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25th annual Unusual Plants Fair

This year we are celebrating the 25th annual Unusual Plants Fair on the 17th and 18th June 2017. The weekend is the biggest date on the museum’s calendar and this year looks set to be packed full of stall holders, demonstrations and talks.
We will be joined by nurseries, garden suppliers and specialists from all over the region, who will be selling unusual finds for your garden and offering expert advice. Looking for something you won’t find in your local garden centre? This is the event for you!

25th annual unusual plants fair
Throughout the day we will have a selection of talks and tours from expert gardeners from around Hampshire including tours from our own garden manager Rose Malyon and a talk from Chawton House Libraries charismatic garden manager Andrew Bentley, on Sunday 18th at 11am. Andrew will be talking about the rise and consequences of the English Landscape garden. He will explore the influences of the movement, key characters and their contributions and the effects this change had on gardens, the landscape and people.

25th annual unusual plants fair
Also on Sunday at 1pm David May from Seale Nurseries will be will be conducting a Rose grafting workshop, and see our Eighteenth Century gardeners tend to the gardens, and talk to them about their gardening methods.
To celebrate the anniversary we have a garden in a box competition, just pick up a box from the museum for just £1 and create a garden in it. Entries will be judged on the Sunday and all entries will be on display.

25th annual unusual plants fair
The weekend is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the museum and garden with the additional fun of the fair, there will be plenty for the whole family to see and do, and something to interest everyone from professional gardeners to those wishing they were more green fingered. Entrance to the fair and museum is just £7 for adults and children go free.