The Old Rectory, Quenington, Sunday April 10th
The Old Rectory at Quenington, near Cirencester, is the home to one of our most popular and long-running Fairs. This 5-acre garden is set in an idyllic location on the banks of the River Coln, with herbaceous borders, mature trees, pool and bog gardens, as well as the large vegetable garden. The garden also contains a permanent sculpture display. Esme Bradburne, a former head gardener, who read Agriculture at Oxford, was one of the original founder members of the Soil Association. The garden is still run completely on organic lines and Esme’s work was seminal in creating much of the planting that we see today.
A proportion of the proceeds from the Fair are donated to Cobalt Health, a very important, independent medical charity helping people affected by cancer, dementia and other life-limiting conditions. You can find out more about their essential work from the article opposite, and can support their work by coming to the Fair and also by purchasing the homemade teas and soups that they will be offering at the event.
With nineteen top class nurseries exhibiting at the Fair, including some from as far afield as Cornwall and Leicestershire, Hampshire and Shropshire. Click on the link opposite to find a complete list. Amongst those attending are Plantwild, from Herefordshire, and in her article Suzanne Noble has some great suggestions for planting wildflowers to support our bumble bees. Also coming are local nursery Tortworth Plants; they grow, amongst many other things, a great range of alpines, and in their article they have some excellent ideas for choice alpines for Spring colour.
Also attending the Fair, for the first time, are Beltane Forge, from Withington, near Cheltenham, with their range of bespoke metalwork, including sculpture and plant supports.
The fair is open from 11.00 am – 4.00pm.
Entry to the Fair and Gardens is £5.00 per adult.
Children under 16 free.
Homemade teas and soups available.
Please note that no dogs are allowed in the Fair and Gardens.
Please be aware that mobile phone reception is poor in this rural location!
The Old Rectory,
Gloucestershire, GL7 5BN