Great Comp Gardens Summer Show
Famed for its tranquil spaces, calm corners and quiet woodland pathways, Great Comp Gardens in Platt is set to make some noise for its annual 2 day Summer Show on 13th & 14th August from 10am – 5pm.
Jazz ensemble Strings And Things will entertain plant-hungry visitors who love nothing more than to listen to jazz on the lawn while enjoying a pimms and squeezing as many plants as they can in their trolleys!
With dahlias, salvias, perennials, bulbs and exotics, Great Comp Garden’s Summer Show this year will be chock full of plant divas vying for attention on the lawn at this hidden gem of a garden.
Strings And Things have played the Summer Show at Great Comp Garden for over 17 years. The five piece was formed over 20 years ago and features John Stewart from The Temperance Seven, multi instrumentalist Mr John Ellmer, Paul Sealy from The Chris Barber Band, Andy Maynard (one of Britain’s top banjo players), touring legend Bruce Roberts and Ian Rogers from Wateringbury.
Ian Rogers says: “We enjoy playing on the square at Great Comp in August – it always feels like the perfect combination of horticulture and music. It’s a wonderful garden event to play at and the audience really know and love their jazz.”
If the jazz is not enough to get the visitors shaken but not stirred then tropical plants courtesy of Graham Blunt’s Plantbase nursery in Wadhurst will do the trick. Vikki Rimmer, garden writer says: “some people in the horticultural world may believe there’s a whiff of Bond about Graham Blunt, and they’re not too far off the mark as his exotic plants were recently seen in the latest James Bond film ‘No Time To Die’.”
Graham grows exotic plants from around the world including woodland, jungle, desert, alpine, meadow, waterside and prairie. All of his plants are nurtured and grown on site, here in Kent, to be as tough as possible. Graham says: “with over 2,000 species we really do grow some fantastic and rare plants with at least 500 of them grown only by us, as evidenced in the 2020 RHS Plantfinder.”
Fresh from Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Graham Blunt will be joined by award winning nurseries including: Rose Cottage Plants, Rapkyns Nursery Southon Plants, Pineview Plants, Pelham Plants and Edulis Nursery.
Art, jewellery and hand crafts will also be in evidence at the show with Glass Art, Mousie Murray’s craft, Posh Stuff, Designs on Silk, Finesse, the cushion Boutique, Lakehouse Fabrics, ceramics by Fiona Osbaldstone and more.