Unusual plants to see at Newby Hall’s spring fair

Head gardener Mark Jackson , right, and Daniel Hornsey at the new plant nursery at Newby Hall near Ripon. (S)
Head gardener Mark Jackson , right, and Daniel Hornsey at the new plant nursery at Newby Hall near Ripon. (S)

Newby Hall is getting ready to welcome garden nurseries from across the North of England to its Spring Plant Fair.

The event, taking place on Sunday, May 10 at the venue Alan Titchmarsh has told The Telegraph this week is among his top 10 British gardens, will feature unusual and specialist plants.

Lucinda Compton, whose family own Newby Hall, is president of the North of England Horticultural Society and curates the gardens, considers the plant fair one of the highlights of Newby’s event calendar.

“The Spring Plant Fair, which has been running for over 20 years, is an event we all look forward to,” she said.

“The gardens at Newby are known for their wonderful selection of rare plants and shrubs, so we invite top quality nurseries with specialist and unusual plants to our plant fair.

“The visitors know and appreciate this, they know they will receive sound advice and buy superb plants here. Some of the committed gardeners who visit even queue early to get the more unusual plants.”

The day will be rounded off in quintessential English garden style with afternoon teas provided by Yorkshire Party Company.

Spring also sees the relaunch of Newby Hall’s plant nursery, which is now being run by Hornsey’s – the people behind the successful gift shop at Newby Hall.

Dan Hornsey has been working alongside Newby Hall head gardener Mark Jackson and his expert gardening team to create a unique shopping experience as customers will now be able to transport a little of Newby Hall home with them, as all of the plants available to buy will be plants and flowers they have seen and admired in the gardens during their visit.

Dan Hornsey said: “Many of the plants and flowers will be unique to Newby, and only available to buy here, so it’s a great opportunity for garden enthusiasts to buy something a little out of the ordinary.”

Open from 10am-4pm, admission to the Spring Plant Fair is adults £10, seniors £9, children £8, which includes entry to the gardens.