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Start date: May 24, 2020

Start time: 10:00 a.m.

End time: 16:00 p.m.

Venue: Helmingham Hall

Cancelled – Spring Plant Fair with Artisan Market

It is with immense sadness and regret that we have to inform you that due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Spring Plant Fair & Artisan Market taking place at Helmingham Hall in conjunction with Suffolk Plant Heritage on Sunday 24th May will no longer be able to go ahead.

We have worked really hard behind the scenes to organise what would have been, in our eyes, the best Spring Plant Fair yet and we would like to thank everyone involved with us for your wonderful support.

Rest assured it will be back! In the meantime we wish you all well and ask you all to take care, stay at home and keep safe!
We will be in touch with all of our suppliers and customers who have purchased tickets in due course – please bear with us at this time.

An exciting day out for experienced and novice gardeners alike

Join us for our 2020 Plant Heritage Plant Fair & Artisan Market which is set to be bigger and better than ever before! 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 to the first 800 visitors to claim them. Giving a plant away is the best form of conservation. This years 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. It is moderately low growing with branching stems, and produces rounded spoon-shaped leaves. The cultivar ‘Sennen’ we assume has occurred from Sennen Cove in Cornwall.

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, birds of prey 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.

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 24th May during the Plant Fair. Tickets cost £12, to book, please call 01473 890799.


Admission including entry into the Grade 1 Listed gardens for adults is £8 and children are FREE.

Well behaved dogs on leads are also welcome! Tickets can be bought on the gate on the day (please note that credit/debit cards cannot be accepted on the gate on the day).

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

For more information contact:
Sarah Cook: 01473 822400 – sarahmalmaisons@gmail.com
Katy Day: 01473 890799 – events@helmingham.com