NEW FOR 2021 : The Garden Clinic

This year we are thrilled to announce our very own Garden 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 and discuss all things garden related. An optional donation pot to The Hampshire Medical Fund will be available. Timings to be confirmed.

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!…..

OUR VERY OWN FAMILY FUN DOG SHOW!

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. 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

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:

  • Circus Wessex – All day drop in – Jonathan the Jester will be entertaining all day long with marvellous magic skills. Come and watch him perform and try your hand at a range of circus stunts!
  • 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!
  • Winchester School of Martial Arts Judith Emery will be demonstrating for children. Ages 3 and above are welcome to take part. Judith currently holds the rank of 3rd Dan in Ju Jitsu & 1st Dan Taekwon-do. Judith began her Martial Arts career over 25 years ago first training in Taekwon-Do ITF, where she competed very successfully in tournaments, winning Gold both as an individual & as part of a team at international level.
  • 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.
  • Creature Teachers: All day drop in – Hold creepy crawly creatures with hundreds of legs, or just one big, slimy foot!  Come face to face with what’s lurking in the venomous & poisonous Beasty Tanks!  Feel a snake slither across your hands and discover how cold blooded creatures use their colours to survive!  Join The Creature Teachers and get hands on with & up close to snakes, lizards, spiders, giant millipedes and lots of other slithering & creeping creatures!
  • 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.
  • Forest School will be running den building sessions in the nearby woods.

SPECIALIST NURSERIES

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