Fairs and Shows 2019

Well, in three weeks’ time we will be back home after our first event of 2019, the opening Charity Specialist Plant Fair of the year, held in the Digby Hall in Sherborne on March 17th, reflecting on ….. well, who knows what we will be reflecting on? Last year that event was blighted by the Beast from the East and gardeners hadn’t really come out of hiding following two bouts of snow and sub-zero temperatures. That’s the trouble with shows: they are so weather dependent, and there’s nothing to be done about that. Just now the weather is unseasonably warm and sunny, but in three weeks’ time? Who knows.

CHENIES MANOR JULY 2018

CHENIES MANOR JULY 2018

We will just have to take what the weather gods decree and get on with it. And that we will do on 21 occasions in the course of the coming season, which is exactly the same number of days on the road as in 2018. Mind you, that is also exactly half the number of days we spent in assorted fields and country estates in 2015, our peak year as far as shows go. Life is a tad less stressful these days as a result of reining back our show commitments, and we think we have now got the balance between online business, events and direct sales on the nursery just about right. Having said that, the months of May and June still tend to find us fairly frazzled!

GILBERT WHITE’S HOUSE JUNE 2018

GILBERT WHITE’S HOUSE JUNE 2018

Our programme of events, which you can peruse here, is in fact very similar to last year’s. Two new stops in Avebury (the event will be pretty much right next the famous stones) and Andover (well, we were scheduled to be there in 2018 but van issues put paid to that), and sadly no Abbotsbury this year due to a clash of dates. It will be interesting to see whether events that disappointed last year, such as Bishop’s Waltham and Rowdeford, bounce back again, and we shall certainly be praying for good weather again in June, as last year our four days out and about during that month were all highly successful in terms of sales.

Our aim this year, as always, will be to bring to each show a broad and eclectic choice of plants, not just what happens to be looking good at the time, and to offer a selection of choice houseplants to complement our range of perennials and shrubs for the garden. We hope you will join us at at least one of the stops along the way in the course of 2019 and that, if you do, the sun will be shining!

Rob and Joanna

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