Amateur Gardening columnist Toby Buckland is to launch a new summer gardening show – set in the grounds of a historic house.
Toby Buckland’s Garden Festival will take place at Bowood House in Wiltshire on 5-6 June 2015.
The former Gardeners’ World presenter decided to launch a second event after the success of his spring gardening show at Devon’s Powderham Castle.
Bowood is owned by the 9th Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne. It’s set in 2,000 acres of Grade I-listed Capability Brown parkland.
The country pile won The Historic Houses Association/Christie’s ‘Garden of the Year 2014’ title. It features a lake, pinetum, cascade, four-acre walled garden and two levels of Italianate terraces.
Toby said: “The festival will have the same party mood as Powderham. Because many nursery exhibitors and speakers are friends – that’s what creates the magic – it’ll have a friendly atmosphere.
“Gardening is at the core of everything and so is quality. That applies to the plants, food and music. Having a big family myself, I know a day out can be expensive so children under 16 go free.
“My aim is to support and showcase small nurseries who form the backbone of UK horticulture, and spread the love of gardening,” he added.
Adult tickets will cost £12.50 on the gate or £10 in advance.
Lord Lansdowne said Bowood would celebrate the 40th anniversary of opening its house and gardens to the public next year. He said: “June’s Garden Festival will be a most befitting highlight within Bowood’s 2015 calendar of events.
“The festival will be a ‘must’ not just for garden and countryside lovers living locally, but will also encourage others from across the country and abroad to head to Wiltshire for a special English experience.”
In addition, Toby Buckland’s Garden Festival will return to Powderham Castle in Devon on 1-2 May. The launch event last year attracted around 8,000 visitors and was widely applauded for the quality of nurseries exhibiting.
The Powderham event will feature special appearances by celebrity gardeners Christine Walkden and Bob Flowerdew.
Go to www.tobygardenfest.co.uk for details.