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ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES, WORKSHOPS, TIMINGS AND MORE COMING SOON

NEW FOR 2020 : GARDEN DESIGN CLINIC

This year we are thrilled to announce our very own Garden Design Clinic. Kindly sponsored by Fowler Architecture and Planning we have invited three of Hampshire’s most exciting and leading garden designers to hold a Clinic where you can come along for a one off and free consultation.  Timings and more information to follow shortly.

TIMINGS TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY!

Louisa Corbett

“I studied for the Diploma in Garden Design at Inchbald and qualified with distinction in the summer of 2018. I valued the learning so much I completed a second year in Design Development and this summer complete my third year. I have also been hugely fortunate to work on the planting teams of two RHS Chelsea Flower Show gardens for The David Harber and Savills Gardens in 2018 and 2019. I was recently shortlisted for a show garden at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2020 for Macmillan Cancer and very much hope to have another opportunity to showcase a garden at an upcoming RHS show.

I opened my own studio launching my practice in the autumn of 2018 completing seven lovely projects in my first year. I undertake a range of commissions from designing new planting schemes to comprehensive re-designs of the entire garden exploring and achieving its full potential. I enjoy drawing on the aesthetics and architecture of the house and the wider landscape and through carefully chosen planting, supporting our wonderful and diverse ecosystems enabling them to thrive.

A growing interest of mine is rewilding, the arrival of a profusion of plants and animals at the pioneering Knepp estate in West Sussex run by Charlie Burrell and Isabella Tree is both astounding and encouraging and I would relish the opportunity to work on similar projects.”

JamesonStamp

“There’s is no start or finish to the creation of a garden, it’s a process, an emotive one.”

The collaboration between Lou Jameson and Jez Stamp was the joining of two creative minds with one passion, gardening, JamesonStamp has emerged as a dynamic and energetic design partnership with extensive plant knowledge and a desire to create memorable gardens for the future.

“Our understanding of the land and countryside always give our rural projects a sense of place.  Our love for creative planting design makes us equally responsive to the urban environment.  In conclusion we love what we do as designers, plants people and as gardeners, we’re very much hands on.”

Katherine Lee Garden Design

I’m Katherine Lee, founder of the busy studio of Katherine Lee Garden Design based in the heart of Hampshire’s smallest town, Whitchurch. 

Friends say I’m creative, energetic, passionate, brave and get things done. 

All I know is that from age 6, after my parents called off the search for their missing daughter, having found me tending my patch of garden, I had caught the gardening bug. 

My journey into garden design has been circuitous, through psychology, finance and the city (my first degree / PwC / YouGov plc as their first (and award winning) CFO / my own investor relations consultancy for 10 years). Throughout this 20+ year career, several threads ran through my life: my love of the outdoors, adventuring, traveling, hiking, gardens, gardening. You get the idea. 

When I realised I was spending much of my free time advising friends and friends of friends on their gardening, garden design and garden challenges, I decided to make a wholesale change, leading ultimately to a distinction in the Garden Design Diploma from the world renowned London College of Garden Design based at Kew Gardens in London. 

I know how much of a privilege owning outside space is and its my ambition to help clients get the best of this resource. How a garden makes you feel is a key driver of my garden design approach. Being unafraid of change is an essential tool in garden design.

I work with a cross-section of residential and commercial clients. I believe that rewilding can begin at home (or rather at garden) and sustainability is a critical theme in all I do). A current commercial project is looking at bringing the wonders of nature to a SEN nursery in Basingstoke. 

I’ve worked with some leading designers at RHS Chelsea and RHS Chatsworth in 2019 and am looking forward to planting again at Chelsea this year. Watch this space for a show garden…

WORKSHOPS & DEMONSTRATIONS TENT

We have numerous workshops and talks in a dedicated tent – keep an eye on the website for up-to-date news of who will be joining us. In the meantime, here’s a taster!…..

  • CoCo Blanche Cake Demonstration – ‘We are a local cookery school. We are absolutely delighted to have been invited back to the Garden Festival this year’
  • Judith Searles Flowers (Demonstration) – Judith Searles Flowers was established in 2009, when a lifelong passion for flowers was combined with years of experience in event management and sales. Due to her insistence on quality flowers and exceptional customer service, Judith’s reputation has grown steadily over the years and much of her work is now derived from personal recommendation.
  • Scovellsway Training KennelsWe will be offering informative and entertaining gundog demonstrations. Why not come and talk to us, meet our dogs and find out the training options we offer for you and your dog. On our stand, we will be offering a dog training and grooming advice throughout for you and your dog!’
  • Willow Weaving
  • Portals Papermaking Demonstration

We also have the following stands…

  • Adopt South
  • The Butterfly Conservation stand will have a newly refreshed display of butterfly and moth photos in various “galleries”; help on those tricky identification queries; guidance on gardening for butterflies and moths; a Butterfly Walks guide for Hampshire; badge-making for children; reports and other information. They may also have handmade butterfly and bug hotels for sale (subject to getting supplies). 
  • Glorious Game – Gavin and Oscar will be back demonstrating the art of fly fishing on the river at Bere Mill.
  • Hampshire Bat Group are coming along to promote bats. They have few conservation projects in our area, so are looking for new enthusiasts.
  • Perfectly Potty – Mellie will be back this year encouraging people to have a go on her Potters Wheel.
  • Woodland Trust will be offering the chance to learn about our native trees.
  • Berkshire Birds of Prey: ‘We offer the opportunity to hold and touch all our amazing birds of prey. Find out about the birds and enjoy a photo or two’. 

