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Rare Plant Fair at Highnam Court. Nr. Gloucester
Highnam Court, Highnam, Gloucester GL2 8DP
Venue: Highnam Court
Highnam Court was built in 1658 after the original house was seriously damaged in the Civil War. It is one of the few houses built during the Commonwealth period. The design of the houses is linked to Ernest Carter who was a pupil of Inigo Jones.
The Highnam Estate was bought in 1838 by Thomas Gambier Parry, who was an accomplished artist, musician and art collector. This talented painter is also responsible for the magnificent frescoes in Highnam Church. He started to lay out his garden in 1840, and by 1874 it rivalled any in the UK. Unfortunately, since the turn of the last century almost nothing had been done in the gardens. Consequently, when the process of restoration started in 1994 the gardens were totally overgrown.
During the last 25 years, since Roger Head has been the owner, the gardens have been totally and lovingly restored to their former glory, with many new additions being made to compliment and enhance the original design, including a new herbaceous border which were designed and planted during 2018 and which is now maturing well. In 2020, new parterres and rose plantings have been added to the garden.
All our events are held in beautiful and prestigious gardens, each with its own unique character, from those with histories stretching back centuries to more modern gardens created in recent years. A day out at one of our fairs a really enjoyable and inspiring experience for everyone, whether a novice or experienced gardener.
The nurseries that attend our Fairs are carefully selected to ensure that they are genuine growers who produce most or all of the plants that they sell themselves. We try offer the widest possible range of plants to our visitors, including perennials, shrubs and trees, alpines, bulbs and exotic plants, and all of our nursery owners are experts in the plants that they grow. They are all always happy to offer all the advice that you need to select and grow the right plants for your garden.
To manage the flow of visitors to this event, ENTRY TO THE FAIR IS BY PREBOOKED TICKET, with allocated time slots for arrival. Please check your ticket for your earliest arrival time; once at the Fair you are welcome to stay as long as you like up until the closing time of 4:00pm. Book your tickets via the link below.
The fair will be open from 11am to 4pm, and adult entry, which includes entry to both the fair and garden costs just £5.50, inclusive of booking fee. ENTRY IS BY PREBOOKED TICKET, with allocated time slots for arrival.
Prebooking is only required for adult visitors; accompanying children under 16 are admitted free of charge and you do not need to prebook for them.
Well-behaved dogs on a short lead are allowed in the Fair and Gardens.
The Fair supports the work of local healthcare charity Cobalt Health, which provides advanced diagnostic facilities for those with cancer and other life threatening illnesses.
Full details, including a list of the nurseries attending the event, catering arrangements and information on accessibility and parking, can be found at our Highnam Court Event Page at
https://www.rareplantfair.co.uk/our-fairs/2021-highnam-court-nr-gloucester/, where you can also book your tickets.
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