Plant Fair and Garden Open – Knowle Hill Farm

Knowle Hill Farm
Ulcombe, Near Maidstone ME17 1ES
Sunday 26 July 2015, 11am to 5pm

Admission £4.00 HPS Members £3.50

Event open to the public

We are holding this event in the beautiful setting of Elizabeth Cairns’ garden at Ulcombe. It will combine a plant fair of specialist nurseries, a garden open to show visitors this lovely garden, and a flower show for members to share some of their favourite plants. We hope that the sun will shine and that many members and visitors will come along to enjoy the day.


Plant Fair

We have invited a number of specialist nurseries to attend so there will be a wide range of beautiful and unusual plants for sale. There will also be a  Kent Group Plant Stall, to which members bring plants to sell. HPS members grow a very wide range of plants so you can be sure to pick up something special – something unusual, not often seen for sale or that you haven’t seen before. Come and browse and go home with a gem for your own garden.

Nurseries expected to attend:

Copton Ash
Charity Corner
Swallowfields Nursery
Pineview Plants
Little Omenden Nursery
Beechbridge Plants
Invicta Herbs
Wheelgate Nursery
HPS Plant Stall


Garden Open

If you haven’t been to Knowle Hill Farm before, it is a real delight. This 2-acre garden has been created over 30 years on a south-facing slope of the North Downs with spectacular views over the Weald. Mediterranean and tender plants, roses, agapanthus, verbenas, salvias and grasses all flourish on the light soil and there are many unusual varieties, as well as lavender ribbons and topiary. To find out more go to the Knowle Hill Farm website.


Flower Show

As in recent years, this will again be a ‘Mini Show’ held in a small marquee. Restricted for space it may be but restricted in variety and interest it will not. We have classes for many of the plants that our members grow. Hardy perennials, of course, feature highly with classes for plants from ground-hugging to over a metre. But there will also be room for flowering bulbs, corms, rhizomes and tubers, and climbing plants. We have chosen Phlox as the genus to have a special class of its own so the perfume – such a feature of many gardens in summer – will permeate the marquee. With many members taking part, this display will showcase the wide variety of plants grown by Hardy Plant Society members. Do come a take a look, there’s sure to be something of interest and delight.



Tea, coffee and home-made cakes will be served throughout the day. This is a very important and popular feature of our events and puts the finishing touch to a lovely day out.

Knowle Hill Farm

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