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Rare Plant Fair 2023

The Rare Plant Fair will host some of the best nurseries in the South-West, each bringing a selection of exquisite plants of interest to the enthusiast and novice alike.

Participating nurseries: Spiralis, Adventurous Plants, Burncoose Nurseries, Kelnan Plants, Fillans Plants, Penberth Plants, Nick Lock plants, Kenneggy Nurseries, John Sirkett, Japonica Plants, Surreal Succulents, Mike Bells Bamboo, Robin Bell + Chad, Mikes Rare Plants, Barracott Plants, Treseder Nurseries, Leah Burgess – Sow and Grow UK. More to be confirmed.

The Fair will take place on Sunday 3rd September 2023, 10am – 3pm. Free admission to the Fair – however normal garden entry fees apply if you also wish to visit the sculpture gardens

At the fair we will be selling two must-have plant books, one of which is conceived by Neil Armstrong, Tremenheere Director, perfect for any garden enthusiast or novice! Descriptions can be read below:

SHRUBS FOR THE MILDER COUNTIES – by W. ARNOLD–FORSTER

A new edition with an addendum of Plant Name Changes and Colour Photographs, RRP £25, sale price £15.

Classic book, elegantly written by Will Arnold-Forster. First published in 1948 and remains a reliable reference book for those fortunate souls gardening in milder climes. Arnold-Forster lived at Eagle`s Nest, Zennor, West Cornwall. He painstakingly created a wonderful garden, full of colour in the wild exposure of the north Cornwall coast. He was well connected with horticultural pioneers of the day, and though his wife with the Bloomsbury set. Recommendations from the book are as perfectly valid today as they were 75 years ago.

GARDENING ON THE EDGE – Drawing on the Cornwall Experience.

Edited by Philip McMillan Browse, and conceived by Neil Armstrong, RRP £25, sale price £15.

This book is a compendium of chapters written by well-respected, expert gardeners in Cornwall, each describing their experiences. The book aims to provide a general update to the seminal Shrubs for the Milder Counties by Will Arnold-Forster (1948). Extensively illustrated by the authors’ own photographs, often from wilderness locations, the aim is to inspire modern gardeners to explore some of the exciting new horticultural introductions.

“Ten respected and practising gardeners, and one of the world’s foremost evolutionary biologists write on their experiences of ‘gardening on the edge’ – at the edge of knowledge, and at the edge of the land. Since the plant introductions of the nineteenth century, Cornwall has been at the forefront of the art and science of gardening – its gardens and gardeners famous world-wide. “Gardening on the Edge continues this tradition”: it describes a host of plants introduced since the mid-twentieth century – all particularly suited to western seaboard gardens and mild, temperate climates.“