OUR VERY OWN FAMILY FUN DOG SHOW!

Kindly sponsored by Godwins Solicitors

Enter your furry friends for what has proved to be a real highlight of our Festival over the past couple of years. There will be a charge of £3 for each class you enter or £5 for two classes. The classes include Dog most like its owner, Prettiest Bitch, Most Handsome Dog, Best Veteran, Waggiest Tail and Dog with most character – rosettes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each class!

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES

Children’s Activities are kindly sponsored by Childs Farm.

NEW FOR 2020

“I love to inspire the next generation of gardeners, and enjoy getting muddy fingers through fun, creative hands-on activities with children. I’m excited to bring to this year’s Hampshire Country and Garden Festival, two growing activities for children to make and take away: propagating basil and planting calendula seeds.  Both options are quick and easy to grow (as well as edible!) and will continue to give enjoyment over the summer months. Children can colour and decorate their compostable pots before planting up and finishing with their favourite part – watering!” –

Lauren from Muddy Fingers 

There is masses for children to do at this year’s festival. We want to encourage children to try new things whilst getting lots of fresh air and spending time with friends and family. All activities below are included in your ticket price unless stated otherwise:

  • Sandy Kidz Sand Art: all day drop in – Brilliant SandyKidz Creations are coming back this year and children can get crafty making bookmarks and fridge magnets in their dedicated marquee.
  • Juggling Jake Circus Skills: all day drop in with Arena Show (time TBC) – Juggling Jake is back in his beautiful star studded tent where children and parents can drop in and have a go at circus tricks under Jake’s guidance. He is also going to be putting on a few shows demonstrating how it should be done. 
  • Merry-Go-Round Storytelling in the Indian Tent – Join Amanda from Merry-go-Round Storytelling for some funny tales and fairy tales. Children will love Amanda’s interactive sessions as she brings classic stories to life with music, movement and lots of imagination!
  • Children’s Yoga Lessons in the Indian Tent – Join us for a fun, colourful and exciting yoga adventure in the garden. We’ll use our bodies and imaginations to grow a beautiful garden of flowers and trees together – and we might meet a few bugs and butterflies along the way. Suitable for beginners. Mats will be provided but please feel free to bring your own if you’d prefer.

Merry-Go-Round Storytelling and Children’s Yoga will take place in our beautiful Indian tent in the Children’s Area.

  • Furlock Holmes Petting Zoo: all day drop in – Furlock Holmes will be bringing their rescue rabbits and guinea pigs as well as their two miniature Shetland ponies. Children will have the opportunity to handle, groom and feed the animals in an enclosed area and learn about the animals on show. They will also be providing information and literature about what our charity does.
  • Armadillo Art Murals: all day drop in – Let your artistic skills loose and help us create a mural of the day. See image to the left of the beautiful mural created last year, which now hangs at Basingstoke Hospital brightening up the Overton Unit.
  • Get crafty with Bloom Overton who will be running a selection of fun make & take activities such as Decopatch, print a design on a hat, purse or drawstring bag to take home, Pom Pom Making- turn it in to an colourful accessory and pottery painting. (£8 per item of which 50p will go to the Hampshire Medical Fund) All day drop in!
  • Forest School will be running den building sessions in the nearby woods.

SPECIALIST NURSERIES

Kindly sponsored by The Candover Clinic.

We have a fine array of wonderful stalls to browse manned by passionate plants people. Come and explore a feast of horticultural treasures and take home a selection to plant in your garden and remember us by from the following nurseries:

ART & GIFT STALLS

There will also be a wide range of other stalls selling art and gifts. Keep checking back for more additions!

FOOD & DRINK

At the Hampshire Country & Garden Festival we have food and tasteful delights for you to enjoy.

Our own fantastically popular Tea Tent selling delicious home-made cakes and hot drinks’ is very kindly sponsored this year by NFU Mutual

There will be a delicious BBQ provided by Bere Mill Butchery

Also explore our wide selection of food and drinks stalls taking in the widest of offerings and lip smacking wonders. There will be food and drink on offer to buy and eat on the day and also to take away.

LIVE MUSIC

Live Music from Head North – Celtic soul from the heart of Hampshire

The seeds of Head North were sown after a chance encounter at a highland wedding. A brace of exiled Scots, Roddy Watt (accordion) and Hamilton Gross (fiddle), met over a dram in Hampshire with Michael Holgate (banjo/mandolin), an Englishman steeped in the Scottish tradition through years of living in the North Isles and Orkney. A lively jamming session ensued and the band was born.

The trio were then joined by Andrew Rose on guitar and Rob Sword on piano and arrangements, as well as three talented singers – siblings Rachel and Simon Thomas, and Rachel Reed – who completed the line-up. With a base in Hampshire but strong Scottish roots, Head North is a quirky mix of old and new/old and young. Their repertoire comprises an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary Celtic music.

Traditional reels, jigs, airs and songs are complemented with modern additions to the genre and original material. The infectious rhythms and melodious sounds of Head North will enthuse and energise audiences! We hope you will enjoy. www.headnorth.org.uk