The sunny weather means we can finally start appreciating the garden again. Whether you’re looking for some inspiration, new furniture or just fancy a day out, this month check out one of the region’s shows
Hatfield House Garden Show
The Hatfield House Garden Show returns 30 to 31 May at Queen Elizabeth Oak Field. There will be a host of exhibitors from nursery specialists, design and books to sheds, seed and furnishings, so you can get your garden in shape in time for summer.
Entertainment throughout the day will keep guests occupied and informed with question sessions with Capel Manor Gardening Experts, workshops, presentations and the opportunity to learn about vegetable growing and allotments.
Admission includes access to the show, West Garden, Hatfield Park and Woodland Garden. Shopping at the Stable Yard will also be available.
Prices for the Garden Show are £10 for adults, £9 for seniors and accompanied children 15 or under are free of charge.
Spring Plant Fair
The annual Spring Plant Fair, organised by Suffolk Plant Heritage in partnership with Helmingham Hall will be held in the beautiful grounds of Helmingham Hall on 24 May.
It’s a chance for visitors to indulge in their passion for all things gardening. There will be a free plant such as the lovely ‘perennial wallflower’ and Erysimum ‘Ruston Royal’ for 800 visitors.
A wide range of unusual and popular plants will be available from over 50 nurseries, local National Plant Collections and the Suffolk Plant Heritage propagation group, which will be selling rare plants, some not offered for sale elsewhere. The Garden Marquee will host Gardening Workshops, including Climbers – what where and when, Growing Vegetables in Containers and Seasonal Propagation. The Plant Doctors will be available to offer advice on any gardening topic, to identify your mystery plants and plant problems.
Visitors can also browse among a wide range of exhibitors offering everything from hand tools to soap and garden furniture to sun hats. The Plant Fair gives the whole family a full day out, live music, a dance tent, home made teas and lunches as well as a range of food stalls. Visitors can enjoy the Grade 1 listed gardens of Helmingham Hall, with walled kitchen garden, herbaceous borders, roses and ancient deer park.
Tours of the gardens with Lady Tollemache, tickets £10 each, are bookable from the Helmingham Estate Office.
Entry to the Plant Fair £7.00 per adult. Children are free. Tel: 01473 890799