14th century statue of St Christopher. The 2-acre Walled Garden was built between 1757 and 1770 for the Brooke family, the owners of Norton Priory. When the Brookes left Norton Priory, it became neglected and overgrown, until work began in 1980 by Runcorn Development Corporation to reclaim it. The garden was featured on BBC TV’s “Hidden Gardens” series with Chris Beardshaw. Essentially a kitchen garden, it would have been the source of fruit, vegetables and flowers for the mansion house. Today there is an orchard, a fruit garden, a vegetable garden, various ornamental borders and the beautiful Rose Walk. Norton Priory is home of the National Collection of Tree Quince (Cydonia Oblonga). The Walled Garden is also the location of a number of Norton Priory’s “hidden gems”, including the Ha Ha Wall, the Ice House and the Wildflower Meadow. The plant fair is held just outside the walled garden and runs from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. with free entry to plant fair and tearoom.

Arley Arboretum
Arley Estate, Upper Arley, Near Bewdley, Worcestershire DY12 1XJ
Saturday 22nd June 2019 10am – 5pm
Half Price Entry to Gardens, Arboretum & Plant Fair only £2.75 Free Parking. Discover a tranquil wonderland of rare and ancient trees, exquisite walled gardens and panoramic views. Go back in time and watch the Severn Valley Railway trains steam across the hill from one of the magnificent signposted walks. Add to this a plant fair with brilliant specialist nurseries and we’ve the perfect day out for plant lovers. The nursery folk will be more than happy to give you the benefit of their experience in how to plant and care for the plants you buy so you can get the best from them.

Henbury Hall Gardens
Henbury, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9PJ 10am -5pm
Gardens & Plant Fair only £3.00
POP-UP EVENT
As you may have heard one of our lovely venues Henbury Hall estate is currently for sale. So, we can’t be certain about our events in 2019. We have planned a pop-up event for 2019 and already have a wonderful line-up of nurseries planned to attend. So please check the website www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk from April for confirmation of the date which is likely to be late June 2019. Henbury Hall is a hidden gem in the heart of the rolling north Cheshire countryside, a setting of almost magical peace and tranquillity. The rarely open to the public 12-acre gardens have recently undergone a transformation to awake them from years of slumber and are just waiting to be explored and loved. Set in an undulating landscape and surrounding two magnificent lakes, the gardens contain many fine trees and shrubs including some rare specimens as well as more intimate spaces such as the walled garden. The plant fair features highly respected specialist nurseries with a great range of perennials, alpines, shrubs, trees, rare species and old heritage varieties.

Cholmondeley Castle Gardens
Malpas, Cheshire SY14 8AH
Sunday 30th June 2019 10am-5pm
Half-Price Entry to Gardens & Fair only £3.50 Free Parking. New Summer Plant Hunters’ Fair at the wonderful Cholmondeley Castle Gardens offering a special HALF PRICE entry on the day for the gardens and plant fair of just £3.50 we know you’ll be bringing your friends and family to make a day of it. Cholmondeley Castle Gardens is said by many to be among the most romantically beautiful gardens they have seen. The Castle is surrounded by sweeping lawns and a variety of mature trees. The gardens provide a lovely mix of colour and height, with intriguing walks around the lake. There is a Temple Water Garden and a recently replanted Rose Garden, with over 350 roses. A wonderful new 100m long double herbaceous border is in place with floral interest in these borders from spring through autumn, but they are at their best in summer. Great care has been taken to select plants which complement each other through both texture and colour. Several varieties of Dahlia can be found alongside Crocosmia, Salvia, Persicaria, Helenium, Echinacea, Geranium, Phlox, and the banana like leaves of Canna, in a scheme of varying shades of pinks, reds, oranges with the odd splash of mauve and white and new rose supports with climbing roses.

