Cream Teas aplenty at Charity Open Garden thanks to donations

Local medical charity, Cobalt, will be offering scrumptious cream teas to visitors to the Rare Plant Fair and Open Garden at Highnam Court.  This is all thanks to two generous companies:  Tewkesbury-based, Cotteswold Dairy, is supplying milk for the event; and Cornish business, Rodda’s, have donated clotted cream and Tiptree jam for the teas, which will be served in the Orangery at the country house and estate.

Highnam Court’s breath-taking gardens will be open for a Rare Plant Fair on Sunday 24 July from 11am – 4pm.  Admission is £6.00 per adult, with under 16s free (pay on the gate on arrival).  Rare and unusual plants will be on offer from specialist nurseries across the country, including three from Gloucestershire.  It’s a great opportunity to see this fine estate and, at the same time, support local medical charity, Cobalt.

Highnam Court is a Grade I listed country house in Gloucestershire.  The property was constructed in the 17th century during the Commonwealth period, after the original house was seriously damaged in the Civil War.  The Highnam Estate was bought in 1838 by Thomas Gambier Parry, who was an accomplished artist, musician and art collector.  He started to lay out the garden in 1840, and by 1874 it rivalled any in the UK.

For the past 25 years, owner, Roger Head OBE, has lovingly restored the grounds and the house to their former glory.  Many new additions have been made to the garden and house since Roger’s purchase, including an orangery in 2001, and a herbaceous border designed and planted in 2018.  In 2020 new parterres and roses lining the gravel pathway were introduced and pave a scented entrance for garden visitors.  Amongst the 40 acres can be found an orangery knot garden sporting variegated box hedging with a centrepiece statue of The Winged Messenger, Mercury, a wildflower meadow, the East garden – a formal flower garden replanted each season and under-planted with spring flowering bulbs, a large oval garden of over 2000 roses and 60,000 spring flowering bulbs.

Kirsty Bradbury, Fundraising Engagement Officer at Cobalt, said:  “We are delighted to have been given the chance to hold an open garden at Highnam Court.  Proceeds from the day will be supporting the purchase of a state-of-the-art PET/CT scanner at Cobalt which will help with the ever-increasing demand for scans for cancer and dementia patients.  The generosity of Cotteswold Dairy and Rodda’s is hugely appreciated and means our volunteers will be able to serve fabulous cream teas as well as light lunches in the beautiful Orangery. Visitors will have the chance to indulge their love of gardening, buy interesting and unusual plants and get advice from local growers.”

The Rare Plant Fair at Highnam Court is one of several fairs being held throughout the year.  All fairs are held at beautiful and prestigious gardens across the country, with a wide range of styles.

Local businesses and nurseries attending the Fair:

  • Beltane Forge
  • Chris Cooke
  • Cotswold Garden Flowers
  • D K Plants
  • Exotic Earth Plants
  • Gardener’s Delight Nursery
  • Green’s Leaves
  • Kitchen Garden Plant Centre
  • Lovegrove’s Nursery
  • Millwood Plants
  • Peter the Bee and Friends
  • Potterton’s Nursery
  • The Gobbett Nursery
  • Tortworth Plants Ltd
  • Triffids Nursery
  • Wild Thyme


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