Burton Agnes Hall & Gardens
The Burton Agnes Hall Gardeners' Fair takes place this coming weekend, Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th June, 11am - 5pm. Over the two days, the Hall & Gardens are transformed into a horticultural celebration with stalls, talks, tours, displays, art installations and demonstrations.
Its award winning gardens will be at their best (previously winning the HHA Christie’s Garden of the Year Award) alongside a broad range of specialist nurseries and stalls selling plants, gardening tools, garden furniture and ornaments.
inside the Old Elizabethan Walled Garden
Over 40 stalls selling plants, gardening tools and furniture; plus garden art, sculpture, food and drink. One of several, new exhibitors at the fair is Damson Tree Vodka; small batches of home-grown damsons are steeped in quality vodka for an entire year to develop a deep, fruity character, with subtle accents of almond and marzipan. Twice filtered, and bottled by hand, Damson Tree Vodka is meticulously crafted.
image courtesy of Damson Tree
TALKS & ADVICE
The Burton Agnes Gardening team and nursery stallholders are on hand to share their expertise.
Gardeners' Question Time: a take on Radio 4's longstanding programme, hosted by Dame Susan Cunliffe-Lister, expert horticulturalist Dick Robinson and Jeremy Palmer (Head Gardener at Burton Agnes). A lively event sparking interesting horticultural questions and conversations.
Garden Tours with Jeremy Palmer are on offer throughout the weekend.
An insight to beekeeping from the Beverley Beekeepers
Hardworking Dug in the old Elizabethan Walled Garden
Garden-inspired art installations by students from Bishop Burton College. Floral crochet installation by crochet genius Chris Norrington.
Exquisite eco-printed floral textiles for sale from Leafsong
Miniature garden display and competition.
detail of an eco-printed textile by Leafsong
Chainsaw sculptor extraordinaire Karl Barker, will create a carved children's character over the weekend; watch him work his magic.
International Garden Photographer of the Year 2019, Jill Welham, creates unique prints using wet cyanotype*, a modified version of the 19th century photographic printing process. Whilst at the Gardeners’ Fair, Jill will give a talk and demonstrate her printing technique. This process yields stunning, unique botanical images with striking texture and subtle shades of colour. Jill will introduce her year-long artist residency that is just beginning at Burton Agnes Hall, discuss her work and take questions. Some of Jill’s cards and prints will be available to purchase.
This event will take place between 1.30pm – 3pm. It is free to attend, although spaces are limited - pre-registration is required. Please book here or via, the Burton Agnes Hall instagram page.
*Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print.
images courtesy of Jill Welham
Local florists, Caroline Young (Violet and Willow) and Jan Falkingham (Field and Bloom) will demonstrate how to make table arrangements using seasonal, British cut flowers on Sunday 16th June, 11.30am - 1.30pm. Caroline and Jan will be available to answer questions throughout the day.
image courtesy of Violet & Willow
Collect a Burton Agnes Hall quiz & garden trail activity sheet at the ticket office on your way in, there's lots to fill in and find!
Biscuit decorating with the talented Zlatka of Bramper Biscuits throughout the weekend.
Pet the friendly Stockholes Alpaca's in the petting area.
Discover the new adventure playground via the woodland walk, you might even see some fairies en route ...
The new adventure playground will keep the little ones
entertained for hours!
FOOD & DRINK
Bring a blanket and picnic on the lawn. There will be wood-fired pizzas served from the restored vintage trailer using ingredients from the garden. Wold Top beer & cider on tap, Damson Tree’s botanical vodkas, a feast of cakes and bakes and the Burton Agnes vintage ice cream van serving local ice cream.
The Courtyard cafe will also be open, serving delicious homemade food and locally roasted Fair-trade coffee and teas.
Islay's Ice cream Van
Adults £7.00, Seniors £6.50, Children (4-15 Years) £4.00 Under 4's Free
OPEN: 11am - 5pm
For further information visit: burtonagnes.com
There's lots to discover in the old Elizabethan Walled Garden including the giant board games (chess, draughts, hoopla, snakes and ladders, noughts and crosses, and hop scotch).
I personally, can't wait!