Derry Watkins

Saturday, 21 July 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Wide Range of Plants for Sale by Derry Watkins 

Derry grows plants from all over the world and spends as much time as possible out in the wild looking for new ones.  Her first love was for tender perennials, plants for pots and greenhouses.  This led to several trips to South Africa collecting new species. Trips to Bulgaria Turkey and Kyrgistan have led to many hardy introductions. She is wildly enthusiastic about all her plants.  She writes and teaches both here and abroad, as well as still running her nursery near Bath.  Derry founded Special Plants Nursery thirty years ago. 

Talk at 2.30pm by Derry Watkins

"Late Summer Colour”

Too many gardens peak in May and June.  Some of the longest blooming and most beautiful plants don’t get going till July or August, but they often get forgotten in the May-June gardening mania.  Derry will talk about her favourite varieties for adding excitement in late summer and autumn, plus tips for prolonging the flowering of earlier varieties. 

Tickets for Derry’s talk £12.50 each. To purchase a ticket for Derry's talk click here.

Throughout the day there will also be…

-  WINDRUSH WILLOW selling their fantastic baskets, fruit platters, plant supports, log baskets and more! They will also be demonstrating willow weaving.

-  Special offers on flowerpots

-  The Straw Kitchen

-  Splendid shopping in The Octagon

-  Gorgeous plantings in our Courtyard Garden 

Sunday, 22 July 2018 - 9:30am to 1:30pm

Workshops are run in small groups with a limited number of attendees. You will learn throwing and hand-building techniques from one of our highly-skilled potters. We will then supervise the drying and firing of your items, which will take approximately six weeks.

Each workshop runs from 9:30 until 13:30 with a break for tea or coffee and homemade cake from The Straw Kitchen.

Cost includes tuition, materials, firing and refreshments.

£75 per person


Please be aware that we do not send out a physical ticket, instead your name will be added to our list. If you would like a physical ticket to give as a gift, they are available on demand.

Additionally we can provide a gift vouchers for workshops to allow the recipient to choose a date that suits them - please call us on 01608 684416 if you would like a workshop gift voucher. 

Friday, 14 September 2018 - 9:00am to Sunday, 23 September 2018 - 4:00pm

For an exceptional spring garden, choose from over 100 different varieties of top quality bulbs all direct from our favourite Dutch supplier.

All the old favourites plus lots of different and unusual varieties.

  • Chionodoxa 
  • Muscari
  • Tulips
  • Camassia
  • Narcissi
  • Crocus
  • Anemone
  • ​Fritillaria
  • Scilla
  • Allium
  • Hyacinth
  • Iris

Plus, special offers on perfect pots for bulbs and more...