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 Sunday 27th May 2012 from 10.30am until 4pm.
Over fifty exhibitors include specialist nurseries, such as Place for Plants, Woottens of Wenhaston, Paugers Plants and Pennycross Plants. Many other nurseries with a wide range of unusual as well as popular plants will be supported by stand holders such as Lark Valley Willow and Wood Alfresco who offer garden related products.
Eight hundred plants of chrysanthemum `Spartan Linnet` and `Spartan Display` will be given away free to the first claimants. These are rarely available for sale and will add vibrant colour to the autumn garden.
Half-hour propagation workshops will be given by Plant Heritage experts on topics such as soil types, seed sowing, grafting and taking cuttings. Questions will be welcomed during the talks.
The Plant Doctors will be in attendance to offer advice on plant problems and two of the Suffolk based National Collection Holders, Sarah Cook (Cedric Morris irises) and Jim Marshall (Malmaison carnations) will display and sell the plants for which they have a particular passion.
Visitors to the Fair can also enjoy looking round the Grade 1 listed gardens of Helmingham Hall, which have a glorious spring display in the borders as well as a knot and herb garden, nineteenth century parterre, ancient deer park and Victorian kitchen garden.
Home-made lunches and teas are available as well as a range of food stalls on-site.
Tours of the Helmingham Gardens with Lady Tollemache will take place at 12pm and 2pm, with each tour lasting approximately one hour.
Tickets are £15.00 each and available from the Helmingham Office by caling 01473 890799
Entry to the Plant Fair and Helmingham Hall Gardens is £6 per adult and children are free.