The English Country Garden Festival

22nd - 24th June 10:00am - 5:00pm

Kindly sponsored by Stihl, Griffin Glasshouses, Chalmers HB and Pilgrim Finance

The English Country Garden Festival returns to The Bishop’s Palace.

22nd-24th June 2018

Tickets are available online here 

Please note that the offers applying over the 3 days are RHS discounts, discounts for members of Hestercombe Gardens, Kilver Court and Forde Abbey, hotel discounts and Gardener’s World discounts

HHA memberships, and Groupon/other gift vouchers, cannot be used during the 3-day event

Parking can be found in Palace Fields throughout the 3-day event, costing £3 per day (entry via Silver Street).

This will be the 4th consecutive year that the event has taken place and the Festival will once again re-unite garden-lovers with garden specialists from around the country.

Designed to celebrate the Great British Garden, the stunning 14-acre grounds of the Palace will feature guided tours, live music, expert speakers, BBQ food, ‘have a go’ skills and crafts and over 40 stalls, including a fabulous range of nurseries selling unusual and popular plants.

The Festival will be opened on Friday 22nd by Jo Thompson, one of the UK’s leading Garden Designers, who has been the recipient of three Gold and five Silver Gilt medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Jo will also give a talk about Garden Design at 11:30am.

This year, for the first time, the Royal Horticultural Society will be in attendance on Saturday 23rd June and will be holding a “Gardener’s Question Time” designed to help keen horticulturalists and amateur garden enthusiasts to deal with some of the problems that they come up against throughout the gardening year.

Ticket prices:

Advance:  Adults £7.95/ Concessions £6.95 /Family £23/ Children £3.95

On the door: Standard admission prices

Members: Free

Tickets are available online here, via the Shop and by telephone (01749 988 111), with advance discounts and Group rates available.

Please note that talks are not ticketed and seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

This is a fundraising event. Proceeds from this event will go towards the upkeep of The Bishop’s Palace


About the speakers:

Helen Yemm is probably best-known for her weekly Saturday gardening Thorny Problems page in the Saturday section of The Daily Telegraph.   She is also a hands-on, passionate gardener, with a garden in East Sussex that she occasionally opens for small groups.  She is a sometime television broadcaster (Gardening From Scratch  and Gardening Week for BBC 2), and has written several gardening books (the latest being Gardening in Pyjamas).

Andrew Wilson is a founding Director of The London School of Garden Design and an award winning garden designer, lecturer and writer. He specialises in creating contemporary gardens in London and the South East of the UK, but also designs internationally. He has exhibited at Chelsea in 1993, 2013, 14 & 15 and in the Singapore International Garden Show in 2014. In his long educational career Andrew has also taught garden design and landscape architecture in a variety of universities and private colleges and has been External Examiner for many university programmes.

Andrew has written regularly for Gardens Illustrated, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) journal The Garden and Prolandscaper alongside a series of books, the most recent of which are Contemporary Colour in the Garden and The Small Garden Handbook for the RHS. Andrew is also the founding editor of The Garden Design Journal.  He served as Chair of Assessor for the RHS for show gardens between 1994 and 2013 and continues with judging for the Bloom Garden Festival in Dublin. He is a Fellow and former Chairman of the Society of Garden Designers, the UK’s professional body for garden design.

Jo Thompson is one of the UK’s leading garden designers. Named ‘Best Rural Garden Designer’ (2011) and a Society of Garden Designers ‘Future Designer’ (2014) Jo is also listed by House and Garden magazine as one of the country’s top ten garden designers.

Jo’s garden designs are wide ranging; from residential family gardens, public spaces and country estates to tiny rooftop spaces, both in the UK and overseas. The gardens she creates are notable for the way in which they sit perfectly in their surroundings: rather than following fashions, Jo uses her understanding of place to ensure that the landscapes she creates work seamlessly in their location and work perfectly for the client. Her exquisite planting has led her to be considered one of the UK’s leading plantswomen.

Jo has been the recipient of three Gold and five Silver Gilt medals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and in 2017 she won the People’s Choice award at the first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. She is a member of the RHS Gardens Committee and Garden Advisor for RHS Rosemoor, as well as being a member of the RHS Show Gardens Selection Panel. Jo lectures both nationally and internationally, and also tutors at The London College of Garden Design. She is a Registered Member of the Society of Garden Designers.