The historic gardens of the Bishop’s Palace at Wells will play host to a Rare Plant Fair on Sunday, March 17th.
The Bishop’s Palace lies at the heart of the historic City of Wells and is a place full of secrets, stories and stunning scenery, and home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for 800 years Surrounded by a breathtaking moat you can cross a flagstone drawbridge, under the portcullis and experience a true hidden gem in the heart of the City of Wells.
The Bishop’s Palace dates from the early-thirteenth century when Bishop Jocelin Trotman, the first Bishop to hold the title Bishop of Bath and Wells, received a crown licence to build a residence and deer park on land to the south of the Cathedral of St Andrew.
There are 14 acres of gardens to explore, including the beautiful well-pools from which the city takes its name. There is evidence that a garden existed here even before Bishop Jocelin began work on the Palace c.1206. Over the years the gardens have changed as successive bishops have added their legacy.
You are also welcome to look around the Bishop's private Chapel, explore the ruined Great Hall and meet the famous mute swans who live alongside the moat and ring a bell when they want food.
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.
Our fair at The Bishop’s Palace is one of our most popular events, and will be open from 10am to 4pm, and adult entry, which includes entry to the fair, garden and Palace, is at a special price of just £6, which is a substantial reduction on normal garden entry.
Lunches and refreshments are available at The Bishop’s Table café/restaurant.
Full details, including a list of the nurseries attending the event, can be found at www.rareplantfair.co.uk
The Bishops Palace Wells Somerset BA5 2PD