Autumn Country Market

Autumn Country Market 2015

Ten Years Celebrating The Best Of Our Region Sunday 6th September 2015 11am – 4pm

It’ll soon be time to pitch the marquees ready for our annual Autumn Country Market in September. This will be our 10th year hosting over 45 stalls of antiques, art, artisan foods and animals in the gardens and to celebrate we have put together a bit of run down of what to see. Don’t forget to keep up with all things Autumn Country Market on our Facebook page!

Delicious artisan foods

This year there will be a whole host of yummy cakes and treats, tasty preserves and jams and award-winning fresh produce from local farms and small holders.

Autumn Country Market

Images from left to right show: Lavinton Lamb, Yumi Cupcakes, Chilibobs, M H Preserves and Ann-Marie’s Cupcakes will all sell their delicious wears.

Arts, Crafts and Collectables

We are very lucky to have so many talented local crafts people in attendance this year. With beautiful jewellery, bespoke pottery, unusual gifts and crafts, unique bags, hats and scarfs and even a collection of vintage Teddy Bears looking for new homes on offer. You’re sure to find something special to take home with you.

Arts and Crafts

Above images from left to right show: Stack’s Jig Sak, Peak and Brim Hats, Obsidian Butterfly and Calla Crafts, Thread and Ink, Teddy Bears Home, Garyeanna Alpacas, and 1 off Handbags to name a few.

Home and garden

If you’re looking for something new and exciting for your home or garden, or even a completely unique present, there’ll be something for you! There will be plants, pots and seeds for sale in the courtyard, stalls of walking sticks and shepherds crooks from IKR Stickman, plant supports and willow garden sculptures, handmade rustic furniture, holistic candles and plenty of gorgeous home wares.

Home and Garden

Images from left to right: White House Willow, Serena Bradbeer Collectables, Horseshoes by Design, Steven Bowler Rustic Furniture, Gardezloo and Cooks Lane Herbs.

And if all of those wonderful shopping opportunities weren’t enough, there will be live owls and birds of prey from Raptor Rescue for you to meet. Talented young blacksmith Alec Steele will be showcasing his work and celebrated Harpist Eleanor Turner will be playing beautiful music near the tearoom.

PLACES TO EAT AND STAY

The Tearoom will be serving light lunches and cream teas all day, but if you fancied something a little more filling, The Cholmeley Arms in the next village is lovely local pub. It is also part of the Easton Estate and is famous for it’s friendly atmosphere and well stocked farm shop. If you are planning on visiting us from further afield Barnsdale Lodge Hotel are doing a special discounted rate of £70 per night (including breakfast) for any of our visitors. Simply mention you are visiting the Autumn Country Market at the time of booking.

Something new in the gardens

How our friends of Easton Walled Gardens members help enhance the visitor experience.

Our new sculpture is unveiled!

Every year our lovely Friends of Easton Walled Gardens sign up for a season ticket and other benefits. Although the funds raised from these memberships are a part of the garden’s income, we like to ring-fence some of this money to spend directly enhancing the visitor’s experience. So far the Friends have helped buy the green oak for the vegetable garden, repair the old greenhouses and buy local trees for the orchard.

The White Space Garden

We thought you might like to know that this year we have allocated funds raised by our Friends to help pay for our new sculpture in the White Space Garden. The aim of the White Space Garden was to create a modern garden that would fit within the structure of a garden 400 years in the making. Inspired by the work of Charles Jencks, this garden is ostensibly a traditional white garden but within its structure there are subtle allusions to the nature of the universe and our place within it. It creates a link between the formal planting on the site of the Old Hall and the informality of the Woodland Walk and Meadow beyond.

The White Space Sphere

We thought it would be the perfect place to house one of Joe Smith’s tilting spheres. Joe and his daughter, Jenny, have spent the last few days in the gardens constructing the sculpture in situ. Built, rather than carved, all these curvaceous slate sculptures incorporate traditional dry-stone skills, more usually applied in the creation of stock boundaries and ornamental and structural garden walling. The finished sphere is a classical, harmonious structure representing a planet spinning on its axis through the cosmos and we are proud to share this new creation with all our visitors this season. Planting up the border around it will be our next project but come and see what you think of the work so far!

Spanish Tapas with Linda Hewett

Spanish Tapas Evening with Linda Hewett!

Friday 18th September 2.00pm – 7.00pm

Linda Hewett

Fresh from the success of Linda’s delicious Italian Supper Evening in June, we are very excited to announce a relaxing evening of tapas and sangria in the gardens this September.

Come and join us for an informal afternoon in the kitchen cooking a delicious range of Spanish Tapas dishes under the expert eye of chef and baker Linda Hewett. She will take you through a fantastic menu of tasty tapas dishes to be eaten and shared together in the garden. You’ll also make a delicious loaf of bread to take home with you.

Using fresh and local ingredients, you will learn to cook a range of dishes including Patatas Bravas, Gambas Ajillo (king prawns in garlic oil and parsley), Los Pollos (Chicken Wings with Cumin, Lemon and Garlic), Albondigas (Spanish Meatballs) and Aioli (Garlic Mayonaise) to name a few. You will then share all this delicious food over a glass of wine or sangria at a candlelit table decorated with flowers picked from the garden.

