During 2021, we are planning for all our events to be operated in a COVID-safe way. Under these arrangements, entry is by ADVANCED BOOKING ONLY. The tickets will have timed, allocated slots throughout the day, with a limit on the number of tickets issued in each hourly slot, and we will be spacing out our exhibitor stalls as much as is possible at each venue to allow for social distancing.
As the year progresses we may be able to relax the arrangements and allow, for example, for some ticket sales on the day of the event. PLEASE CHECK BACK TO OUR WEBSITE REGULARLY for the latest event information.
The ticket price includes an online booking fee, and covers entry to both the Fair and Garden. Tickets may be booked via the links at our website.
Prebooking is only required for adult visitors; accompanying children under 16 are admitted free of charge and you do not need to prebook for them. Please note that no dogs are allowed in the Garden or Plant Fair (except assistance dogs).
Rodmarton Manor is an Arts and Crafts house designed and built in the early 20th Century for Claud and Margaret Biddulph. The architect, Ernest Barnsley, not only designed the house but also laid out the garden. Barnsley had moved to nearby Sapperton in the late 1800's, along with his brother Sidney and colleague Earnest Gimson. There they set up workshops following the ideals of hand craftsmanship and local materials. Whilst Ernest Barnsley was the architect, Sidney made much of the furniture and many fittings for the house.
Visitors to the garden today will still see Barnsley's original layout. The overall design, to the south and west of the house, is for a declining formality the further one gets away from the house. Immediately to the south is the terrace with topiary, adjoining which is the winter garden with further topiary and pleached lime trees. Beyond these areas are the white border to the south and main herbaceous borders to the west. Further to the south is the daffodil paddock and farmland beyond, whilst the westernmost area is the Wild Garden, which is more woodland in style.
All our events are held in beautiful and prestigious gardens, each with its own unique character, from those with histories stretching back centuries to more modern gardens created in recent years. A day out at one of our fairs a really enjoyable and inspiring experience for everyone, whether a novice or experienced gardener.
The nurseries that attend our Fairs are carefully selected to ensure that they are genuine growers who produce most or all of the plants that they sell themselves. We try offer the widest possible range of plants to our visitors, including perennials, shrubs and trees, alpines, bulbs and exotic plants, and all of our nursery owners are experts in the plants that they grow. They are all always happy to offer all the advice that you need to select and grow the right plants for your garden.
Full details, including a list of the nurseries attending the event and the arrangements for event catering can be found at the website link.
Rodmarton Manor, Nr. Tetbury. Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 6PF