Published: 22 February 2013
Rose Festival and Garden Fair
Cadhay is hosting a very special event in aid of Hospiscare in May 2013.
Anyone with an interest in gardening and able to visit East Devon should put the following date in their diary now.  Monday 27th May 2013 is the day that the world of gardening will be buzzing down in Devon.
A major Rose Festival and Garden Fair is being staged as a one day event within the wonderful gardens at Cadhay. It is being organised by, and all proceeds will be in aid of Hospiscare, the charity that does great work for patients and their families at its Exeter hospice and in the communities around mid and east Devon.

The Rose Festival

Cadhay Gardens
This part of the event is being headed up by Robert Mattock of Robert Mattock Roses from Oxford. He will be giving a talk called ‘’Rose Replant Disorder’’ plus providing a ‘Search for Lost Roses and an identification service on his stand and also taking his place on the ‘Ask the expert’ panel along side TV gardener Anne Swithinbank and Cadhay head gardener Dave Armstrong.

The expert panel will take their places in the Granary at 2.15pm. Other leading UK rose growers will also have impressive displays with opportunities to purchase their multi award winning plants.  There will also be demonstrations and displays of floral work at the event.

Talks program

Other talks to be given in the granary building will be by June Hollow from Pounsley Plants, her subject is “the History and Development of Roses” and Charlie Pridham will give a talk entitled “Success with Clematis”.



Cadhay Gardens
The extensive list of exhibitors and stall holders is impressive, they range from specialist ornamental and edible plant growers, water gardening and ornamental structures made from living plant material.  Metal work and garden ornaments and gifts will also feature on many stands.
Horticultural courses and learning opportunities will be displayed on the Bicton College stand and John Horsey Horticulture will inform visitors of his range of courses. Examples of botanical art will be displayed by Susan Thomson from Topsham.
Devon Plant Heritage volunteers will be manning their stand to promote the work being carried out to conserve, increase numbers and inform gardeners about the diversity of garden plant species under threat, some being those that we often take for granted and assume will be around forever. A visit to their stand will show this reality that is now becoming evident within the world of gardening.    
There will also be a range of specialist crafts displayed on stalls for sale to visitors looking for something different.

Something to eat

There will be plenty of catering facilities available throughout the day, these will include morning drinks and refreshments, light lunches and afternoon cream teas, plenty of seating will be provided for people to sit and enjoy such a glorious setting. For those with an interest in old houses there will be a rare opportunity to have a guided tour inside Cadhay house, pre booking is required for this, see website address below.

We will be there

Cadhay Gardens
The Gardening Times is delighted to support this event and encourages its readers to bring along family and friends to see the displays, hear the speakers, enjoy the gardens and house, and hopefully make some purchases from the many stall holders while supporting the work of the Hospiscare charity. 
For more information about this great event and how to get there please see the website: www.
During your visit please come and say hello on The Gardening Times stand, I look forward to seeing you.
Reported by Chris Allen  

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