Spring is in the air and its time to get out in the garden and get planning and planting for the year ahead and where better to get inspiration than at a Plant Hunters Fair in the area.
Plant fairs are great places to find something different to what is usually offered by garden centres. The plants are lovingly grown by small specialist nurseries and these enthusiastic plants people are on hand to give honest, straightforward advice on choosing and growing the right plants for your garden.
Plant Hunters’ Fairs go through a rigorous selection process to ensure every nursery is high quality and that each stall at a fair has a different and unique range on offer.
Easter at Dorothy Clive Garden, near Market Drayton has become a firm date in garden lovers’ diaries and the Plant Hunters’ Fair on Easter Sunday and Monday is now in its 7th year. The garden will have plenty on show for visitors with massed plantings of spring bulbs, hellebores, early blossom and rhododendrons and much more. Nurseries will of course come loaded with spring flowering plants plus plenty of later flowering plants to get planted now. This is a special fundraising event for the Willoughbridge Garden Charitable Trust that maintains the gardens and entry to fair and 12 acre gardens is half standard price at just £3.50. The fair opens at 10am and closes at 5pm each day.
Plant Hunters’ Fair return again to Sugnall Walled Garden on Saturday 25th April. With 18 specialist nurseries and artisans to browse there’s sure to be that perfect plant to suit your garden. With only a £1.00 entry why not pop in, browse the plants and get expert advice from the enthusiastic nurserymen, enjoy a brilliant garden and perhaps lunch or tea and cake at the tearoom.
Other events not be missed are at Consall Hall, Wetley Rocks on Sunday 19th April where you can enjoy these spectacular 70 acre gardens that are rarely open to the public and a great plant fair all for the special event price of just £2.00. The beautiful gardens of Weston Park can also be enjoyed on Mayday Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday with a special low entry price of £3.00 which includes the gardens, parkland and bluebell woods as well as the plant fair.
You can find out which nurseries will be at each event by visiting www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk