Sunday 16th April
11am - 4pm
The Old Rectory, Quenington, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5BN
This Grade II listed Old Rectory with its organic garden has been developed over the past 40 years and is in a very tranquil setting on the banks of a mill race, with the River Coln running through the gardens. The wooden bridge that spans the river encapsulates the quirky spirit of fun, creativity and history that comes together at Quenington. The history of the site probably stretches back to the 12th century, when the Knights Hospitaller had a preceptory in the village.
Esme Bradburne, a former head gardener, who read Agriculture at Oxford, was one of the original founder members of the Soil Association. The garden is still run completely on organic lines and Esme’s work was seminal in creating much of the planting that we see today. Although the present layout goes back to 1928 when the Old Rectory was bought from the church.
There are herbaceous borders, mature trees, pool and bog gardens, as well as the large vegetable garden. The garden contains a permanent sculpture display.
The third Rare Plant Fair of 2023; This highly acclaimed Series of specialist plant fairs is now in its 29th Season!
All of the Rare Plant fairs are held at beautiful gardens, a number of which are not frequently open to the public. Each garden has its own unique character, some with histories stretching back centuries whilst others are more recent.
As the name suggests, the Rare Plant Fair's are here to bring you specialist plants from the experts themselves. These fairs give you the best chance to discover new and unusual plants, ask questions and to visit splendid gardens. Horticultural heaven! Though they may appear to be aimed at the more 'experienced' crowd - this is absolutely not the case and gardeners of any experience would benefit visiting.
This is a very exciting occasion as this will be Tom's Yard's first Rare Plant Fair appearance. An honour to have made it past the vetting process as the organisers are very strict about who they allow to exhibit. I've been trying for 2 years to get in!
Here is the list of growers you'll see on the day - with links to their profiles on the Rare Plant Fair website.
Coastal Succulents, Cacti and Alpines
Cotswold Garden Flowers
D K Plants
Hillview Hardy Plants
Roseland House Nursery
The Cottage Herbery
The Gobbett Nursery
The Lavender Garden
Wivey Carnivorous Plants