Following on from our very successful spring Fair, we return to the historic gardens of the Bishop’s Palace at Wells for an Autumn Rare Plant Fair on Sunday, September 13th.
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.
There are 14 acres of gardens to explore. Since development of the gardens started in 2005, the borders have been planted with season long interest in mind. Many of the roses are repeat flowering and the cross section of planting means that most of the borders are full of interest from May until the first frosts. In September the large Bishops Dahlia collection will be at its best and a riot of colour. The Hot Border will also be at its peak and full of yellows, reds and blues.
The South Lawn planting is inspired by a sketch from 1830 and features bold and luxuriant planting around the tower. The huge, newly planted Wells border has retained its late Victorian feel but has been updated for a more contemporary style with roses, Philadelphus and many choice late-flowering perennials. In September the Garden of Reflection will also be at its best with bright annuals filling the stained glass window themed garden.
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.
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 10:00am to 4:30pm, and adult entry, which includes entry to the fair, gardens and Palace, is at a special price of just £7, 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