BRONX Bar and Cue in Teignmouth coming to Powderham Food Festival

imagePatrick Fogarty visited twenty-one New York BBQ joints, the top hotdog hotspots and forty two craft beer and cocktail bars to sample their wares and learn their tricks before opening the Bronx Bar and Cue in Teignmouth. He and his wife, Dee Livingstone, already own another restaurant, The Lofty Turtle, in London but he has returned to his roots in Devon to create this little piece of BBQ and Smoke heaven in the seaside town.


Patrick is a trained Goldsmith, who worked for the Danish crown jewellers, Georg Jensen, and he now brings the same perfection and craftsmanship to his food. As we sat and ate the ‘Cue for Two”, he described the incredible processes that go into the brisket, which was just one of a cornucopia of BBQ specials laid out on a platter in front of us. Now, I think I’ve got this right. Firstly, the brisket is left overnight in a special rub, the next day it is injected with spices and a super reduced ‘jus’ made at the restaurant (a meat stock reduction that usually takes 2 days to produce) to keep it moist, then it’s cold smoked to lock in the smoky flavor, then basted with ‘mop’ sauce before another five hours in the smoker, and finally wrapped in baking parchment and cooked a low 100 degrees for 13 hours. Wow! I can attest that it tastes wonderful, melts in the mouth and zings with flavor that quietly turns to smokiness that lingers on the tongue. This is the result of real care and attention and it’s delicious.  From rubs- bastes -mother sauces- to slaws, beans and pickles and back to meat cooked long and slow with loads of smoke everything is prepared fresh at the Bronx to authentic BBQ recipes that have been rigorously tasted and tested. Even the buns are made to a special part-brioche mix by a local baker under the direction of Patrick.


‘Cue for Two” a great communal dining experience.

Fogarty grew up in Teignmouth and moved to London to study jewellery design at Central Saint Martins school of Art, while studying he paid his way by working as a cocktail bartender in Mayfair and Soho graduating to manage some of London’s best nightclubs and private members clubs. He helped rebrand and re-launch the Smollensky’s restaurant group in London and worked as a drinks consultant on beer and spirits brands. before opening his first venture with his wife Dee in East Sheen. Back in Teignmouth he has turned his hand to  interior designer too, and has created the entire decor of the Bronx restaurant himself from putting the floors in to upholstering the seating and choosing light bulbs that give a nostalgic retro glow. It’s cool and funky.


The Bronx Bar & ‘Cue takes its inspiration from New York’s latest (and London’s emerging) trend that returns to an era of good honest, not to mention flavoursome, home cooked American fare where drinks and food are served with modern-day finesse in a decidedly old-school environment. The bar, which should definitely be mentioned here, looked perfect, with all those little super-bar touches such as stocking interesting aromatic bitters and unusual hand selected spirits. Alas, I came at lunchtime and missed out on his famous cocktail making skills. Next time.


Patrick Fogarty

Meet Patrick at the Powderham Food Festival on October 4th where he will be demonstrating in the ‘Theatre of Fire ‘n Smoke” and holding a Q&A session with the audience. Don’t miss it or the brisket, or the ribs.


The Menu – October 2014 – Always innovating, watch out for smoked chicken liver and interesting takes on traditional fare this Christmas.


They show old movies on this wall in the evening and soon will open another room upstairs for parties and live music.

BRONX Bar & Cue, 10 Regent St, Teignmouth, TQ14 8SJ tel 01626 777909


Powderham Food Festival 2014 – 4th October at Powderham Castle

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The Royal Marines are bringing their ‘Field Kitchen’ to Powderham Food Festival. Watch them demonstrate their superb cooking skills.

Saturday 4th October 10am-5pm
At Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter Devon EX6 8JQ
Admission £6 Adults, £2 for children 4-16, family tickets available too.

This year Powderham Food Festival presents the “Theatre of Fire and Smoke” – everyone will be cooking over traditional fire – fire pits, BBQs, wood fired ovens . . . . searin’ and smokin’.

Bring out your inner caveman or woman! Feast your eyes on our theatre of Fire ‘n Smoke and then literally feast on chunks of beautifully char-grilled Devon meat washed down with fabulous West Country ales and cider. The sparks will fly as our pit-masters cook up a storm. Expect delicious outdoor kitchen fireworks and some amazing BBQ food to guzzle.

It’s Autumn: think fire, succulent barbecued meat, hot chestnuts, slow-cooked pulled pork, roasted pumpkins, fish baked in corn husks, clams scattered onto hot coals, sizzling mussels, ravishing ribs. Outdoor cooking over traditional fire all served up in the beautiful surroundings of Powderham Castle.

With four exciting cooking demo areas:

The Main marquee, our “Theatre of Fire and Smoke” – with fire pits, smokers, wood fired oven, Kamado BBQ – and even a smoking wheelbarrow!
Amazing line up of open fire experts performing great culinary acts transforming simple ingredients into searingly, succulent meaty masterpieces, vibrant vegetables and flaming fish.
Image 2 Area 2 – The Royal Marines from Lympstone Training Camp (subject of TV series right now) are also coming, bringing their Cooks Field Tent and Cook Van. They cook at any time anywhere in the world from the heat in Afghanistan to the cold of Norway, constantly raising their skills and team bonding while using limited rations and equipment. They have to think creatively while ensuring that they provide the nutritional content necessary to keep the guys going in the field. Watch our boys demonstrate their superior skills and drink a bottle of special chilli brewed Hunters Ale “Fire King” while raising money for the Marines C Group Charity with a donation from each bottle going to their fund inspiring business to support marines in need.Image 3

Area 3 is the sweet ’n pretty Garton King, AGA “Baking Perfection” marquee. Are your loaves leaden? Do you despair at your sagging sponges? Are your rock hard scones even rejected by the ducks? Help is at hand, here we’ll be serving up superb demos on how to faultlessly bake everything from the perfect meringue to the perfect pasty by a varied line up of expert cooks including AGA supremo chef, David Pengelly, who will be creating wonderful bread and cakes baked in the Dual control AGA, James Strawbridge cooking the Perfect Cornish Pasty and Saira Hamilton revealing Bengali baking secrets. Come along to see David and friends, ask lots of questions and get baking! And a new exciting news – ‘The Vanilla Queen’ is coming too. Image

Area 4 – ‘Fun Kitchen” at Powderham Food Festival. Learn the art of cooking with a series of short, free, hands-on children’s sessions, run all day at Powderham Castle. Fun Kitchen will show children how to have fun creating fresh traditional dishes from scratch. And not only will children be able to taste the fresh food difference in the finished product they take home, they’ll also know just what’s required to make fun wholesome dishes when they get home. Fun Kitchen quick workshops at the Powderham Food Festival are a great way to encourage children to learn more about food in a fun way!

BBQ cooking is taking Britain by storm – chefs all over UK are installing fire pits in their kitchens, giving customers a simple but delicious alternative to more complicated offerings. At Powderham Festival 2014 we are reflecting this in our dazzling line up of guest cooks. From fire-pits to charcoal filled wheel barrows, via flaming tandoori ovens, the festival provides a bonanza of barbecued and char-grilled meats including venison from Powderham parkland, fish and shellfish from Exe Estuary, superb grass fed Devon beef and pork from Pipers Farm.

We will be reveling in all things fiery and smoky with over 100 producers exhibiting in the castle and grounds, fascinating demonstrations, talks and tastings.

Heading the lineup –
Jane Baxter – ex head chef Riverford Field Kitchen Jane Baxter is a chef and food writer. She trained at the Carved Angel under Joyce Molyneux before moving to the River Café. After a stint travelling and cooking around the world, in 2005 she set up the acclaimed Riverford Field Kitchen in Devon. She is co-author of the Riverford Farm Cookbook and Recipes for Everyday and Sunday. Currently based in south Devon, her latest book, co-written with Henry Dimbleby, is Leon: Fast Vegetarian.

Magdalen Chapter Hotel – The core ethos of the Magdalen Chapter Hotel is to create simple, seasonal and classic dishes, with a focus on local produce. Ben Bulger, head chef at the hotel will be demonstrating dishes that have helped to gain the hotel a reputation for excellent food.

Peter Greig co-owner with wife Henrietta, of Pipers Farm, produces award winning grass fed free range meat. Peter began by working in his father’s industrial chicken unit but was keen to change direction to traditional, slow growing farming methods. Heading down to Devon and establishing Pipers Farm, Peter then travelled continental Europe to witness very different butchery methods, teaching himself to butcher. The prime focus is producing contented animals, slowly, on the land in small groups to minimise stress – and to produce fantastic tasting meat. Today Pipers a Farm embraces 25 family farms who use traditional, sustainable values to produce healthy food. Peter is a master at the fire pits, famous for his smoked BBQ beef brisket.Image 1

Zimbabwean-born chef, Kumbirai (Kumbi) Gundidza, has just launched a range of truly delicious sauces, Kumbites,  largely influenced by his African childhood. Growing up in Harare, Kumbi spent holidays with his grandmother on her smallholding outside the city where she grew many different varieties of fruit and vegetables. His aunt too was a caterer and he remembers being in Victoria Falls and eating crocodile tail cooked over an open fire pit. Now living in Dawlish, Kumbi delights in sea air and the glorious Devon countryside. He will be working with Peter Greig of Pipers Farm, prepping some of that superb meat with his African flavoured sauces spiked with different chillis and fragrant with warming spices.

Patrick Fogarty, Bronx Bar and ‘Cue in Teignmouth – London restaurant entrepreneur, Patrick Fogarty is a Devon lad returning to his roots to open Bronx BBQ restaurant and bar to add to the emerging and exciting Teignmouth restaurant scene. Committed to using best local meat, serving killer cocktails and Devon craft ales, Patrick will be serving up a fiery storm with his Head Pitmaster, at Powderham Castle Food Fest this October.

Saira Hamilton is known for her gifts of packing flavour into every dish of delicious Bengali-inspired food. Saira has an intuitive ability to take everyday ingredients and create an extraordinarily good meal. She uses the best of British produce combined with the spices and cooking techniques of her Bengali heritage to create delicious fresh-tasting dishes which are achievable without specialist or hard-to-find ingredients. Her food philosophy is all about keeping it simple and is rooted in her love of good, home-cooked food which is made to be enjoyed and shared with friends and family.

James Strawbridge, proprietor “Posh Pasty Company”, grower, poet, environmentalist, eco-technologist, TV presenter and cook, brings along his “BBQ Smokehouse” serving home-produced pastrami sandwiches. A “Hungry Sailor”, together with his Dad, Dick Strawbridge, he has sailed the coast of South West Britain making landfalls to find the best locally produced food and appeared on his own show. They also appeared together on “It’s not easy being green” and “Saturday Farm”.

Masterchef winner chef, Mat Follas regularly runs courses on foraging and wild plants which he turns into delicious recipes- think elderflower tempura and wild garlic arancini. He is a regular judge for BBC Masterchef and Mat’s recipes are published in a variety of magazines including Good Food, Olive and Delicious magazines.

Patricia Rain, The Vanilla Queen, will be demonstrating with Little Pod in the Perfection Tent. Patricia is an author, educator, culinary historian, and owner of The Vanilla Company (, a socially conscious, product-driven information and education site dedicated to the promotion of pure, natural vanilla, and the support of vanilla farmers worldwide. The Vanilla Cookbook established her as an authority on this exotic rainforest product. Ms. Rain is the voice for small vanilla farmers worldwide, providing information on growing, curing, packaging and shipping vanilla to the world market, providing a forum for networking and representing their needs and concerns through writing and speaking engagements. Additionally, The Vanilla Company is actively working with individuals and groups in vanilla-growing countries to establish projects and to get medical and other needed supplies into rural areas.

And that’s not all. Powderham Forge will be adding fire and sparks ringing out into the Autumn air and woodland crafts people, Running Deer, will be making charcoal and cooking over campfires.

Helen Hayes, PR manager of Helpful Holidays, the key sponsor, is looking forward to the festival “We can’t wait to celebrate a third year sponsoring this event. Fabulous West Country food is very much a part of our guests’ self-catering holiday experience and we are happy to be involved again.”

Family fun, live music and an abundance of fabulous food & drink – don’t miss it.
Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter Devon EX6 8JQ

Admission £6 Adults Kids £2 aged 4-16 Family tickets available.PowderhamFood-MattAustin-54

All photographs by Matt Austin.

Toby Buckland’s Garden Festival Highlights 2014

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Here’s a video of the festival which was a great success for both exhibitors and visitors and we had a lot of fun too.

Watch it here: Toby Buckland Garden Festival 2014 Film  2min 26 sec

The festival brings together celebrity gardener, horticulturist and author, Toby Buckland, Powderham Castle and the leading South West specialist gardening magazine Country Gardener in a gardening event unique to Devon. A perfect festival for every type of gardener.

The annual event takes place on the first May bank holiday of the year. Exact dates and times for 2015 will be announced shortly. See the website for details


ThIs video was produced by: Tony Gray Productions M:0779 2010 758

Gardening Fans Alert! Toby Buckland’s Garden Festival 2/3 May Line Up

HDR tonemappedToby Buckland’s Garden Festival, a two-day celebration set in the glorious grounds of Powderham Castle, nr Exeter in Devon this Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd May.

TV gardener and horticulturist Toby Buckland will head a host of gardening stars, fabulous plants people and more, inspiring gardeners of all ages and abilities with an exciting line-up of speakers, demonstrations and all things gardening for your enjoyment. Come and see the stunning display with over 100 exhibitors showcasing the wonderful nurseries in the region, in addition to children’s gardening activities, food and craft stalls and live music to help create a garden party atmosphere.

Here’s the line up:



11.30. Toby Buckland

Toby Buckland owns a Plant Centre and nursery at Powderham Castle which he runs with his wife Lisa Buckland and will be speaking at the Festival on both days in additin to running the Question & Answer panel. Toby is a qualified horticulturist, TV broadcaster, author and a lifelong gardener who is well-known for his practical, hands-on style. His career has taken him from Devon nurseryman, to professional gardener and on to presenting numerous TV shows. He is an award-winning garden designer, taking RHS Gold and Best in Show at BBC Gardeners’ World Live. Books include Flowers: Planning & Planting for Continuous ColourBBC Practical Gardening Handbook and How to Make Your Garden Grow.

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Toby Buckland by Matt Austin

12.30. Jim Buttress

We’re delighted Jim Buttress VMH, AHRHS, FIHort, Former Superintendent of The Royal Parks and well-known RHS Judge at Chelsea Flowershow and Britain in Bloom will be joining us on both days of the Festival to give talks and be a member of the Q and A panel. Jim is a very entertaining and knowledgeable gardener and star of BBC 2’s forthcoming spring series The Big Allotment Challenge presented by Fern Britton. He also appeared on Return to Lullingstone Castle, BBC Chelsea Flowershow coverage and is a gardening expert on BBC Radio Sussex/Surrey Dig It.

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Jim Buttress

13.30. Kevin Croucher

Kevin Croucher has been running the hugely popular and successful Thornhayes Nursery with his wife Pat in Devon since 1991 .The nursery specialises in trees of all descriptions, from hedges to ornamental trees to fruit and specialist varieties and boasts one of the widest selection in the UK. Kevin is an well-known international expert on trees. All the compost used at Thornhayes Nursery is totally peat-free and Kevin will be picking up this theme with his talk on climate, microclimate, soils and site conditions that make West Country gardening challenging.

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Kevin Croucher

14.00. Q and A Jim Buttress, Toby Buckland, Neil Lucas, Charles Dowding, Kevin Croucher

15.00. Neil Lucas

Neil Lucas is the UK’s leading ornamental grass specialist, an RHS Council Member and judge, best-selling author and holder of ten consecutive Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medals. His internationally renowned naturalistic gardening style can be seen at Knoll Gardens, his four-acre showcase and nursery in east Dorset. This is also the base for the Knoll Gardens Foundation, a charity dedicated to promoting the benefits of sustainable gardening without sacrificing the ‘wow factor’. A real hands-on enthusiast, Neil will be sharing his passion for grasses at the Festival as well as providing some expert advice on planning and planting for stunning year-round effect.  Well-established on the media circuit Neil made his most memorable television appearance during BBC’s Chelsea coverage when he was seen reducing the roots of a miscanthus with a large saw!

16.00. Dr.Todd Gray

Dr Todd Gray has devoted his working career to the study of Devon’s history. He is the author of more than 40 books on the history of Devon including the Garden History of DevonVictorian Wild Flowers of Devon and Devon Country Houses & Gardens Engraved. His passion for his adopted county is self-evident through his publications and in his lectures. He has written more widely on Devon than any other Devon historian and is at the heart of its historical community. Dr Gray will also be signing copies of his new book The Art of the Devon Garden published by The Mint Press at the Powderham Festival

Kitchen Cuttings Talks in Victorian Kitchen in the castle programmed by Creative Director, Gabrielle Jackson

FRIDAY 2nd May

11.00  Waste Not Weeds, Sally Harvey, an expert forager, shows us how to love weeds – and eat them too!  Sally is a trained home economist who worked for IPC magazines on recipe development, food photography and styling before moving to Cornwall and becoming administrator at Rick Stein’s  Seafood School.  She has always used wild foods in her cooking and set up Cornish Country Cordials using apples from Tamar Valley and other locally sourced fruits, winning several Taste of the West awards.

11.45  Ian Mundy, First Great Western and Friends of Dawlish Station – Val Mawhood. Hear the story of a dramatically destroyed railway line and restoration of the station –  not least with flowers. Val tells us something of the floral history of Dawlish and its station.

12.30  Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb.  Only thing that flourishes in your garden? Learn to love it. Lori Reich, Shute Fruit farmer and gold medal winning jam and chutney maker tells us how.

13.45  Sweet Smell of Success. Carolyn Bourne of Whetman Pinks has won  The Queens Award for Enterprise for International Trade.  She and her team grow sweet smelling pinks, sold worldwide and their home-bred “Memories”, a particularly perfumed white flower, has raised £25,000 for Alzheimers Society.Whetman Pinks carolyn in greenhouse

14.30  Answer lies in the soil. The art of good composting. Nicky Scott, compost maestro, reveals his favourite recipe

15.15  So you want to be buried in your garden?  Every passionate gardeners’ dream? Yuli Somme, natural burial expert, felt maker and artist sensitively describes how to make this possible.

16.00  Need a gardening health check? Tracy Wilson, Radio Cornwall’s gardening correspondent will be giving a presentation on plant health and disease in the garden – and most importantly, how to prevent it. Questions welcome.

SATURDAY 3 May – Speakers Marquee

10.30. Jim Buttress

Jim is a very entertaining and knowledgeable gardener and star of BBC 2’s forthcoming spring series The Big Allotment Challenge presented by Fern Britton. See above

11.30. Anne Swithinbank

Anne is one of Britain’s most popular gardeners, a trained horticulturist, freelance gardening broadcaster and writer. Anne will be at the Festival on Saturday 3rd talking about her favourite plants, both ornamental and edible, indoors and outdoors as well as answering gardening queries as a member of the Q&A panel.

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Toby and Anne Swithinbank

12.30. Toby Buckland

13.30. Jason Ingram –

Jason is a Bristol based award winning garden photographer who has travelled widely photographing gardens, plants, food and people for magazines, books and advertising. He takes pictures for BBC Gardeners’ World, Gardens Illustrated, Country Living, The Observer, the Telegraph and many more, in addition to providing the images for both of Toby’s BBC books. Jason will be talking about his work and his new book Kitchen Garden Experts published by Frances Lincoln in May and written by Cinead McTernan.

14.00. Q and A Toby Buckland, Jim Buttress and Anne Swithinbank

15.00. Anne Swithinbank

Kitchen Cuttings Talks in Victorian Kitchen in the castle programmed by Creative Director, Gabrielle Jackson


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Raymond and Sacha Hubbard

11.00 Ray Hubbard, Hill House Nursery – a life in gardening.

His Bluebird Nemesia has sold over 12 million plants world wide and he has many  horticultural tales to tell – not least his rise from growing cucumbers and tomatoes in Essex to owning beautiful Hill House Nursery, near Totnes and breeding highly successful new varieties of favourite plants.

11.45  Devon Violets where are they now? In Bridport in Dorset where Groves Nurseries hold the world famous National Collection of viola odorata plus 70 other violet varieties. What happened to Devon Violets?  Clive Grove relates the history of Devon’s much loved spring flowers.

12.30 Incredible Edible Garden. Fancy lunch of Mexican Mouse Melon and Wolfberries or a supper of Scorzonera sprinkled with Good King Harry and Skirret Seed? These “Incredible Edibles” are available from Pennard Plants, a Somerset nursery housing one of the most remarkable collections of beautiful and productive plants. Chris reveals why.

13.15 Neals Yard Remedies believe health and beauty should be more natural, less synthetic, that’s it down to all of us to protect our precious planet. Toby Curtis from Exeter store explains how plants, herbs and flowers are used to great effect in their organic beauty and well being products. Neals Yard Remedies believe health and beauty should be more natural, less synthetic, that’s it down to all of us to protect our precious planet. Toby Curtis from Exeter store explains how plants, herbs and flowers are used to great effect in their organic beauty and well being products.

14.00 Jan Billington, Maddocks Farm Organics, produces beautiful and tasty edible flowers and award winning organic salads and salad bags. But she also creates stunning dishes using her delectable flowers.  Carefully crystallised, casually thrown in a colourful salad, adorning glorious cakes, you will look at your flower bed with new eyes!Maddocks Farm Edible FlowersPIMMS


14.45 Bugs and Beasties in the Garden – how to beat them and save your sanity. Tim Penrose of Bowdens Hostas, winners of 30 RHS Gold Medals, tells us how to stop slugs and snails eating your garden – offering practical advice with a good dash of quirky humour. He should know as he holds the National Collection of hostas and we all know a snail’s favourite supper.


Tim Penrose

15.30 Blueberry Brothers. Challenges and Triumphs – a tale of successful diversification.  Nick and Toby grow 700 blueberry bushes on the edge of Dartmoor selling within the county.  But blueberry season is short so how to survive? Bringing in other sources of fruit they work with local producers to develop and make delicious blueberry foods and drinks such as chocolates, muffins, tarts, brownies and beer. Tastings!

Blueberry Brothers

Gardening fun for everyone.

Friday 2nd May 10am – 5pm: Saturday 3rd May 10am – 6pm. Ticket costs: Adults £5, children under 16 free. Entry includes admission to Powderham Castle. Free parking. Discounts available. Group discounts are available for groups of 12 and over. Please contact with your requirements

Getting to the festival by train:

The Citizens’ Rail project has created a series of free printable train timetables for the festival weekend, showing times from locations including Exeter, Torquay and Paignton to Starcross station, close to Powderham Castle.

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Olympians are not the only Brits to win gold – Toby Buckland’s Garden Festival unearths treasures

Toby Buckland’s Garden Festival at Powderham Castle on

Friday 2nd& Saturday 3rd May 2014

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Toby Buckland at the Powderham Castle Estate ph: Matt Austin

Olympians are not the only Brits to win gold – the  exhibitors at Toby Buckland’s Garden Festival can boast over 100 RHS Gold Medals between them. See a spectacular display of extraordinary, unusual and beautiful plants with over 100 exhibitors showing across the Castle estate, children’s gardening activities, food and craft stalls and live music to help create a garden party atmosphere.

Meet Whetman Pinks, filling the festival air with the exceptional perfume of their internationally famous blooms,

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Carolyn Bourne of Whetman Pinks

and the Heucheraolics, bringing their astonishing Technicolour Dreamcoat of these leafy, showy plants.



