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Tuesday, 22 May 2012 03:09

The Gardens Illustrated Arts & Crafts Garden Festival at Coombe Trenchard, on 1 - 2 of June, welcomes a selection of the South West’s exciting garden designers to create  a ‘Best of British’ Show Garden. The Show Gardens are an exciting addition to this year’s Festival which is a unique celebration of the gardening tradition, set within the captivating, historic surrounds of the Coombe Trenchard Estate on the Cornwall and Devon border.

As part of the ‘Best of British’ theme for this year’s Festival, which is sponsored by Tregothnan Tea, three talented designers have been invited to create a quintessentially British Show Garden to take centre stage in the exhibition area. Situated at the heart of the Festival, with the backdrop of a unique central oak frame structure, designed and made by The Tamar Joinery Company, the Show Garden feature will be a terrific showcase of the regions’ garden design flare and will provide Festival visitors with inspirational ideas to transform their own outdoor spaces.

The designs will be judged by a distinguished awards committee, chaired by Juliet Roberts, Editor of Gardens Illustrated magazine. Prizes will be presented on the terrace at Coombe Trenchard, during the evening of Friday 1st June.

The designers taking part in the special 2012 Show Garden feature are:

Jamie Belsey from Coast Garden Design and Construction, Launceston. Jamie will be creating "Tea for two"; a ‘classic’ English Show Garden encompassing a mixture of hard and soft landscapes. Belsey will be supported by Marshals for the paving, the planting plan will be supplied by the Endsleigh Gardens Nursery and all building material will be provided by Tinhay Building Supplies.

Roger Webster Garden Design based in Topsham, Exeter. Roger’s design is sponsored by Thorntons Associates and planting materials are supplied by St. Bridgets Nurseries in Exeter. Roger is a member of the Society of Garden Designers and trained at Kew before setting up his own business in 1996. He has worked for commercial developers and public bodies including providing designs for the Royal Horticultural Society’s gardens at Wisley and Rosemoor. His design for the Hot Garden at Rosemoor has been especially well received by visitors.

Joanne Wilson of Loving the Garden based in St Agnes, Cornwall. Joanne’s garden will be sponsored by Homeleigh Garden Centre, Launceston. Joanne specialises in creating gardens with differing levels and ‘rooms’ with a particular use of colour in the hard landscaping as well as with the plants. This will be the first time she has created a Show Garden for a Festival so it will be a terrific opportunity for enthusiasts to see Joanne’s first forage into this discipline.

Further information

In addition to the Show Gardens, the Festival will host an array of new features, including an innovative ‘Art in the Garden’ exhibition led by featured artist, Paul Anderson.  There will also be a preview of a major new outdoor sculpture exhibition called Sculptural, held at Coombe Trenchard for 7 weeks from 15th June. Visitors will also be able to enjoy such fun events as 'British rules croquet' sponsored by Luscombe Drinks, a 'school deckchair competition' supported by Rocket Gardens and the ever popular Plant Swap, in aid of Send a Cow.

With so much on offer, guests can also relax and enjoy the surroundings whilst the Festival will play host to sumptuous home-cooked fair, from traditional Devonshire cream teas through to the giant paella pans of the theatrical Food Groove Café.  In addition, the eclectic mix of summer garden music will make for a magical Jubilee garden party for all visitors. The Festival organisers are also delighted with the support from Jackson-Stops & Staff Estate Agents and Gardens Illustrated Magazine.

Garden Festival Talks schedule:

Friday 1st June

11am –Jason Ingram, Garden Photographer: ‘Photographing plants and gardens’
12 noon –Angela Linforth, Editor of Homes & Antiques magazine: ‘Upcycling’
2 pm –Alys Fowler, TV Gardener/Columnist: ‘Growing unusual veg and how to eat it’
3 pm –Ken Basterfield, Commercial Beekeeper: ‘40 years among the bees’

Saturday 2nd June

11am –Hannah McVicar, Illustration Artist: ‘Floral and Botanical Print’
12 noon –Juliet Roberts, Editor of Gardens Illustrated magazine: ‘Pots of Style’
2 pm –Lia Leendertz, Journalist and Author: ‘How to create the perfect Night-time Garden’
3 pm –Plantsman Noel Kingsbury and John Carter: An audience with

Garden Festival visitor information:

Opening Times:
10am - 5pm on Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd June
Admission Prices: Adults £7.00, Under 14 free, Advanced tickets £6.00
Online Booking: For advanced ticket sales 01726 879500 or visit http://www.coombetrenchard.co.uk

2012 Festival features include:

New for 2012:

- Gardens Illustrated magazine hosted garden talks - headlined by Alys Fowler
- National plant collections arranged by Plant Heritage
- Garden restoration & history tours provided by the Marsh family
- Art in the garden in association with the William Benington gallery
- Schools deckchair up-cycling competition (Best of British themed) sponsored by rocket gardens
- Show gardens (Best of British themed)
- Best in show awards

Back by popular demand:

- British designed & made garden products
- British grown specialist plants
- Ask the experts - plant identification & advice provided by Plant Heritage
- Freshly prepared fantastic food
- British rules Croquet – sponsored by Luscombe drinks, in association with Dame Hannah Rodgers Trust
- Music in the garden
- Makers at work
- Plant Crèche
- Plant swap

About the Gardens Illustrated Arts & Crafts Garden Festival at Coombe Trenchard

The Festival is a unique and ‘Simply English’ celebration of the gardening tradition, set within the captivating, historic surrounds of Coombe Trenchard Estate on the Cornwall and Devon border.  The Coombe Trenchard Gardens were designed by Walter Sarel who, like Edwin Lutyens, was an architect who saw the garden as an extension of the house

About Gardens Illustrated Magazine

GARDENS ILLUSTRATED magazine is widely regarded as the most stylish and influential magazine for gardeners. Each issue brings together an exciting mix of articles about exceptional places, plants and interesting people.

About Jackson-Stops & Staff

Jackson-Stops & Staff are National Estate Agents who specialise in farmhouses, cottages, flats, houses, equestrian and coastal property for sale throughout the UK. For more information visit: www.jackson-stops.co.uk.

About Alys Fowler

Alys started gardening in her early teens and after leaving school trained at the Royal Horticultural Society, the New York Botanical Gardens and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. She started working at BBC Gardeners' World as a horticultural researcher, and soon progressed to the role of Head Gardener. Alys has published work in The Guardian, The Garden, Gardeners' World magazine, Gardens Illustrated and Horticulture Week. She writes a monthly blog for Gardeners' World and her first book called The Thrifty Gardener: How to Create a Stylish Garden for Next to Nothing, was published in 2008 by Kyle Cathie.

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