A wide variety of plant nurseries, local artisans and gardening suppliers from across the breadth of East Anglia are set to come together for Holkham’s popular annual two-day plant fair over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, September 26-27, in the estate’s 18th century, six-acre walled gardens.
A highlight of this year’s fair will be a series of gardening Masterclass Talks, where Holkham’s landscape department will teach green-fingered visitors how to truly get the most from their gardens.
The two Masterclass Talks will run each day and there will be a chance to learn about gardening on a budget with The Frugal Gardener, which will explore the best ways of successfully growing plants and vegetables at home without breaking the bank, while A Cocktail from your Garden will demonstrate the best way to make delicious cocktails from fruits and herbs that you can grow and harvest at your own home.
The Plant Fair will include a vast range of plants, perfect for sprucing up gardens as autumn arrives, from many regional nurseries which will be showcasing their horticultural supplies.
There will also be gardening essentials to be snapped up with everything from decorative pots to specialist tools, along with talented, local artisans with their unique garden accessories. With all this and much more in store at Holkham’s Plant Fair, there will be specialist products and ideas aplenty for visitors to take back to their own gardens.
The beautiful setting of the walled gardens themselves will also rouse gardening enthusiasts and offer a chance to see the recently-planted vineyard, herbaceous borders in the arena of plants with its banks of seasonal blooms, the espaliered fruit trees and the organic vegetable garden.
Masterclass timetable: 11am and 1.30pm, The Frugal Gardener with Dene Wood, head of park and gardens; noon and 2.30pm, A Cocktail from your Garden with landscape manager Phillip Oldham.
The walled gardens are situated to the west of Holkham Hall and for further information visit www.holkham.co.uk Plant Fair tickets are adult £2.50, child (5-16 years) £1, payable in cash only.