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Hardy's Festival Garden

Festival of Flowers show garden at Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants.

  • 4.7

  • from 42 Google reviews

The festival garden
The festival garden

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About the garden

Hardy's walk-through Festival Garden, sponsored by Candide, would have been the largest ever display at RHS Chelsea at 160 sq. meters which is ¾ the size of a Main Avenue Show Garden. Rosy Hardy and her team created the Festival Garden at the nursery, to the same exacting RHS Judged standards they would have produced for Chelsea.

The Garden was created to provide a sense of well-being for all those who sit in it. The planting features many hundreds of the nursery's stunning collection of herbaceous perennials and shrubs. The plants were selected to attract pollinators of all kinds and the rills provide water for insects and birds, while providing reflections of the surrounding plants and trees.

All Hardy’s plants are grown in 100% peat-free media, using predominantly biological controls at their large 13-acre nursery.

The key focal point of the exhibit is a bespoke, architectural wooden entrance structure and large cured seating area. Hardy’s wanted to highlight British craftsmanship within the design and commissioned London based craftsman, Object Atelier, to design and build the features using stunning English Chestnut wood. The bow-like, sculptural construction came from an idea Rosy had of an upturned wreck of a Viking long ship which she had seen while diving in Norway. The dramatic, arching, wooden ribs provide a welcoming entrance, while offering differing vistas through into the garden to view Rosy's signature 'right-plant-right-place' style.

The garden features separate spaces of naturalistic plant communities that reflect various garden conditions, from damp shade through to hot, dry, sunny borders, highlighting that pollinating plants can found in the shade as well as sun.

For visitors who would like to see the beauty of the Hardy's Festival Garden in person, there is an opportunity to book a relaxed, socially distanced time slot to visit the nursery from the 18th of May into June. All proceeds will be donated to Hardy's local children's charity, Naomi House & Jacksplace.

After June, Hardy's will adapt the display to provide a permanent, wildflower, well-being garden, in which visitors to the nursery can sit and enjoy the space for many years to come.

Opening times

18 May - 6 June Every Day 9AM - 5PM

Useful details

Garden area

3 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs off leads under close supervision.

Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site


Yes - Children of all ages.

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).


Yes - There is a plant shop.

Hampshire, RG28 7FA

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Find the garden

Hardy's Festival Garden
RG28 7FA
Public Transport
Whitchurch Train Station is 2 miles from the Nursery.
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Google reviews

  • 4.7

  • from 42 Google reviews

Sandra Edwards

3 months ago


Old fashioned nursery where you can buy all sorts of different varieties of plants that you may not see at the Garden Centre. They are not cheap. Staff are knowledgeable and are willing to chat and offer advice.

Judith H

6 months ago


Superb personal service from Elaine in the mail order department who could not have been more helpful. I cannot recommend this nursery enough, outstanding, caring, knowledgeable staff who genuinely care about customer requirements and go out of their way to help. Exceptional quality product which was securely packaged and promptly delivered over 200 miles to my home. Thank you so much!!

Jamie Venning (Jamie Venning)

5 months ago


Great quality plants that are very well looked after. Fantastic service from friendly, knowledgeable staff. Would highly recommend to gardeners of old and new!

Emily Ure-Williams

8 months ago


Absolutely lovely and welcoming! My husband and I loved how everything was clearly labelled and we will definitely go back when we are in the area. Such a lovely place and had a lovely conversation with the man that worked there that answered a lot of our questions!

Sandie Lewis

10 months ago


Fabulous quality plants as always and beautifully packed. They arrived next day from dispatch. The hellebore Emma was a good size and covered in blooms .....very well received by my daughter of the same name! The lovely violets were blooming too and now planted look as though they have always been there. Thank you.

Contact the garden

01256 896533

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