Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Toby Buckland's Garden Festival ;-)



On Saturday, we made our way to Powderham Castle for the, 

'Toby Buckland Garden Festival.'

'Could there be a better and more stunning setting for a Garden Festival?'

I asked myself as I made my way to the castle.




The weather forecast was promising ; although you never can tell when it's

 a bank holiday weekend in Devon!




A very fine greeting awaited us at the castle gate and we were raring and ready to go!




After a visit to the refreshments tent, (not that our appetites really needed to be whet!) 

we made our way to the speakers tent, where Toby introduced 

Joe Swift, the famous garden designer.






He was talking on the theme of, ' BIG ideas for small gardens'

and I really enjoyed listening to his amusing talk.

He certainly made me think (and question) what I'm

 doing in my own garden. Lots of food for thought!







And talking of food...

If you're peckish then there are plenty of places to grab a snack or a drink

in between your browsing.





After this,  it was the grand wander. 

This festival gets bigger each year and there is such variety on offer.





Naturally, I always 'home in' on the vintage displays!







Old tools always make me wonder. 

For instance, who used them? 

Where have they been? What sort of life have they had?

If only their prongs, tines, blades, etc, could talk!

What a tale could be told, I'm sure.








I loved this mahogany ladder!

Paint it ? Oh my word...NO!! ;-)








A very fine day was had by all and next year's date is already

 firmly 'planted' in my diary!