Celebrity guests in garden

4:00pm Saturday 1st June 2013

THE Garden Festival returns to Hellens Manor in Much Marcle on Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9, with all profits from the event going to St Michael’s Hospice and the development of their new sensory garden.

Celebrity speakers include Gold Medal winner and TV gardener Hannah Genders, who will officially open the festival and talk about building sustainable eco-gardens.

Prolific podcaster and bee campaigner Brigit Strawbridge will be on hand for the Gardeners’ forum, alongside entertaining double-act Terry Walton, ‘Allotment Doctor’ from BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show, and Herefordshire’s own Richard Fishbourne, author of Bugs and Beasties. Also on the line-up are green author and columnist Rachel Corby, and Richard Priestley, who will be asking what role our gardens, allotments and farms play in helping feed ourselves, a theme echoed by Stephen Powell, who will talk about his community forest farm in the Black Mountains.

There will also be demonstrations from rural craft experts and more than 60 exhibitors offering plants, advice, garden products, design services and handmade goods. For details, visit thegardenfestival.co.uk.

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