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Festival of the Garden

Gardening for curious minds

Saturday 13 Jul 10:00AM
AT Charleston

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Curated by landscape designer and 8 times Chelsea gold medallist Tom Stuart-Smith, Festival of the Garden is a weekend of talks, tours and demonstrations by pioneering gardeners, designers and horticulturalists.

Our themes this year include husbandry versus wildness, allotments & sustainability and the healing garden.

The barnyard will be buzzing with a specially curated selection of garden stands with demos running throughout the Festival.  Garden tours with Head Gardener Fiona Dennis will run daily.

Drop in to our free ‘Green talk’ sessions in the Orchard which will focus on the future of gardening, and nurturing careers in gardening, or share your passions and take part in our gardeners open mic.

Individual event, day tickets and all event tickets available.

Saturday 13 July

10am | Fiona Dennis: Charleston – An Artist’s Garden

12pm | Christopher Woodward: On Virginia Woolf & Gardens

2pm | Derry Watkins: In Search of the Unusual

4pm | Jinny Blom: The Anti-Garden – Husbandry versus Wildness

5.15pm |After-hours Garden tour with Head Gardener Fiona Dennis

6pm | Cleve West & Caroline Lucas: Losing the Plot


Sunday 14 July

12pm | Tom Brown, Sarah Wain, Jim Buckland: The Anxiety of Influence – legacy in gardening

2pm | Rachel de Thame & Sue Stuart-Smith: Healing Gardens

4pm | Tom Stuart-Smith: Walled Gardens – Mystery & Sanctuary – supported by NFU Mutual Uckfield

5.15pm | After-hours Garden tour with Head Gardener Fiona Dennis

6pm | Andy Sturgeon: Space & Form in Garden Design


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Join us for free, drop-in discussion groups in the orchard.

Sat 1pm | Gardening & sustainability, led by Harry Hoblyn

Sun 1pm | Grow: nurturing careers in gardening, with Fiona Dennis and Harry Hoblyn


Stallholders and demos in the Barnyard include:

Christiane Gunzi Basketry

Cade Street Potter

Sussex Succulents

Pelham Plants

Forage & Bloom

Bee Potion



Image credit: Penelope Fewster

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