We are delighted to be returning to the beautiful gardens at Highnam Court, Nr. Gloucester for our Rare Plant Fair on Sunday, July 21st, in support of the Cobalt Health.
Highnam Court was built in 1658 after the original house was seriously damaged in the Civil War. It is one of the few houses built during the Commonwealth period. The design of the houses is linked to Ernest Carter who was a pupil of Inigo Jones.
The Highnam Estate was bought in 1838 by Thomas Gambier Parry, who was an accomplished artist, musician and art collector. This talented painter is also responsible for the magnificent frescoes in Highnam Church. He started to lay out his garden in 1840, and by 1874 it rivalled any in the UK. Unfortunately, since the turn of the last century almost nothing had been done in the gardens. Consequently, when the process of restoration started in 1994 the gardens were totally overgrown.
During the last 20 years, since Roger Head has been the owner, the gardens have been totally and lovingly restored to their former glory, with many new additions being made to complement and enhance the original design, including a brand new herbaceous border which has been designed and planted during 2018.
This year Rare Plant Fairs celebrate their 25th season. 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.
The fair will be open from 11am to 4pm, and adult entry, which includes entry to both the fair and garden, costs just £5. Homemade refreshments are available. The fair is in support of Cobalt Health, which provides advanced diagnostic faciilties for those with cancer and other life threatening illnesses.
Full details, including a list of the nurseries attending the event, can be found at www.rareplantfair.co.uk
Highnam Court Highnam Gloucester GL2 8DP