Take stock of your plants at Autumn Fair

Arley Hall welcomes gardeners for autumnal event

(Photo: Rosie Jackson, Arley’s plant nursery manager)


Gardeners can pick up plants as well as answers to popular gardening questions at a plant fair being held on Sunday 7th September.

The annual event will see a number of specialist nurseries exhibiting and selling unique plants, shrubs and trees - plus the team of gardeners at Arley will be on hand to answer questions from visitors.

“One of the great joys of gardening is sharing your knowledge with others,” said Arley’s Head Gardener Gordon Baillie.

“Between everyone on the team here there is more than a century of experience so if we can’t answer your questions then probably no one can.”

Arley is world-renowned for its herbaceous borders – thought to be the first of its kind in England – and the Ilex Avenue of 14 cylindrical evergreen holm oaks.

The hall and gardens are popular with film crews, with everything from a Coronation Street funeral to a Hollyoaks party having been filmed there.

Among those selling plants at this year’s Autumn Fair will be Diane and Rob Cole from Meadow Farm in Worcestershire. They grow a wide range of herbaceous plants, propagating 95% of their stock.

“We enjoy growing from seed and have raised and introduced a number of new plants over the years,” said Diane.

“The plant fairs are a great opportunity for someone to discover a new plant for their garden or find something unique that will be the envy of their neighbours.”

Plants grown at Arley will also be on sale at the fair, which runs from 10am to 4pm. The admission charge of £1.50 for adults is redeemable against full entry to Arley’s gardens. Children get in free, as do dogs who are kept on a lead.

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