2018 Plantsman's Days

11.00am-3.30pm - Last Wednesday of every month from April - September

Admission: £8.50

Talks & Demonstrations with Marina Christopher

11.30am -12.00noon

May 30th 2018: The Chelsea Flower Show 2018 – trials and tribulations of growing for the show gardens.

June 27th 2018: Trial of the trefoils. This season I am trying several interesting clover species.

July 25th 2018: Growing for Hampton Court Flower Show – British Natives to the fore.

August 29th 2018: The Salvia and Mint family. Caviar for the pollinators.

September 26th 2018: Late summer daisies steal the show.

Guided Gardens Tours with Marina Christopher

2.00pm - 2.30pm

Walled garden designed by Piet Oudolf (April, June and August)

The dynamic inner walled garden is constantly changing. When planted in 1997, this was the first naturalistic garden designed by Piet Oudolf in Britain.

Front garden designed by Christopher Bradley-Hole (May, July and September)

Designed with a formal grid pattern of square flowerbeds with a central seating area and pool. Predominantly grasses interspersed with small bursts of colour in the red and yellow spectrum.

Lunch 12.30pm - 2.00pm

Delicious fare available at £16/head to include morning coffee plus a two-course lunch.

Groups welcome.

Lunches must be pre-booked a week in advance by telephoning Marina on 01420 560695 or email marina@phoenixperennialplants.co.uk to ensure a place.

'praktis 2018 Exhibition

Mind and matter: the making of craft

11th to 14th October 2018, 10am to 5pm

Sixteen craftsmen from around Britain are exhibiting their work together in the beautiful setting of Bury Court Barn in October.

The exhibitors are experienced, renowned craftsmen in the fields of ceramics, glass, wood, willow, jewellery and textiles who exhibit nationwide, and have come together to show pieces for sale or commission, but also to reveal their thinking, their inspiration and working methods in practical demonstrations and illustrated talks during the exhibition.

The importance of the making process – the consideration, the preparation and the sheer repetition of creating something by hand, all play an equal part in the finished object. Some crafts require physical strength, some minute concentration and others a fluidity of action, and in all cases it is the process of making items over and over again that encourages the maker to strive towards perfection and do better each time.

Free admission. Refreshments available.

For more information please visit the 'praktis 2018 website.