The beautiful gardens at Rodmarton Manor play host to a Rare Plant Fair on Sunday, June 23rd.
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.
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 to the fair and garden is just £5. Refreshments are available.
Full details, including a list of the nurseries attending the event, can be found at www.rareplantfair.co.uk
Rodmarton Manor, Nr. Tetbury. Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 6PF