Bumper plant fair returns to Helmingham Hall

Helmingham Hall Gardens near Stowmarket will again play host to one of the region’s largest Plant Fairs over two days this spring bank holiday.  

Visitors can explore dozens of stalls from nurseries offering popular and rarer specimen plants as well as a wide range of garden accessories including tools, planters, outdoor furniture and Xa Tollemache’s unique rose supports. 

The Garden Marquee will host a number of workshops and expert talks, to offer top tips and advice to gardeners and advise on plant-related problems.  

A wide range of artisan makers will also be present, with local food and drink including gin from Heart of Suffolk distillery, handmade crafts like the decorative metalwork from East Bergholt-based Kev Colbear, as well as collectibles and giftware from further afield. Choose Refills from Stowmarket will be bringing their mobile refill shop for visitors to stock up on cleaning, laundry and self-care products with zero waste. 

This year, Plant Fair attendees can also explore an extensive outdoor sculpture trail throughout the gardens, in aid of Art for Cure (no additional fee applies).  

The Spring Plant Fair is organised in conjunction with Plant Heritage, the world’s leading garden plant conservation and research charity, the Suffolk Plant Heritage propagation group is also attending.  

Helmingham’s head gardener Brendan Arundel says “It’s always a pleasure to share our love of gardens with visitors at the Plant Fair. It’s also a really important opportunity to highlight and educate visitors of all ages about the importance of conserving rare plants and supporting the wildlife that depend on gardens of all sizes to thrive.” 

Sunday 28th and Monday 29th May, 10am – 4pm 

Adults £8 in advance (book online at helmingham.com), £10 on the day.  

Children 15 and under go free.  

Well-behaved dogs on leads welcome.