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Be sure to book for ‘Best of British’
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
THE ‘Best of British’ is the theme for this year’s Arts and Crafts Garden Festival at Coombe Trenchard next month.
The festival, on June 1 and 2, will host expert speakers, including TV gardener and columnist Alys Fowler, a ‘Living Plant Library’, and an inspiring and eclectic range of British designers, artists and plant sellers.
The festival at Coombe Trenchard, Lewdown, will be headlined by Alys, who will be speaking about growing unusual vegetables. She will be joined by other illustrious speakers such as plantsman Noel Kingsbury in ‘An Audience With’, and garden photographer Jason Ingram.
Renowned sculptor Peter Randall-Page, who has permanent collections at the British Museum and the Tate in London, will be leading a new, exclusive, preview of ‘Sculptural’, a ground-breaking new sculptural art event to be held at the estate, opening fully for seven weeks from June 15, showcasing work by artists including Jonathan Stockton, Eva Masterman, Paul Anderson, Paul Vanstone and Patrick Woof.
Sculptural is a celebration of new British sculptural art forms and unique pieces of garden furniture and design.
Visitors to the festival will also discover a host of respected plant nurseries and designer-makers, and Plant Heritage will be showcasing specimens from its national plant collections.
Devon charity Dame Hannah Rogers Trust will introduce ‘Hannah’s Food’, a new horticultural garden project that is being developed at its base in Newton Abbot that will provide employment, training and volunteering opportunities for adults with a range of disabilities.
As well as many other events throughout the festival, guests can also have the chance to relax and enjoy the surroundings while the festival plays host to a home-cooked fair, from traditional Devonshire Cream Teas through to the giant paella pans of the theatrical Food Groove Café. Croquet and an eclectic mix of summer garden music will create a Jubilee garden party atmosphere for all visitors.
The festival will take place from 10am to 5pm on both days. Admission is £7 for adults and free for under 14s. Advanced tickets £6. For a full list of exhibitors and speakers, or to book tickets online visit www.coombetrenchard.co.uk
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Sir Ray Tindle
Something to sell?