Rare Plant Fair 2021 - Kingston Bagpuize House, Nr. Abingdon, Oxfordshire

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EVENT ARRANGEMENTS

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.

Depending on regulations in place at the time of the Fair, the House may also be open on the day from 1pm to 4pm. An additional fee applies, and tickets for house entry also need to be booked separately online in advance.

Free admission for Historic Houses (HH) members from 2pm onwards only. Tickets for Fair and Garden entry and House entry still need to be booked in advance online.

Please note that no dogs are allowed in the House, Gardens or Plant Fair (except assistance dogs).

THE VENUE

This 18th century house is in a unique setting on the edge of The White Horse Vale and surrounded by its beautiful garden and parkland.

The area of garden to the immediate east and north of the house was formal in layout and today this remains the case. The lawns once graced by majestic trees are now largely open; the vista from the east, looking up the beech avenue towards the house, framed by the four Wellingtonias planted around 1860, confirm the importance of this historic house both within and beyond its immediate landscape. The long mixed border immediately north of the house is planted with roses a wide range of perennial and herbaceous plants and in spring snowdrops and tulips. At the far end, a large Magnolia soulangeana makes a dramatic backdrop when in bloom in late spring. Passing the ornamental gate choice climbers are planted against the south facing wall of the Terrace.

Beyond the small ornamental gate steps led up to the terrace border. This has been planted over the last 20 years as a dry garden with drought tolerant plants giving interest and colour through the seasons. At the end of the terrace is the Pavilion which offers lovely views over the garden.

A proportion of the proceeds will be donated to two local charities: SeeSaw, a charity that supplies grief support for the young in Oxfordshire, and Riding for the Disabled (Abingdon Branch), who offer therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities through activities such as riding, carriage driving, vaulting, and show jumping.

OUR FAIRS

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.


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    Kingston Bagpuize House 
    Kingston Bagpuize 
    Oxfordshire
    OX13 5AX