Tavistock Garden Festival 2016 Grow - Eat - Enjoy!
Tavistock Pannier Market played host to the first Tavistock Garden Festival in May 2005. Since then this ever popular event has continued to grow to become a firm fixture on Tavistock’s events calendar providing a great day out for all the family.
This year's event will take place in, and around, the Pannier Market on Sunday 29th and Monday 30th May.
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Tavistock Garden Festival 2014 Grow – Eat – Enjoy!
Tavistock Town Centre was in full bloom for the tenth Tavistock Garden Festival over the Spring Bank Holiday in May 2014.
The event was officially opened by Tavistock Town Mayor, Cllr Harry Smith, who then had the very difficult job, ably assisted by Mayoress, Mrs Mary Smith, of choosing his favourite display from the five fantastic garden displays created by;
1. Barracott Plants - Herbaceous perennials with a display of shade loving foliage plants with seasonal colour
2. Tartendown Nursery - Shrubs, perennials and alpines with a Cornish Country Cottage display
3. Treseders - Display of mixed shrubs and perennials
4. Trecanna Nursery - South African plants, bulbs, perennials, local and botanical art with a display of South African plants set against a West Country coastal setting
5. Wendy Hicks Plants - Herbaceous perennials with a display of perennial planting
After much deliberation the “Golden Trowel” was awarded to James Treseder from Treseders.
2014 saw the first Tavistock Garden Festival Peoples’ Choice award. The visiting public were invited to vote for this award during the Festival which proved extremely popular, with both visitors and exhibitors, resulting in hundreds of votes being cast. Wendy Hicks Plants went on to win this award.
We were delighted to be joined by BBC Radio Devon’s Pippa Quelch and her team who did a live broadcast of her Sunday morning show on Sunday 25th from the Festival and was joined for the Potting Shed by RHS’s Sarah Chesters. Pippa had a great time interviewing some of our exhibitors and chatting to visitors.
As well as expert advice from “The Potting Shed” local gardening experts were on hand in the “Garden Surgery”. John Ladlow, retired gardener and estate manager, Sarah-Jane Cumming from Broad Park Designs and Jenny Tunley Price of The Walled Gardens of Maristow were available to answer a whole host of questions on specialist subjects including garden design, regular maintenance and fruit and vegetable growing.
In addition to the horticultural stands and trade stalls the Town Hall became the Arts and Crafts Hall for the event. Devon Art Pop joined us with a fabulous pop up art gallery, featuring artists from across the region, workshops and demonstrations. Tavistock Garden Festival Poet in Residence Chaz E. Arnold, Paignton Poet, was on hand taking poetry requests in return for donations to Devon Air Ambulance and helped us to raise £378 for the charity. In addition to the art gallery there was also a great mix of specialist crafters from glassware, handcrafted wood to wool spinning and felt craft.
Visitors to the event were entertained by fantastic local groups Tavistock Versatile Brass Ensemble and Tavy Tars on Bedford Square and Festival regular Westcountry Falconry once again wowed the crowds with a free flight display in the grounds of St Eustachius'. Plus there were some amazing faces on display thanks to Facealicious Face Painting.
Festival organisers would like to thank all the demonstrators, contributors, exhibitors, traders and local community organisations for their support and help in making Tavistock Garden Festival 2014 a great success. Thank you also to everyone that visited Tavistock Garden Festival, we hope you had a fantastic time and we hope to see you all again on 24th and 25th May 2015 for the 11th Tavistock Garden Festival!
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