Plant Hunters' Fairs - every plant lover's favourite day out

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Rain or shine we'll be there!
Our events are outdoors so if rain's forecast bring a brolly!

Upcoming events:

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2 Dearnford Lake

16 Bodnant Garden

23 Abbeywood Gardens

30/31 Dorothy Clive Garden


5 Bodenham Arboretum

6 Ness Botanic Gardens

13 Weston Park

Past events 2015:

March 2015

22 Dearnford Lake

28 National Memorial Arboretum

29 Ness Botanic Gardens

April 2015

4 Carsington Water

5/6 Dorothy Clive Garden

11 Bodenham Arboretum

12 Cholmondeley Castle

18 Middleton Hall

19 Consall Hall

25 Sugnall Walled Garden

26 Norton Priory 

May 2015

3/4 Weston Park

9 Donington Le Heath Manor

10 Adlington Hall

17 British Ironwork Centre

23 National Memorial Arboretum

30 /31 Hodnet Hall

June 2015

7 Burton Manor

21 Whittington Castle


4 Arley Arboretum

5 Sugnall Walled Garden

26 Carsington Water


1 National Memorial Arboretum

Our latest news:

10 July: We welcome Jurassicplants Nurseries to our fairs and this year you can meet them at Bodnant Garden

5 July: Record numbers at Sugnall Walled Garden today with the fair going out with a bang (literally) of thunder and torrential rain but we all kept smiling

4 July: 860 people came along to Arley Arboretum to enjoy this brilliant event

28 June: Our Summer newsletter is now available for download - click here

26 Jun: We are pleased to annouce that Paviour & Davies will be coming to Dearnford Lake and Abbeywood Gardens.

2 Jun: We are thrilled to welcome Edrom Nursery to our events. Nationally renowned in their specialist areas of woodland shade lovers and alpines they come loaded with awards including RHS Chelsea Gold. You can meet Terry and Cath this year at Arley Arboretum, Carsington Water, The National Memorial Arboretum, Dearnford Lake, Abbeywood Gardens and The Dorothy Clive Garden.

31 May: Thank you to the 1800 garden lovers who flocked to Hodnet Hall this weekend. We hope you all enjoyed this great plant fair in its magical setting

23 May: Around 2000 people visited the National Memorial Arboretum Plant Hunters' Fair today. Such perfect weather for once!

22 May Rob of Potterton's Nursery is walking the Viking Way, a 147 mile footpath for The Himalayan Trust UK because to raise funds for the people of Nepal. You can sponsor him on the JustGiving website by following this link

21 May: Watch a video from our day at the British Ironwork Centre last week on Youtube:

20 May If you loved Jack and Laura Wilgoss's violas on BBC Chelsea then come and meet them at Hodnet Hall on 30/31 May

19 May: Congratulations to Hooksgreen Herbs and Wildegoose Nursery for Silver-Gilt medals at Chelsea. See them both at Hodnet Hall 30/31 May.

17 May: Over 1000 plant lovers came along to the British Ironwork Centre today raising 1478 for Hope House Hospices, A big thank you from everyone there and at Plant Hunters' Fairs. We will be back there on Sunday 15 May 2016

12 May Some line up additions and changes: Stonyford Cottage - we're adding Studio 8 Pottery, Burton Manor - we're adding Studio 8 Pottery, Bryn Sguboriau Cottage Garden Plants and a stall from the Alpine Garden Society. For Plas Newydd we're adding Penmere Plants but unfortunately Aberconwy Nursery have withdrawn.

10 May: A thousand plant lovers flocked to Adlington Hall and enjoyed the superb gardens and top specialist nurseries. See a photo album on our facebook page here

9 May: Our first ever event at Donington le Heath manor House was a tremendous success and raised much needed funds for the Friends of the Manor. We will be back!

4 May: Over 2400 visitors flocked to Weston Park this weekend - thanks for your support

28 April: Orchard Furniture will be attended Donington Le Heath Manor on 9th May.

27 April Congratulations to Potterton's Nursery for a Premier Gold Award at Harrogate Spring Show

25 April: 750 visitors dodged the heavy showers and enjoyed the new look Sugnall Walled Garden. High praise for the plants and the fresh Asparagus and Poached Egg lunch!

