Annual hardy plant fair at Kelmarsh Hall

Kelmarsh Hall

Kelmarsh Hall

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A variety of plants not usually sold in garden centres will be on offer at the 12th Hardy Plant Fair taking place at Kelmarsh Hall on Sunday, May 5, and Monday, May 6.

The event will feature about 25 exhibitors from regional nurseries, mostly selling herbaceous perennials.

Exhibitors include the award-winning Lillies and Chillies and Naieus Exotics, which sells tropical varieties such as banana plants.

There will also be a seed supplier, shepherd’s hut, trugs and twine, plant support and reconditioned tools.

Admission includes entry to the gardens at Kelmarsh Hall, entry to a talk, cooking demonstrations in the garden on May 5 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm, a plant crèche and parking.

Sunday’s talk, by Christopher Stocks, is entitled Fruit in Old Walled Gardens.

Monday’s talk is by gardening writer and former Daily Telegraph columnist Ursula Buchan, who will speak about her new book, A Green and Pleasant Land: How England’s Gardeners Fought the Second World War.

The book examines the efforts made by professional and private gardeners, nurserymen, prisoners of war, researchers, WIs and children, all of whom helped to fight the battle on the Home Front.

Both talks will take place from 11am to midday - places are limited but are available on a first-come first-served basis on the day.

Tours of the house will be running on both days (admission fee applies) and there will also be willow-weaving on the Monday, which visitors can get involved with, and children’s activities.

The Hardy Plant Fair will be open from 10am to 4pm on both days (gardens open until 5pm).

Admission is £4.50 for adults, with children under-14 free.

Kelmarsh Hall is just off Junction 2 of the A14 near Kettering.

For more details visit www.kelmarsh.com or call 01604 686543.