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Highnam Court Rare Plant Fair and Open Garden in aid of local medical charity Cobalt
23rd July 2023 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday 23rd July Highnam Rare Plant Fair and Open Garden.
11 am to 4 pm
Highnam Court, Highnam Gloucester GL2 8DP
Proceeds from the Fair support the work of Cobalt Health.
Well behaved dogs on a short lead are allowed in the Fair and Gardens.
Refreshments and light lunches available in aid of Cobalt.
Parking on site.
Buy your tickets on arrival at the gate – no need to pre-book!
£6 per adult includes the garden, children under 16 free. Highnam Court was built in 1658 after the original house was seriously damaged in the Civil War. It is one of the few houses built during the Commonwealth period. The design of the houses is linked to Ernest Carter who was a pupil of Inigo Jones.
The Highnam Estate was bought in 1838 by Thomas Gambier Parry, who was an accomplished artist, musician and art collector. This talented painter is also responsible for the magnificent frescoes in Highnam Church. He started to lay out his garden in 1840, and by 1874 it rivalled any in the UK. Unfortunately, since the turn of the last century almost nothing had been done in the gardens. Consequently, when the process of restoration started in 1994 the gardens were totally overgrown.
During the last 25 years, since Roger Head has been the owner, the gardens have been totally and lovingly restored to their former glory, with many new additions being made to compliment and enhance the original design, including a new herbaceous border which were designed and planted during 2018 and which is now maturing well. In 2020, new parterres and rose plantings were added to the garden.