Rare Plant Fair, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Sunday August 19th

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Date(s) - 19/08/2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Bishop's Palace


Building on the success of our popular Spring Fair at The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, we return to the Bishop’s Palace in Wells for our summer Fair.

Since development of the gardens started in 2005 the borders have been planted with season long interest in mind.

Many of the roses are repeat flowering and the cross section of planting means most of the borders are full of interest from May until the first frosts. In August the large Bishops Dahlia collection will be at its best and a riot of colour. The Hot Border will also be at its peak and full of yellows, reds and blues.

The South Lawn planting is inspired by a sketch from 1830 and features bold and luxuriant planting around the tower. The huge, newly planted Wells border has retained its late Victorian feel but has been updated for a more contemporary style with roses, Philadelphus and many choice late-flowering perennials.

In August the Garden of Reflection will also be at its best with bright annuals filling the stained glass window themed garden.

In total, there are 14 acres of gardens to explore. You are also welcome to look around the Bishop’s private Chapel, explore the ruined Great Hall and meet the famous mute swans who live alongside the moat and ring a bell when they want food.

Now in their 24th season, Rare Plant Fairs are held in beautiful and prestigious gardens, each with its own unique character, from those with histories stretching back centuries to more modern gardens created in recent years. A day out at one of our fairs a really enjoyable and inspiring experience for everyone, whether a novice or experienced gardener.

The nurseries that attend our Fairs are carefully selected to ensure that they are genuine growers who produce most or all of the plants that they sell themselves. We try offer the widest possible range of plants to our visitors, including perennials, shrubs and trees, alpines, bulbs and exotic plants, and all of our nursery owners are experts in the plants that they grow. They are all always happy to offer all the advice that you need to select and grow the right plants for your garden.

Admission is £6.00 per adult and includes the Fair, Palace and Gardens.

This is a substantial reduction on the normal admission fee!


Children under 16 and Member of the Bishop’s Palace free.

Please note that no other concessions are valid on the day of the Fair.

There is no car parking at the Bishop’s Palace itself. Visitors should use the public car parks in the City Centre. There will be a pick up point at the Palace Gate for visitors to drive and collect their purchases at the end of their visit. Disabled or elderly visitors may be dropped off and picked up at the Palace Gate.

Comprehensive information on site accessibility is available at the Bishop’s Palace website at https://bishopspalace.org.uk/info/accessibility/

Lunches and Refreshments available at The Bishop’s Table restaurant.

Well behaved dogs on short leads are allowed in the Gardens.

Full event details are available at www.rareplantfair.co.uk

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