Plant Fairs Roadshow
Plant Fairs Roadshow

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

Covid-19, Plant fairs & nurseries update

Due to Covid 19 all plant fairs are cancelled up to the end of May so all of our lovely supporting nurseries are unable to attend them so are adapting as follows:-

Beechbridge Nursery - Collection only

Blackstem Plants - Delivery

Blueleaf Plants - Mail order on Etsy

Copton Ash - Collection only

Dyson's Salvias - Mail order

Hedgehog Plants - Mail order

Little Omenden - Delivery

Pelham Plants - Delivery / Mail order on

                         New website

Philip Johnson Sweet Peas - Mail order

                        for seeds

Pineview Plants - Delivery / Mail order

Plantbase - mail order

Rose Cottage Plants- Mail order

Sussex Fruit Trees - Delivery


The good news is that the plants you would have bought, are not in isolation so please visit the nursery websites and buy direct from them.

We don't need to tell you how important it is to support plant nurseries in these times.


Enjoy gardening, keep planting and stay safe.

Exciting news

 A return to Hole Park for a late summer visit in August to see the gardens in full bloom.

There are two wonderful new venues this year. The first is Myddelton House Garden in Enfield at the end of May, this is an important horticultural gem as is it was the home of E A Bowles.who wrote several books and is home to a National collection of Crocus.

Our next venue is Sissinghurst Castle garden this was the home of the garden writer Vita Sackville-West and one of the National Trusts most popular gardens. This would be Plant Fairs Roadshow last fair of the season in September.

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