Be Inspired

At the Hampshire Garden Festival our aim is to inform and inspire you. We have a range of free practical workshops and demonstrations that range from Willow Weaving to Hurdle Making, Hedgehog Talks to Tree Surgery. And for budding foragers, we even have a Fungus Identification class!

So awaken your hidden passions and explore the wide range of fascinating demonstrations and interesting workshops that can be found at the Festival.

Willow Weaving

Kirsty Philbrick from Bristol offers a continuous class on willow weaving. Children and adults alike can make and take home willow crowns, dragonflies or bird feeders, and willow fish. Kirsty also has some of her own beautiful baskets to sell

Fungus Identification

Simon Moore and his friends from the Hampshire Fungus Recording Group carry out organised forays to discover and monitor the fungal species in various parts of Hampshire and sometimes parts of adjoining counties. The forays are open to those who are interested in fungi for what they are rather than just “Can you eat them?” They will have a static display all about the different forms of fungus, he will also be happy to identify any unusual forms of fungus if you would like to bring along photos of fungus that have been puzzling you.

As it is not the time of year to grow fungus they will not be displaying fresh varieties. Visit: 

Hedgehog Talks

Hart Wildlife Rescue are a registered charity who run a wildlife hospital in North East Hampshire, providing a rescue, treatment and rehabilitation service for wildlife from all over Hampshire and surrounding counties. Hart will be giving information on what to do if you find an animal casualty, and how to make your garden wildlife-friendly. They will also have some example nests for you to look at and will be selling their hedgehog houses.



The fascinating world of Beekeeping will be featured as the enthusiastic members of the Basingstoke and District Beekeepers Association will be attending. They will showcase the wonderful world of Beekeeping with their demonstration hive, equipment and knowledge on all things related to the Bee!

Basingstoke & District Beekeepers Association

THAT Gallery

We are delighted that an eclectic group of local artists will be joining us this year at the Hampshire Garden Festival. They will be displaying a wide range of artistic mediums. They are all associated with ‘THAT Gallery’, which is an artist led, community pop up gallery working in partnership with Festival Place, Basingstoke. Over the last four years, they have “popped up” and occupied empty units within the shopping centres and showcased original artwork by local artists.

We have:

Jacky Purtill  – Mixed media floral abstract

Liam Kelleher  – Inktense study – and will offer a caricature whilst you wait….

Sadia Etu Islam – Henna artist, will offer henna body art

Graeme Farragher  – Palette knife, acrylic and resin works

Fatima Pantoja  – Freelance artist and educator  – will offer a painting whilst you wait…..

for the children, there will be a painting and colouring table!

The Oxford Collective

The Oxford Collective are offering: “Wood and Clay: Unique, thoughtfully handmade ceramic and wooden goods for the home and garden. Come over and try adding your own personal touches.”


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