Event Details

Start date: May 30, 2021

End date: May 31, 2021

Start time: 10:00

End time: 16:00

Venue: Helmingham Hall

Spring Plant Fair with Artisan Market

An exciting day out for experienced and novice gardeners alike – NOW TWO DAYS!

Join us for our 2021 Plant Heritage Plant Fair & Artisan Market which is set to be held over two days enabling more visitors to enjoy the event whilst maintaining space for social distancing! With specialist nurseries, artisan products, conservation zone, 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.

Garden Zone

Featuring nurseries from near and far with lots of unusual and popular plants for sale, including trees, 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.

Conservation Zone

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.

800 Free Plants

We’ll be giving away 800 plants throughout the two day event. Giving a plant away is the best form of conservation. This years free plant is Erigeron glaucus ‘Sennen’

Erigeron is a large genus of daisy like plants. The species E. glaucus is native to the coastline of West Coast USA, where it grows on beaches, dunes and coastal bluffs. Its moderately low growing with branching stems, and produces rounded spoon shaped leaves.

The cultivar ‘Sennen’ we assume has occurred from Sennen Cove  in Cornwall. It is currently listed in the Plantfinder with 2 suppliers, giving it Plant Guardian status. The flowers are quite large, maybe 2 inches across with layers of fine rich blue/purple petals. It would be happiest in sunshine and reasonable drainage. It flowers for a long period over the summer, and slowly spreads outwards. It keeps a rosette of green leaves through the winter.

Garden Marquee

The Garden Marquee will host a wide range of workshops throughout the day, including lots of insider tip and tricks. Our Plant Doctors will also be available to offer advice on any gardening topic, identifying your mystery plants and plant problems.

Artisan Market

A wide range of exhibitors offering everything from artisan foods and handmade soaps to vintage French collectables and pottery. As well as the wonderful stallholders, we have fantastic entertainment including Chocks Away vintage dancers, live music, and children’s activities. 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.


Admission including entry into the Grade 1 Listed gardens for adults is £8 and children are FREE. All tickets need to be purchased in advance.

Well behaved dogs on leads are also welcome!

Please note that we do not accept membership cards such as HHA or discount vouchers on event days.

For more information contact:
01473 890799 –