Forde Abbey is the perfect place to celebrate the harvest with its abundant Walled Garden and dahlia-filled borders. After a successful first year in September 2017, we can’t wait to do it all again! Join us for celebrity garden talks in the magnificent Great Hall, harvest-themed workshops in the Demo Teepee on everything you can make and do with your crops. Plus we will be repeating our popular tours of Forde’s garden and for the children, the Higher Beings circus skills will be back along with the Pomona Apple Press. Don’t forget to bring your windfalls for pressing!
LEARN SOMETHING NEW
Try your hand a range of skills for free including making beautiful realistic flowers from paper with Dartmoor artist Bee Watson of WildHive who was recently featured on Kirstie Allsopp’s Homemade Christmas.
TAKE A RIDE
The castle’s popular tractor-trailer will be taking visitors between the festival and car parks, allowing visitors to stock up on plants and purchases without having to carry it all back to the car! We also have a Plant Creche where you can leave your buys for a small donation to charity while enjoying the fun of the festival.
KNIT YOUR OWN BLOOMS!
Learn – or remember how! to knit and crochet with Devon artist Storm-in-a-Teacup who is bringing her Knitting Yurt to the festival, and will be showing you how to create flowers and vegetables made from wool, plus we have wreath-making and flower-arranging skills.
GET YOUR CROWN!
Want to be king or queen of the castle for the day? Festival sponsor Candide have teamed up with the British Academy of Floral Art to help visitors make their own free flower crown at the festival.
Find out how no-dig gardening can improve the health of you soil (and save your back!) on Friday 3rd May when no-dig gardener and author Steph Hafferty joins us in Powderham’s Speaker Hall. Steph works on a quarter-of-an acre plot with veg gardener and author Charles Dowding from which they reap £25k of edible crops annually so there must be something to it!