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2021 Plant Fairs

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Sat 8 May Middleton Hall, Warks Buy Tickets

Sun 9 May Adlington Hall, Cheshire Buy Tickets

Sat 15 May Bodenham Arboretum, Worcs Buy Tickets

Sun 16 May Norton Priory, Cheshire Buy Tickets

Fri - Sat 21 - 22 May Dorothy Clive Garden, Staffs Buy Tickets

Sun 23 May 1620s House Donington Le Heath, Leics Buy Tickets

Sun 6 June Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire Buy Tickets

Sat - Sun 12 - 13 June Hodnet Hall, Shrops Tickets TBC

Sat 26 June Thoresby Park, Notts Free entry

Sun 27 June Middleton Hall, Warks Tickets coming soon

Sun 4 July Whittington Castle, Shrops Pay on Gate

Sun 18 July Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire Tickets coming soon

Sun 1 August 1620s House Donington Le Heath, Leics Tickets coming soon

Sun 8 August Southwell Minster, Notts Tickets tbc

Sun 15 August Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire Buy Tickets

Sat 21 August Middleton Hall, Warks Tickets coming soon

Sun - Mon 29 - 30 August Dorothy Clive Garden, Staffs Buy Tickets

Sat 4 September Bodenham Arboretum, Worcs Tickets TBC

Sun 5 September Ness Botanic Gardens, Wirral Ticket tbc

Sun 12 September Weston Park, Shrops Tickets coming soon

Past events

Sat 17 April Arley Hall & Gardens, Cheshire

Sun 18 April Sugnall Walled Garden, Staffs

Sun 25 April Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire

Sun - Mon 2 - 3 May Weston Park, Shrops

Norton Priory

Runcorn WA7 1SX

Sunday 16th May 2021

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Times: 9am - 4pm

£1.00 to enter the fair Buy Tickets

Free parking

Dogs on leads welcome in the fair (not in gardens - sorry)

The 2 acre Walled Garden was built between 1757 and 1770 for the Brooke family, the owners of Norton Priory. When the Brookes left Norton Priory, it became neglected and overgrown, until work began in 1980 by Runcorn Development Corporation to reclaim it.

The garden was featured on BBC TV's "Hidden Gardens" series with Chris Beardshaw.

The Walled Garden has been recreated as a typical Georgian Walled Garden. It was essentially a kitchen garden, and would have been the source of fruit, vegetables and flowers for the mansion house. Today there is an orchard, a fruit garden, a vegetable garden, various ornamental borders and the beautiful Rose Walk.

Norton Priory is home of the National Collection of Tree Quince (Cydonia Oblonga). These are dotted around the garden and the site and include 20 different varieties. The Walled Garden is also the location of a number of Norton Priory's "hidden gems", including the Ha Ha Wall, the Ice House and the Wildflower Meadow.

The plant fair is normally held just outside the walled garden, but this year we will confirm the siting prior to the event.

Nurseries and Artisans confirmed:

Bridge Farm Plants from Derbyshire: a wide range of hardy, herbaceous perennials: Unusual varieties as well as cottage garden favourites, a small election of shrubs and other plants.

ChickenStreet from Shropshire: perennial grasses, native species, and easy care herbaceous perennials

Hall Farm Nursery from Shropshire: garden plants, perennials, woodland plants, herbs and many other plants which are not widely available. RHS Gold medallists. RHS Partnership Nursery.

Mayfields Plants from Cheshire: bee and butterfly-friendly cottage garden perennials

Meadow View Plants from Lancashire: Wide range of perennials

North Staffs Hostas from Staffordshire: Hostas, Hemerocallis, Ferns, Hedera, Geums, Carex Grasses. National Collection of Hosta.

Orchard Furniture from Gloucestershire: High quality teak garden furniture

Penmere Plants from Cheshire: Hardy and Species fuchsia

Pottertons Nursery from Lincolnshire: Alpines, Dwarf Bulbs and Woodland Plants. RHS Gold medallists including Chelsea Gold

SpecialPerennials from Cheshire: Perennials all grown in our bee and butterfly friendly garden

The Gobbett Nursery from Worcestershire: Shrubs, perennials inc Iris, Cornus, Syringa RHS Medallists

Tissington Nursery from Derbyshire: Wide range of perennials. RHS medallists

Norton Priory is less than 30 minutes by car from Chester, Liverpool and Manchester. From M56, Junction 11, turn for Warrington and follow the Norton Priory signs. From all other directions follow the "All other Runcorn Traffic" and then the Norton Priory signs.

The Norton Priory Museum Trust. 
Norton Priory Museum & Gardens, 
Tudor Road, Manor Park, 
Runcorn, 
Cheshire 
WA7 1SX.

For SATNAV please use WA7 1BD

website: www.nortonpriory.org

Articles:

Norton Priory: The Quince-Essential Garden (from our 2016 newsletter)

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