Avon Bulbs, famous for their sumptuous displays at flower shows, will be there too.  Bowdens Hostas hold the National Hosta Collection as well as being champions with their ferns and bamboos;

Tim Penrose of Bowdens Hostas

Tim Penrose of Bowdens Hostas

Cornish nursery Kelnan Plants, specialist growers of South African plants, have won 26 RHS Gold Medals to date and leading ornamental grass expert, Neil Lucas of Knoll Gardens holds 10 consecutive RHS Chelsea Golds  – these are just some of the award winning exhibitors to be seen at Powderham Castle on the best Bank Holiday Gardening weekend of the year.

Toby and Anne Swithinbank

Toby and Anne Swithinbank

Headlining will be television gardening broadcaster, Toby Buckland, giving talks and demos including advice on planning and planting for year-round colour. Other garden stars include: Anne Swithinbank of Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time; organic expert and author Charles Dowding; Neil Lucas from award-winning Dorset nursery Knoll Gardens; Devon garden historian Dr Todd Gray and  garden photographer Jason Ingram who shoots for BBC Gardeners’ World, Country Living and provides images for Toby’s BBC books. International tree expert, Kevin Croucher and

Jim Buttress

Jim Buttress will give talks and be a member of the Q & A panel.

RHS Show judge and soon-to-be-star, Jim Buttress of BBC 2’s The Big Allotment Challenge (airing this Spring), will also be entertaining us in the Speaker’s Marquee.

Clive Groves of Groves Nurseries will be talking Devon Violets in the Victorian Kitchen

Clive Groves of Groves Nurseries will be talking Devon Violets in the Victorian Kitchen

Not to forget the  “Kitchen Cuttings” informal 30 min talks in the Victorian Kitchen Fourteen gripping slots filled with gardening treasures during the two day event: Waste Not Weeds, Sally Harvey shows us how to love our weeds – and eat them too! Alarik Greenfield, artist, will talk about his extraordinarily beautiful trees crafted from wire and peridot stones that take weeks to complete; “Learn to love your Rhubarb” with Lori Reich of Shute Fruit or discover the art of good soil with compost maestro, Nicky Scott. Radio Cornwall’s Tracy Wilson will be talking plant disease and if you haven’t heard of Mexican Mouse Melon then stop by and hear all about them from Pennard Plants, a Somerset nursery with one of the most remarkable collections of “Incredible Edibles”.

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Jan of Maddocks Farm Organics will be talking edible flowers in the Victorian kitchen

Toby is a father of three and keen to encourage another generation of young gardeners, there’ll be a dedicated children’s tent.

Growing Devon Schools, an initiative that gets kids outside growing food, will be at the festival.

Growing Devon Schools, an initiative that gets kids outside growing food, will be at the festival.

They are giving away thousands of free Thompson and Morgan pumpkin seeds to launch the start of Toby’s Pumpkin Fest 2014. Take away your seeds, grow a big-un and bring it back to our Autumn Harvest on Sunday 26th October and you could win a prize.

  • Powderham Forge will be demonstrating their blacksmith skills
  • Devon Dowsers will be joining us to explain the mysterious art of dowsing
  • Growing Devon Schools, Send a Cow, & Devon Gardens Trust will be sharing a stand providing fun and interactive demonstrations will engage the whole family with techniques they can copy at home, building bag gardens and tip taps.
  • Bouncy castle
  • Live bands and Dan the Hat will be providing entertainment

Come and celebrate some of the West Country’s finest nurseries with a packed programme of talks, demos, and plenty of family fun to make this one of the finest and friendliest plant fairs of the year. Ample free parking and tractor-trailer service between the car park and Festival ground. Plant sherpas and plant creche available.

Friday 2nd May 10am – 5pm: Saturday 3rd May 10am – 6pm. Ticket costs: Adults £5, children under 16 free. Entry includes admission to Powderham Castle. Free parking. Discounts available. Group discounts are available for groups of 12 and over. Please contact with your requirements

Getting to the festival by train:

The Citizens’ Rail project has created a series of free printable train timetables for the festival weekend, showing times from locations including Exeter, Torquay and Paignton to Starcross station, close to Powderham Castle.

Toby Buckland infront of Powderham Castle, photo by Matt Austin

Toby Buckland in front of Powderham Castle, photo by Matt Austin