Diary Dates 2018


March

The Viola and Pansy Festival

The Viola and Pansy Festival is from Saturday 16th  - Sunday 24th March

Viola and pansies are very important plants in our gardens. During the long frosty months of winter and early spring, they are among the hardiest, longest flowering and most colourful plants we have. Violas are also uniquely able to fill that colour gap between our spring flowering plants and the summer bedding plants.

Meadow Croft has held Viola and Pansy Festivals every March since 2004.

It is the public face of the largest independent variety trial of these plants held in Great Britain, with seed of new varieties supplied by plant breeders from around the world.

Each year new and experimental varieties are displayed for the first time. All the plants for the festival are grown by W.D. Smith & Son, owners of Meadow Croft Garden Centre in their own glasshouses nearby, and then moved to the Garden Centre for the Festival.

The past fifteen years have seen surprising changes in the cultivars on display, not just new colours or larger flowers, but very significant developments in the shape and habit of some new varieties. We now have plants that really do trail and spread, making them much more suitable for containers and hanging baskets.

 

Each year visitors to the festival play an important part, by voting for their favourite varieties from amongst those displayed. The votes are counted and the ‘Top Ten’ Festival Favourites published in the gardening and trade press.  

 

 


September

The Orchid Festival

Visit the members of the Essex Orchid Society as they show their own collections and displays and offer clinics on Orchid health and repotting.  We will also have a great display or Orchids for sale. Check back here for more information later on this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

November and December

The German Market Daytime Opening - 7th November - 22nd December

The market is open every day during our opening hours of Monday - Saturday 9:00am - 5:30pm and Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm (food is served in the market from 10:00am - 4:00pm every day)

The German Market is open daily throughout November and December.   With the success of the German Market in 2018, 2019 promises to be even bigger and better and you can find out more about it here.

Late Opening:

Thursday 7th November, 6pm - 9pm

Entry is free but car parking tickets must be booked in advance. Tickets will be released on 20th September on our website.

Come and join us for an evening of festive shopping.  Enjoy over 20 stalls festooned with authentic German products whilst savouring a German beer, Gluhwein or Bratwurst from our German food stall.

Thursday 21st November, 6pm-9pm

Entry is free but car parking tickets must be booked in advance. Tickets will be released on 20th September on our website.

Come and join us for an evening of festive shopping.  Enjoy over 20 stalls festooned with authentic German products whilst savouring a German beer, Gluhwein or Bratwurst from our German food stall.