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.

Beltane Forge

Chris Cooke

Coastal Succulents, Cacti and Alpines

Cotswold Garden Flowers

D K Plants

Green's Leaves

Hillview Hardy Plants

Lovegrove's Nursery

Potterton's Nursery

Roseland House Nursery


Special Plants

Springhill Plants

The Cottage Herbery

The Gobbett Nursery

The Lavender Garden


Wivey Carnivorous Plants

Helpful Information

The admission fee is £6 per adult (over 16) and includes access to the Fair and the gardens. Proceeds from the Fair support the work of Cobalt Health.

Buy your tickets on arrival at the gate. There is no need to pre-book. PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO POOR MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL AT THE ENTRANCE GATES, PAYMENT FOR ENTRY IS BY CASH ONLY.

The main car park is at the Old Rectory, with overflow parking on the village green (5 min walk). Blue badge parking is available at the house, on a first come, first serve basis. Please follow the directions of the parking assistants when you arrive at the Fair. 

Please note that no dogs are allowed in the Garden or Plant Fair (except assistance dogs)

Light lunches, cakes and hot and cold drinks will be available from The Pool House provided by the partner charity, Cobalt.


I do look forward to hopefully seeing you this Sunday!

Any questions? Please don't hesitate to ask either myself or the organisers (Ian & Teresa) directly - info@rareplantfair.co.uk

Thomas Pearson