Rare Plant Fair – Highnam Court – Cancelled

26th July 2020

Join us in the beautiful summer garden and browse the specialist nursery stalls for interesting and unusual plants. From 11am to 4pm, specialist growers and nurseries will be on hand to guide and advise. Explore the amazing rose garden and enjoy light refreshments in the orangery cafe.

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 20 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 brand new herbaceous border which has been designed and planted during 2018.

Proceeds from the Fair support the work of Cobalt

Highnam Court Highnam Gloucester GL2 8DP

£5.00 per adult includes the garden.

Children under 16 Free.


Well behaved dogs on a short lead are allowed in the Fair and Gardens.

Ample parking in field adjacent to entrance.

Blue badge parking in front of the house.

One way system in operation – please follow the directions of the parking staff on the day.

Mostly accessible to wheelchair users – some slopes and gravel paths/driveways.
Accessible toilets available.

Homemade refreshments available.