Festival of the Garden 2021

Join us for talks on garden design to the climate crisis, nature writing to rewilding.

Join us for a long weekend to reconnect with our natural world through gardens, art, design, writing and more.

Festival of the Garden takes place in the grounds at Charleston from 1–4 July with talks, tours and demonstrations by pioneering gardeners, designers, writers, artists, horticulturalists and activists.

We’ll be joined by gardening legends such as ‘no-dig’ guru Charles Dowding, head gardener at Beth Chatto’s garden Åsa Gregers-Warg, leading garden designers Dan Pearson and Nigel Dunnett, flower experts Sarah Raven and Arthur Parkinson, nature writers Helen Macdonald and Charlie Gilmour, artist Anthea Hamilton and many more.

Around the site there’ll be an opportunity to buy plants from independent growers Pelham Plants, Usual & Unusual Plants, and Charleshurst Farm, top up your gardening books from City Books, and enjoy food and drinks from local caterers including our café partner Caccia & Tails to keep you fuelled across the weekend.

Along with industry guests, our gardener Harry Hoblyn will be hosting a free programme of fringe events. These informal drop-in events take place in the orchard and cover a range of topics from propagation, sustainable gardening, writing about nature, compost health, rose care and more.

In the garden our festival writer-in-residence Lulah Ellender will be asking people to describe how they feel in the outdoor places that have their hearts – a childhood garden, wild space or nearby park, perhaps – and plotting these words onto a Piet Oudolf-inspired ‘memory map’ using the outline of Charleston’s garden.

And of course our beautiful garden, filled with the summer plants that Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant loved, will be open for you to relax in and be inspired by.

Browse and book the events below, and join us for a long weekend of inspiration, relaxation, reconnecting to nature and practical tips for your own green spaces.