This Grade II listed Old Rectory with its organic garden has been developed over the past 40 years and is in a very tranquil setting on the banks of a mill race, with the River Coln running through the gardens. The wooden bridge that spans the river encapsulates the quirky spirit of fun, creativity and history that comes together at Quenington. The history of the site probably stretches back to the 12th century, when the Knights Hospitaller had a preceptory in the village.
Esme Bradburne, a former head gardener, who read Agriculture at Oxford, was one of the original founder members of the Soil Association. The garden is still run completely on organic lines and Esme’s work was seminal in creating much of the planting that we see today. Although the present layout goes back to 1928 when the Old Rectory was bought from the church.
There are herbaceous borders, mature trees, pool and bog gardens, as well as the large vegetable garden. The garden contains a permanent sculpture display.
Now in their 24th season, our fairs are held in beautiful and prestigious gardens, making a day out at one of our fairs a really enjoyable experience for everyone, whether a novice or experienced gardener.
At every one of our fairs there is the opportunity to buy interesting and unusual plants from our nurseries, all of whom are genuine growers dedicated to offering you well-grown plants and advice on the plants they sell. The admission fee for each of our Fairs is a combined package and includes access to the Fair and Gardens.
Admission is £5.00 per adult and includes the Fair and Garden. Children under 16 Free.
A proportion of proceeds from the Fair are donated to local medical charity Cobalt. www.cobalthealth.co.uk
Homemade refreshments available in the Pool House; all proceeds donated to Cobalt.
Please note that no dogs are allowed in the Garden or Plant Fair (except assistance dogs).
Please visit our website at www.rareplantfair.co.uk for full details of the Fair, including accessibility and parking information and a complete list of exhibitors.
The Old Rectory Quenington Cirencester Gloucestershire GL7 5BN