This event replaces the RDA plant fair normally held on this date and is in aid of refurbishing the pavilion at the Avebury Sports Club. Held next door to the famous Neolithic henge so there is the opportunity to visit a World Heritage site once you have bought your plants! Club website is here.
We have been attending the Bishop’s Waltham Garden Fair for many years now, going back to the days when it was held in the ruins of the Bishop’s palace in the town. Now it is in the lovely surroundings of the privately owned Wintershill Hall and makes for a great day out for all the family. More details on the event website.
Held on the early May Bank Holiday Monday, this is arguably the best plant fair in Hampshire, set in a stunning location in Longstock Park and attended by a large number of specialist nurseries offering a bewildering choice of plants. If that’s not enough to satisfy your plant-buying urges, there is always the estate nursery nearby, and, to recover from all the excitement, you can visit the famous water gardens. More details here.
Access to the 2 acre garden of Yarlington House, which is not normally open to the public, is an added feature of this busy plant fair with a great atmosphere, held at just that time of year when everything in the garden is bursting into life. More details on the event website here.
This plant fair is a delight, held on the village green in the centre of Milford-on-Sea and organised by the village’s gardening club, with stalls brimming with desirable plants packed tightly together. We suggest you get there early (and it is an early start at 8 am!), as that’s what the keen gardeners do, and you don’t want to turn up only to find all the best things have gone! After that you can have an ice cream and wander down to the beach. More details here.
Rowdeford School is a school specialising in the education of young people with complex needs and autistic spectrum disorders and the annual garden fair is one of their big fundraisers. It always attracts a large number of nurseries offering an eclectic range of plants, along with other non-gardening stalls, all set in the splendid estate where the school is based. We are normally by the front entrance steps to the main house. More details on the event website.
Organised by the Rotary Club of Southampton, with proceeds going to charitable causes, the fayre is held on the university playing fields and offers a great day out for all the family. We don’t have far to travel so bring a van and a half load of plants and can offer a huge range on our stand. More details on the event website.
We attended the Hampshire Country & Garden Festival for the first time in 2018 and what a glorious day we had. The event, held in an achingly beautiful setting on the banks of the River Test at Bere Mill, near Whitchurch, in aid of the North Hampshire Medical Fund, has something for everyone, and the whole family will enjoy a day out here. More details on the event website.
The Unusual Plants Fair, held in beautiful surroundings behind Gilbert White’s House in Selborne, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018, making it one of the longer established events on the circuit. We always enjoy our fathers’ day weekend here, and we are sure you too will enjoy the fair and a wander round the gardens and estate that the famous naturalist developed and wrote about in his diary. More details here.
This is the second year for this fair, held in the pedestrianised High Street in the centre of Andover, following its very successful debut in 2018. We have always enjoyed coming here: it was for many years the venue for the Test Valley in Bloom event, which this fair essentially replaces. And it’s free! More details on the fair website.
If you like plants, you will love the plant fair at Chenies Manor, which attracts some 70 specialist nurseries from far and wide to display and offer their wares. One not to be missed. You will be spoilt for choice, but do try to find the time to come and see us! More details on the Chenies Manor website.
The Garden Show at Loseley is now well established as one of the South’s premier gardening events. As well as spending time (and possibly money) at the outdoor stands and in the marquees (gardening, art, crafts, food etc) you can visit the beautiful enclosed gardens. More details on the event website.
July and August form the high season for the agricultural and country shows and the Ellingham Show is a splendid event, big enough to offer a busy day out for all age and interest groups but not so big as to be overwhelming. All set in the glorious Somerley Park estate near Ringwood. More details on the show website.
If it’s August Bank Holiday Monday, it must be the Emsworth Show, a bustling, friendly, family event on the West Sussex coast with lots to see and do. We particularly enjoy looking at the competition class entries in the marquees - the longest carrot, you know the kind of thing. More details on the event website.
Set in the grounds of historic Athelhampton House just outside Dorchester, this is a lovely plant fair with the added bonus of some craft stalls, often blessed with balmy late summer weather. The splendid gardens are well worth visiting once you have exhausted the plant potential of the fair itself. More details on the Athelhampton website.
We return to Mapperton House with its Italian sunken garden and herbaceous and kitchen garden of over 2 acres to close the show season. In 2018 the weather was lovely late season warmth and the plant lovers were out in force. Let’s hope it’s the same this time around. Last chance to say hello to the giant tortoise, who enjoys his own special enclosure within the fair layout, before he goes to bed for the winter. More details on the event website
This large and popular Plant Sale is held in the grounds of Mapperton House, a fine Jacobean Manor House near Beaminster. We will have lots of early season goodies on offer along with a choice selection of houseplants. More details on the event website.
Held in the Digby Hall in Sherborne, this plant fair is under cover so it doesn’t matter what the weather is like! In the adjacent hall is the Pennard Plants potato day. We will have a good range of both garden and indoor plants on offer on the day. More details on the event website here.