Country Living Magazine Spring Fair

Country Living Magazine Spring Fair

Spring Garden

An explosion of colour with Lucy Summers Living

Spring Garden
 

Multi-award-winning garden designer Lucy Summers is returning to create the Spring Garden which will have a "Beside the Seaside" theme. The garden features gaily-painted beach-huts, a small boat and seaside objects, and a brand new hyacinth “Midnight Mystic.’ (kindly provided by Thompson and Morgan)

“Everybody enjoys a jaunt down to the sea: whether it’s spring, summer or winter, the coast is incredibly atmospheric and beautiful: bright, breezy walks along the coast inspired this year's creation" says Lucy. ‘As a garden journalist I get to hear about all the new plants coming our way and  ‘Midnight Mystic’ is an absolute knockout with deep velvet-black flowers and the most intoxicating scent. It has taken sixteen years to breed, so it’s a rare plant indeed and arguably one of the most gorgeous hyacinths out there.'

The garden is punctuated with bursts of spring colour and we’ll be introducing some of the latest plants, including gorgeous evergreen grasses, such as ‘Carex Everest’ and the very pretty spring-flowering currant ‘Ribes Amore.’ Clematis is totally adorable and brilliant for all gardens great and small, so we’ll be planting dwarf clematis with dainty cupped creamy-white flowers in spring. Naturally we’ll be displaying some fabulous shrubs that are prized for their gorgeous foliage, such as Leucanthoe, Nandina and Magnolia. Nothing says spring better than primroses, so they will be studded like glistening jewels throughout the garden.

To find out more about Lucy Summers Living please click here.

As well as being a stupendous sight, our Spring Garden will play host to a series of talks and demos on everything from bee keeping to growing your own lettuces. See timetable below for the programme of events.

Spring Garden Timetable

  Wed 16 March Thu 17 March Fri 18 March Sat 19 March Sun 20 March
11.00 - 11.30 Spring Gardening

Lucy Summers
Spring Gardening

Lucy Summers
Urban Hens - Keeping chickens in London

Sara Ward, 
Hen Corner
Spring Gardening

Lucy Summers
Spring Gardening

Lucy Summers
12.00 - 12.30 Garden Floristry

Georgie Newberry
Commn Farm Flowers
A Fruitful Garden in the City

Sara Ward
Hen Corner
Springtime Canapes

Richard O'Connell
Tom's Kitchen

Sea Birds

RSPB

 

Bees in the Garden, Honey in the Pot

Sara Ward
Hen Cormer
13.00  - 13.30 Urban Hens - Keeping chickens in London

Sara Ward,
Hen Corner
From the North Sea to Paradise


Fiona Sciolti
Sciolti Chocolates
From the North Sea to Paradise


Fiona Sciolti
Sciolti Chocolates
From the North Sea to Paradise


Fiona Sciolti
Sciolti Chocolates
From the North Sea to Paradise


Fiona Sciolti
Sciolti Chocolates
14.00 - 14.30 Garden Floristry

Georgie Newberry
Commn Farm Flowers
Bees in the Garden, Honey in the Pot

Sara Ward
Hen Cormer
Spring Gardening

Lucy Summers
Garden Birds

RSPB
Springtime Cocktails

TwistLondon
15.00 - 15.30 Springtime Cocktails

TwistLondon
Information coming soon The Best of Seasonal Produce

Richard O'Connell
Tom's Kitchen
A Fruitful Garden in the City

Sara Ward
Hen Corner
Fair closes at 3pm
16.00 - 16.30 Information coming soon Springtime Cocktails

TwistLondon
Springtime Cocktails

TwistLondon
Springtime Cocktails

TwistLondon
Fair closes at 3pm
 

About Lucy Summers Living

Lucy SummersThe Lucy Summers Garden Design practice was established in 2003, as a boutique landscape design business creating beautiful gardens great and small,  gardens that are original and inspirational and for which Lucy has won Gold and Silver medals at RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

Lucy is an experienced broadcaster and has presented a number of home-style and gardening programmes for ITV and BBC, as well as authoring six gardening books (Greenfingers Guides) and writing for a number of publications and various trade magazines.  Last month Lucy won the Garden Media Guild award for Trade Journalist of the Year.  The most recent string to Lucy’s bow is developing an expanding range of really effective garden care products and stylish home décor accessories.

www.lucysummersliving.com

Sara Ward

Sara WardHen Corner is a little bit of country life in London,. With an an overflowing kitchen garden, eleven fruit & nut trees, a growing flock of hens and three colonies of honey bees. They also have a shed storing chutneys, preserves and a cider press!

Bees in the garden, Honey in the Pot 
Sara Ward of Hen Corner first trained at River Cottage in Dorset and has been keeping bees in her London garden since 2011. She was delighted to receive an armful of awards at last year's National Honey Show and now runs regular courses encouraging others to explore this fascinating hobby. Who is in the hive? What do they do throughout the year? and How about the honey? are just some of the questions that Sara will be answering.

Urban Hens - Keeping Chickens in London
Sara Ward of Hen Corner, West London, started keeping chickens in 2006; her aim at the time was to prepare just one meal with all the ingredients gathered from the garden. Now with twenty free range hens she has more than enough eggs for family and friends as well. Sara will be looking at the rewards and responsibilities of urban hens and how to keep them safe and secure whilst living in the city.

A Fruitful Garden in the City
Sara Ward of Hen Corner, West London, started growing her own fruit and vegetables in 2001 as she started weaning her first child. Over the years she's discovered which are the easiest crops to grow along with the most valuable and most worthwhile. Sara will share her top tips for planing a urban kitchen garden and help you prioritise your planting for flavour.

Georgie Newberry

Georgie NewberryGeorgie Newbery, artisan flower farmer and florist, demonstrates how to make a gorgeous hand-tie bouquet with the kinds of flowers you might have growing in your garden. 

Author of The Flower Farmer’s Year, Georgie specialises in using only flowers grown in the UK (mostly by herself in her seven acre garden in Somerset) and is a speaker who will inspire you to look at your garden and the contents of your vases in a completely different way.  Her talk covers growing, cutting, conditioning and arranging flowers from your garden, while bringing in all sorts of information, ranging from the behemoth that is the world cut flower market, to how to make compost teas. There is also always plenty of time for questions at the end.

Richard O'Connell

Richard O'ConnellAs Executive Chef of Tom’s Kitchen, Richard O’Connell is a devotee of authentic, quality ingredients that combine perfectly to deliver simply delicious-tasting food. Richard insists on sourcing the finest produce from regional suppliers who are as passionate about product and quality, as he is about providing a wonderful dining experience every time.

Spring time Canapes
Richard will demonstrate how to make a selection of delicious, seasonal canapes perfect for entertaining this spring. Canapes to include: Beef Tartar, Asparagus Gremolata, Scallops with caper & raisin dressing

The best of seasonal produce
Richard will talk through the season’s best produce and show how to cook a delicious Asparagus & Wild Garlic Risotto.

From the North Sea to Paradise

Fiona ScioltiOver the last 10 years Award Winning Chocolatier, Fiona Sciolti has been quietly building up a successful artisan chocolate business, and has built a growing reputation for her work both here and in the Far East. Join Fiona to hear about how her core principles of natural and seasonal local botanics have helped carry her to dreamy tropical Island paradises.  If that isn’t enough, she’ll also be showing you how to create a chocolate that won’t compromise that bikini!

RSPB

RSPB

The RSPB is the country's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with their partners, they protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. They also play a leading role in a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.

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