Sugnall Walled Garden
Sugnall, Stafford, ST21 6NF
Sunday 7th July 2019 10am – 4pm
Entry to Plant Fair £1.00 Free Parking. Plant fair featuring highly respected specialist nurseries with a great range of perennials, shrubs, trees, rare species and old heritage varieties. Please note: due to building work in the garden during the summer we will be holding the July fair in the woodyard adjacent to the walled garden. At the same time as visiting the plant fair why not take a walk on the network of paths and tracks, starting from the lane outside the walled garden, which takes walkers right to the heart of the estates rural idyll. There are several kissing gates to extend the network and provide a number of circular walks of different lengths past the pools. Ask for a free map. Refreshments available.

Middleton Hall
Middleton Hall, Middleton, Tamworth, Staffordshire B78 2AE
Sunday 21st July 2019 10am – 4pm
Entry to Hall, Gardens & plant Fair only £3.00 Free Parking. It’s just the right time to pick up some late flowering plants to give your garden a boost and we know that the nurseries will have just the right plant to set your summer garden ablaze with colour and add a sparkle to a shady spot, plus lots of expert knowledge on hand to help you choose the best for your and unique garden. With entrance to the gardens, grounds, hall and plant fair all for just £3.00, we’re sure you’ll want to bring your friends and family to have a lovely day out. Middleton Hall spans seven centuries of English domestic architecture and is set in 42 acres of tranquil grounds which include a beautiful walled garden, an orchard, Middleton Lake and a nature trail. The grounds are a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) including a nine-acre lake, noted Walled Garden and a children’s play park. Adjacent to the grounds are the RSPB reserve, Middleton Lakes. Middleton Hall has a special place in the history of our understanding of plants. It was the home of Francis Willughby, the naturalist – an original Fellow of the Royal Society – and it was here that he brought his teacher and friend, the first great English naturalist, John Ray. Ray compiled his Catalogus Angliae here, one of the first attempts at a comprehensive listing of British plants. Today there are large and small walled gardens, herbaceous borders, orchard and sunken garden. There is an adjacent Craft Centre, with specialist shops and cafe.

The National Memorial Arboretum
Croxall Road. Alrewas, Staffordshire, DE13 7AR
Saturday 27th July 2019 10am – 4pm
FREE ENTRY to plant Fair & Arboretum (charge to park). Come for a day out, find some lovely plants for your garden, get expert advice from the enthusiastic nurserymen, and take time to experience the peace and tranquillity, the trees, the memorials, and the parkland walks. Enjoy a hearty, freshly-prepared breakfast, mouth-watering lunch or rest mid-afternoon with a refreshing ‘cuppa’ and a slice of homemade cake in the two eateries, the Restaurant and Coffee Shop, where the food and drink served are freshly prepared.

British Ironwork Centre
Whitehall Aston, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 4JH
Sunday 28th July 2019 10am – 4pm
£1.00 in aid of Hope House Children’s Hospices. Free Parking. Summer Plant Hunters’ Fair at the British Ironwork Centre. This is a special fund-raising event for Hope House Children’s Hospices, with the £1.00 entrance fee going to this very deserving cause. It’s just the right time to pick up some Summer flowering plants to give your garden a boost and the nurseries will have just the right plant for your garden with nurseries specialising in plants of all sizes for a wide range of garden situations from hot sun to cool shade. The British Ironworks Centre not only boasts a working smithy and a showroom featuring the biggest choice of quality British ironware for both indoors and garden use but also the Shropshire Sculpture Park featuring a safari in ironwork that has to be seen to be believed! The venue has lots to see and explore with something for all ages, plus the bonus of a great Plant Hunters Fair to enjoy!

Donington Le Heath 1620’s House and Garden
Donington Le Heath, Coalville Leics LE67 2FW
Sunday 4th August 2019 10am – 4pm
SPECIAL FUND-RAISING EVENT for Donington Le Heath 1620’s House & Garden: Entry to Gardens & Plant Fair only £1.00 Free Parking

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