This will be a relaxed and friendly way to prepare food together and enjoy making new recipes. All the recipes are simple and easy to adapt, making them ideal for entertaining friends and family at home too! Linda Hewett is an expert bread maker, chef and inspirational demonstrator with many years experience. Linda has worked in an award winning bakery and supported celebrity chefs. She regularly presents at food shows, local radio stations and writes articles for magazines. Years of travel and kitchen experiences provide rich pickings for humour, passion and how to troubleshoot home baking.

The ‘Essence of Summer’ Photographic Competition, the judges

The judges line-up!

The Essence of Summer Photography Competition in association with Savills

Essence of SummerWe can finally say that the British summer has arrived, the roses and sweet peas are out in force and we’ve even spotted the odd sun parasol out and about in the gardens! With all this sunshine shining down on us we are pleased to announce that entries for our Essence of Summer Photography Competition have been flooding in!

We’ve put together an excellent panel of Judges to decide which of your photos captures the essence of summer the best, and we thought you might like to know a little more about who we’ve appointed for that mighty task.

David Austin Snr.

David Austin is the creator of the English Roses that have achieved international recognition for their beauty, charm and fragrance. He has been breeding roses for nearly 70 years since the age of 20 and is still active at the nursery devoting most of his time to developing new roses. He owns one of the world’s leading rose nurseries and the breeding programme is one of the world’s largest. He was awarded the Victoria Medal of honour by the Royal Horticultural Society for his services to horticulture as well as an OBE in 2007.

Michael Marriott

After graduating in Agricultural Botany at Reading University in 1976 and working for a short time in research in plant pathology, Michael Marriott went to the Pacific region working on rubber, cocoa and oil palm estates. He started working with roses in 1984 on his return to the UK, joining David Austin Roses in 1985 firstly as nursery manager and then as technical director giving advice, drawing up rose garden plans, writing, lecturing and generally promoting the nursery and David Austin’s English Roses around the world. He has been a passionate gardener and plants person from an early age and with his partner Rosie has a half acre garden that is treated organically.

Jason Ingram

Jason Ingram is an award winning photographer based in Bristol in the UK. He studied photography at Salisbury College of Art and graduated in 1992. After several years assisting and a period working as a photographic hand printer he launched his freelance career .In 2008 he was awarded Landscape Photographer of the year for “Living the View” category. He has won Garden Photographer of the Year for 2013 and 2014. He now works with some of the UK’s top magazine titles and agencies photographing Gardens, Plants, Food and People.

James Alexander-Sinclair

James Alexander-Sinclair has a regular column in Gardeners World magazine and has also written for and contributed to Gardens Illustrated, RHS The Garden, Countryfile and House and Garden. He has been part of the BBC coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show since 2008 and was recently a judge for the new BBC2 series ‘The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge’. As well as being an elected member of the RHS Council, he is an accredited Gardens judge for the Royal Horticultural Society (judging at all the RHS Flower Shows) and is Chairman of the RHS Gardens Committee.

Rupert Uloth

Rupert Uloth served with the Life Guards in Cyprus and Germany and after leaving the Army he completed a post graduate course in periodical journalism at the London College of Printing. He joined Country Life Magazine in 1994 and was appointed assistant editor in 1998. In 2002, he became features and travel editor, and deputy editor in 2008. Richard Uloth is also the author of ‘Excellence In Action: Portrait of the Guards’ published in 2007.

Dawn Isaac

Dawn Isaac is an RHS Chelsea medal-winning garden designer and a member of the Society of Garden Designers with a speciality in designing family, school and pre-school gardens. She has published three books: ‘Garden Crafts for Children’, ‘101 Things For Kids to Do Outside’ and ‘101 Things For Kids To Do On A Rainy Day’ which is due out in October 2015. She also writes about garden design and children’s gardening for a range of publications including the Guardian and Telegraph. In addition she run design courses at Cambridge University Botanic Garden, as well as giving talks and running children’s gardening sessions at a range of events which have included BBC Gardeners’ World Live, the Ideal Home Show and Grow London.

Andrew Harle

Andrew Harle is the senior partner at Savills. He formerly held the position of managing partner and has overseen the firm’s rapid growth in turnover, staff and offices. He will be judging The Savills ‘Countryside at Work’ category – An image of rural life showing craftsmanship, work or skills.

The ‘Essence of Summer’ photographic competition, the launch!

The 2015 photographic competition is launched.

The Easton Walled Gardens ‘Essence of Summer’ Photography Competition is now open for entries!

Photo competiction logo

Many of you may know that photography is something of an obsession in the Cholmeley family. The gardens are the perfect place to take some legendary shots of flowers, landscapes and wildlife. So, it seemed logical to run a photography competition. Supported by Savills. Easton Walled Gardens ‘Essence of Summer’ photography competition is open to all: the perfect opportunity for you to show us your best images. The competition was launched at the Savills offices in Stamford last night with plenty of prosecco and cream teas! The winner will receive £500 and category winners will each receive a rose from David Austin Roses. Entries will be taken from May 1st until midnight on 30 September 2015.