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Flower Power plant fairs

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Harperley Hall Farm Nurseries, Chelsea 2016
Premier Gold Award at Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2016, Harperley Hall Farm Nurseries

Plant hunters’ paradises in NE England

I was delighted to be contacted by Judy Popley, who runs Flower Power Fairs, small niche one-day horticultural events at wonderful venues in the North.

The first is Sunday, July 8, at Worsall Hall, a private garden in Low Worsall village just outside of Yarm – the only time it’s open to the public.

It’s packed full of herbaceous perennials, Kiftsgate roses, unusual shrubs and trees, with a working kitchen garden, a woodland walk and a parterre overlooking the Walled Garden where the plant fair is held.

At the last fair in 2016, more than £2500 was raised for the MS Trust, a charity close to the owners’ hearts.

Plant specialists attending include Dark Star Plants, The Quiet Corner, Roanne Nursery, Brambling House Alpines and Salvias, Harperley Hall Farm Nurseries (see my offer), John Cullen Design, Summerfield Nursery and Morton Hall Nursery.

Also taking part are BOHW Pottery, Peg Creations and Gardening with Wildlife.

Refreshments available

Home-made refreshments are served in the café outhouse. Admission is £5, which includes access to the garden and plant fair. Children free. No dogs.

Bring cash, as most of the small nurseries don’t have card facilities. All proceeds go to the MS Trust. Open 11am-4pm. Worsall Hall, Low Worsall, Yarm, North Yorkshire TS15 9PJ.

Wynyard Hall
The restored Glasshouse at Wynyard Hall, Tees Valley

The next fair is at Wynyard Hall Walled Gardens. Wynyard, Stockton-on-Tees, Billingham TS22 5NF, on July 22, from 11am-4pm.

Sir John Hall spent more than £2million restoring and replanting this magnificent Walled Garden and the Edible Garden beyond.

Late-season fairs

Other fairs to come this season:

  • Sunday, July 29: Coverham Abbey, Middleham, North Yorkshire DL8 4RL.
  • Bank Holiday Sunday, August 26: Holker Hall, Cark-in-CartmelGrange-over-Sands, Lancashire LA11 7PL (opens 10am, dogs welcome)
  • Bank Holiday Monday, August 27: Newburgh Priory, Coxwold, York YO61 4AS (dogs welcome).

For more information, visit www.flowerpowerfairs.co.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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