Tavistock Garden Festival 2013 "Dig for Victory!"
The Spring Bank Holiday 2013 saw Tavistock turn back the clock seventy years to commemorate a military anniversary. Tavistock Garden Festival, Dig for Victory was proud to be a part of a glorious weekend of events with plenty to see, buy, and be entertained by.
The Festival was officially opened by Tavistock Town Mayor, Cllr Harry Smith, who in the spirit of Tavistock 1943 used a vintage set of garden shears for ribbon cutting duties. The Mayor, ably assisted by Mayoress Mrs Mary Smith, had the very difficult job of choosing his favourite display from the fantastic mini gardens created by Barracott Plants of Gunnislake, Hidden Valley Nursery of Umberleigh, Tartendown Nursery of Landrake, Treseders, Wallcottage Nursery of St Austell and Wendy Hicks Plants of Bray Shop, Callington. After much deliberation the “Golden Trowel” was awarded to Geoff and Thelma Turner, of Barracott Plants, with their collection of herbaceous plants for foliage and form.
This year the Festival was bigger than ever with over eighty exhibitors and stallholders from specialist plant growers, gardening equipment and furniture suppliers, artisan food and craft producers to local community groups and charities.
In addition to the trade stalls there were some fabulous displays and demonstrations including a wonderful Dig for Victory display by children from Mary Tavy and Brentor Primary School. On Sunday demonstrations included Tavistock Country Market with conservatory gardening and planting and Transition Tavistock with Incredible Edible Tavistock. Local morris dancing side Lodestone Border Morris entertained the crowds in the sunshine with their colourful display.
Monday saw a change in the weather but that didn’t deter the crowds from enjoying, BBC’s The One Show and Gardeners’ Question Time regular, the effervescent Christine Walkden with her highly entertaining and informative demonstrations on no nonsense container gardening. In spite of the less than perfect weather Christine was a great sport all day and was keen to chat to visitors and traders alike. Festival regular Westcountry Falconry once again wowed the crowds with another fantastic free flight display in the grounds of St Eustachius'.
Festival organisers would like to thank all the demonstrators, exhibitors, traders and local community organisations for their support and help in making Tavistock Garden Festival 2013 a great success. Thank you also to everyone that visited Tavistock Garden Festival, we hope you had a fantastic time.
Hope to see you all again 25th and 26th May 2014 for our tenth anniversary.
For more details on the demonstrators at the 2013 event please click on their website links below.
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