Plant Fairs Roadshow
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Talks by our growers

A number of our knowledgeable growers are available to provide talks to gardening clubs and other interested groups. At this stage it is best to contact individual nurseries following the links on the Nurseries page.


Fiona Wemyss of Blueleaf Plants is pleased to offer three different talks - all based around her gorgeous succulents.
1. Succulents & Why You Should Love Them
2. Growing Succulents in the Garden
3. Low Maintenance Containers High Impact Plants
All talks are accompanied by colour slides and she will bring examples as well as sales plants. A handout with cultivation notes and suggested further reading useful web-sites etc can be provided. £80 plus 40p mileage. Contact


Paul Barney of Edulis nursery has a range of talks on edibles and plant hunting in various far flung places.

The charge is £120 plus mileage

For more details of Paul's talks contact him at


Hardys Cottage Garden Plants owner Rosy Hardy can give talks on a wide range of subjects.

 The costs are £105 plus travel expenses, for more infomation contact


Philip Johnson of Johnson's is pleased to offer two talks at present. One, a slide presentation about growing and showing Sweet Peas; the other a demonstration centred on growing alpines in containers. Both talks last around three quarters of an hour.

Only available during the evening. Cost is subject to distance and you are advised to contact him directly for further details


Marina Christopher of Phoenix Plants is a well known horticulturist, naturalist and writer, gives talks on a broad range of subjects including propagation, Umbellifers, plants for pollinators. Costs are £150 plus mileage. Contact Marina to find out the extent of subjects covered marina@phoenixperennialplants


Colin Moat of Pineview Plants currently has several talks, one on his interests and advice of shade loving perennials, entitled ’50 Greys of Shade’ and the second, a self-explanatory ‘A stumble around the Alpine Flowers of Austria’, another one of Colins talks is 'In Praise of Higher Beings' on the wonders and benefits of taller plants in the border. The charge is normally £95 + 40p per mile, depending on distance, venue and audience. Contact


Graham Blunt of Plantbase gives talks on the diverse and exotic plants from around the world. Graham will bring a selection of plants from the nursery to sell at the talk.

The fees are £50 plus mileage. Contact for more details.


Rachael Castle of Swallowfields is happy to provide a talk on Primula auricula and its cultivars and covers their history, cultivation, and categories. It lasts approximately 1 hour. Fee: £75 plus 40p per mile travel expenses. Contact



Seasonal news

Plant fairs & nurseries update

It is with saddness our first plant fair of 2021 at Hole Park on the 7th of Feburary, has been cancelled due to the Covid 19 lockdown restrictions.

So with that news in mind we'll focus on the next fair at Borde Hill Garden on the 18th of April. this spring fair is a new season for us to visit this fabulous garden at.


Last year was a challenging year but so pleased that we were able to run three fairs sucessfully with timed entry and a change to nursery layout in each garden. These changes will remain in place for future fairs.


The nurseries who come to the plant fairs, many have made adjustments to their businesses like mail order and are still doing so but please contact the nursery to make sure.


Enjoy gardening, keep planting and stay safe.

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