Top national garden designers lined up for county fair

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The county will soon be playing host to gardening glitterati when RHS Gold medal winning designers Cleve West and Chris Beardshaw appear at the Cottesbrooke Gardeners’ Fair.

Fresh from their success at RHS Chelsea Flower Show, they will be on hand to speak to visitors at the event, which takes place in the parkland estate of Cottesbrooke Hall from Friday, June 22, to Sunday, June 24.

Since it was launched back in 2008, the fair has grown year-on-year and attracts gardeners from across the UK, Europe and even the USA.

This year there will be more than 70 exhibitors attending including nurserymen and growers, and a range of carefully selected gardening accessory suppliers.

New for 2012 is The Skills, an area celebrating the work of horticultural students at Moulton College.

The students will be presenting a programme of ‘how-to’ gardening demonstrations throughout the weekend and are also creating an allotment bed.

And Northamptonshire-based garden designer James Alexander-Sinclair will be hosting the new Inspire Marquee, where visitors can take part in one-to-one clinics with young garden designers, who will provide them with a design to suit their plot.
Organiser Therese Lang said: “The fair is a unique event in the gardening calendar and its success and growth over the last five years has really put Northamptonshire on the UK gardening map. The fair champions the very best smaller independent ‘hero’ growers and craftsmen from around the UK and beyond and gives passionate gardeners an opportunity to talk to, and buy direct from them.”

Alastair Macdonald-Buchanan, co-founder and owner of Cottesbrooke Hall, said: “This event has developed and improved each year in response to the feedback we receive from our visitors. It’s designed to be small enough to provide the very personal service our visitors enjoy but large enough to offer a whole weekend of interest.

“We hope that as well as visiting the fair and Cottesbrooke Hall, visitors will extend their stay and enjoy the many other attractions the region has to offer, providing an additional boost to the region’s economy.”

Tickets are £9.60 in advance for the Friday and Saturday and £8 advance for the Sunday. On the door prices are £12, £12 and £10 respectively.

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