Abbey Garden Fayre announces stellar line-up

Hailed as the ‘Chelsea of the West’, Buckfast Abbey’s Garden Fayre on Saturday, 1st June has an exciting and varied programme.

Among the line-up of speakers, which has just been finalised, will be local gardening celebrity and broadcaster, Toby Buckland, Guy and Geetie Singh-Watson from Riverford Farm and RHS judge and vegetable specialist, Terry Porter.

Also appearing will be Benjamin Mee, whose purchase of Dartmoor Zoo led to a best-selling book and Hollywood movie, We Bought a Zoo.

In addition, there will be a Gardeners’ Question Time panel. Talks will include ‘medicinal plants for your garden’; ‘creating an edible and beautiful garden’; ‘saffron and its many uses;’’ family foraging and wild recipes’ and Bach Flower Remedies.

There will be over 120 stalls at the free event, plus activities, displays and workshops by groups such as Devon Rural Skills. There will also be performances by the South Devon Singers and the Dartington Morris Men. The first Garden Fayre was one of number of events held to mark Buckfast Abbey’s Millennium (1018-2018).

The Abbey’s Head Gardener, Aaron Southgate, says: “The level of interest in the Garden Fayre has been extraordinary and started gaining momentum almost as soon as the first event was completed. There is no doubt that both 2018 and the year before have been incredible years for us and 2019 is very much about building on the legacy of what we have achieved so far.

‘This promises to be a great day out, not only for gardeners, but for anyone interested in an organic, sustainable approach to food and the environment. In addition, my team and I have been working extremely hard to ensure the grounds are looking their very best for the fayre.”

The event runs from 10 am until 5pm, with free entry and parking. For more information: www.buckfast.org.uk/garden-fayre.

Stuart Clarke

Author: Stuart Clarke

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