Spring Plant Fair with Artisan Market
May 28, 2017 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
An exciting day out for experienced and novice gardeners alike
For 2017 our Plant Fair will be renewed and expanded to be bigger and better than ever before! With specialist nurseries, new artisan and conservation zones, entertainment and children’s activities, we’ll have something for every taste and age. Plant Heritage is a charity dedicated to the conservation of rare garden plants.
Featuring nurseries from near and far with lots of unusual and popular plants for sale, including The Tree Peony Nursery from Yorkshire, ferns, grasses, alpines and much more. We’ll have local National Plant Collections and the Suffolk Plant Heritage propagation group on site, selling rare plants which are not easily found elsewhere. We’ll also be selling a wide range of garden accessories; from antique garden tools to modern sculpture and garden furniture.
This year we’re proud to welcome a number of Garden Societies, Local and National Charities to our Plant Heritage Spring Fair. They’ll be on hand during the day to give specialist advice about maintaining plants, gardens and different types of wildlife.
A wide range of exhibitors offering everything from artisan foods and handmade soaps to vintage French collectables and pottery.
800 Free Plants
We’ll be giving away 800 Campanula zangezueas (rock bellflowers) to the first 800 visitors to claim them. Giving a plant away is the best form of conservation; the seed for our free plant was given to us by Sue Wooster, National Collection Holder of alpine campanulas.
The Garden Marquee will host a wide range of workshops throughout the day, including some with prolific garden designer Lady Tollemache. Our Plant Doctors will also be available to offer advice on any gardening topic, identifying your mystery plants and plant problems.
As well as the wonderful stall holders, we have fantastic entertainment including Chocks Away vintage dancers, live music and free goodie bags for children. There will also be lots of lovely local food and drink, making the fair an ideal day out for gardening clubs, families and similar groups – coaches are very welcome.
Situated in front of the magnificent moated Helmingham Hall, visitors to the plant sale can also enjoy Helmingham Hall’s Grade 1 listed gardens, including dramatic borders, knot and herb gardens, nineteenth century parterre, ancient deer park and Victorian kitchen garden.
Tour of Helmingham Gardens with Lady Tollemache
Lady Xa Tollemache who has won gold medals at Chelsea for her garden designs, will be taking a group of visitors around the Helmingham Hall gardens. This is a unique opportunity for a guided tour of Helmingham with an expert. Numbers for this tour are strictly limited, so early booking is advisable. The tour will be at midday on 28th May during the Plant Fair. Tickets cost £10 each.
Admission including entry into the Grade 1 Listed gardens is £7 for adults and children are FREE!
Tickets can be bought in advance by calling 01473 890799 (please note that credit/debit cards cannot be accepted on the gate on the day).