19 April: Over 1000 visitors thronged to Consall |Hall - thanks for your support

18 April: Middleton Hall event was a tremendous success with record visitors to the venue

16 April Artisan Plant Supports are unable to attend Consall Hall - see them at Sugnall in July!

8th April Studio 8 Pottery will be at Abbeywood Gardens and Dorothy Clive Garden in August

8th April: Chicken Street will be at The British Ironwork Centre on 17th May with their Chickens and chicken-proof plants

1st April: We've just added Tissington Nursery to the line up for Dorothy Clive Garden as well! Sorry but Chris Cooke has had to withdraw.

30th Mar: Hooksgreen Herbs have been added to the line-up for Dorothy Clive Garden on Easter Sunday & Monday.

23rd Mar: Martin was on the Andy Potter Radio Derby show on Friday afternoon (27th March)

23rd Mar: Great at Dearnford Lake yesterday with so many gardeners braving the early morning frost to get out and get some wonderful plants. See you again there on 2nd August!

19th Mar: Read about Wildegoose Nursery in this month's issue of Landscape magazine

18th Mar: We're adding Chicken Street to the line up for Ness Botanic Gardens on 29th Mar and also The Gobbett to the line ups for Burton Manor, Whittington Castle and Ness Botanic Gardens (6th Sept)

3rd Mar: We are pleased to add Mark Paviour to our list of garden speakers.

2nd Mar: We've just updated the look of our website to help it display better on smaller screens. Hope you like it

2 Mar: Kim Hurst of the Cottage Herbery has just published a new book - more here.

13th Feb: We've just added the nursery line-ups to the remainder of our events. There are a few more additions still to be announced so watch this space!

9th Feb: We are putting together our 2015 Spring Newsletter. If you want to be first to get it then subscribe by clicking here (no spam, no sharing of your details)

We are really thrilled to introduce Paviour & Davies Nursery to our plant fairs at Bodenham Arboretum in 2015. Welcome to Mark & Sue.

12 Jan: Our 2015 leaflet is now being sent out. If you would like a stock for your venue or club please contact Janet.

12 Jan: We are pleased to welcome the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust information and advice stall to Carsington Water in April

23 Dec: Some lovely extra photos of Abbeywood Garden added for you to enjoy!

22 Nov: We have added Robert Barlow from North Staffs Hostas to our list of garden speakers. Click here for details

6 Nov: New venue for 2015 - Donington Le Heath manor House, near Coalville Leicestershire on Saturday 9th May - 13th Century Manor and physic garden - just 1.00 entry. Details here.

28 Oct: We welcome Bridge Farm Plants and Studio 8 Pottery to our fairs in 2015.

Plant Hunters' Fairs 2015

Where you can meet lots of nurseries all in one place and to find those special plants perfect for your unique garden.

Our fairs make a great value and inspiring day out - browse the plants, get some advice, enjoy a brilliant garden and perhaps lunch at a lovely garden restaurant or tearoom.

But what makes Plant Hunters' Fairs different and special?

Great locations:

Our fairs are hosted by the most beautiful and most prestigious gardens in our region and we have arranged reduced rates at most. Click here to see where we will be in 2015

Click here for a printer friendly plant fair calendar

Great value:

Entry prices are low (or even free) so you can pop in for an hour and pick up some plants without breaking the bank.

We don't make money from your entrance fees. Where an entrance fee is charged all of the entrance money goes to the garden hosting the event, often Charitable Trusts, raising much needed funds to help maintain these lovely gardens into the future.

Great plants:

All our nurseries are proper growers and able to give accurate information based on their real experience. You can inspect our complete range of nurseries: you won't find fly-by-nights and supermarket plants. You will find RHS medallists and National Collection Holders, keen plantspeople, designers and artisans. Above all people who love plants and are passionate about what they grow

Our Summer Newsletter is now available to download: click here.

Great choice:

Every line up of nurseries is selected and planned to ensure each stall is different with it's own unique specialty.

We had plants from 15 Plant Heritage National Collections at our plant fairs in 2014.

Great for groups:

If you organise days out for your group click here for special arrangements we can offer to make your day complete.

Our 2015 leaflet is now available. If you would like a stock for your venue or club please contact Janet.

Details may change due to unforeseen circumstances. Details of any late changes will advised on this website and on twitter

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