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Fota house plant and garden fair in Merseyside

February 23rd &, 24th 2020.

The Fota house plant and garden fair will be held in Aigburth Hall, Merseyside on February 23rd and 24th 2020. This garden centre based fair has grown in popularity over the years and has now developed into a major community event. The sale of plants, seeds, accessories and garden tools take place at the weekend, and the proceeds support Fota's local partner groups. It's a free family event that also welcomes participants of all ages and abilities. Children get a great opportunity to learn more about gardening and to have fun learning about the fantastic range of flowers, shrubs and plants which are available at Fota.

Please see below for detailed information about the event:

1. Fota house plant and garden fair 2019

We had a very successful event on Saturday 24th August. Thanks to the many volunteers and helpers, it was a hugely enjoyable day. Thank you all for your enthusiasm and hard work.

So much of this great event will go back to Fota, and so we will not be having another House Plant &, Garden Fair this year. Please, if you still want to volunteer to help, please have a look at our Contact Page for more information. Thank you!

See below for details of what went so well in the way of 'top tips' and for a few more pics:

Top Tips from the event:

We had wonderful weather for the event. A friend of ours was watching the weather on the day, and reminded us to take into account the wind when planning the set-up. This helped a lot, and the day turned out beautifully for the more than 700 people who came to enjoy themselves. The very large vegetable plot was a real feature of the event.It was easy for participants to get to and we even had a ‘jump-the-gate’ manned by a friendly orange bear (on the fence).

With every event we attend, we learn something new and this was no exception. Here are a few of our own 'top tips' to hopefully save you time and money next time you are thinking of planning a garden fair.

What to wear:

Please take the time to put on a hat or jacket that can protect you from sunburn and to wrap up warmly in a pair of gloves.

What to take with you:

Please make sure you pack a backpack/trolley to take your shopping/water bottles. You will also need:

1. A map of the area and directions to get there.

2. An umbrella if you want to sit outside, or something else if it is raining/sunny

3. A torch

4. An empty carrier bag, or a spare one in case you go through yours!

We found a pair of socks, a jacket and trousers for each of the adults. We didn’t find any children needing any extra clothing.

Arriving and Parking:

We will always advise the number of cars needed at the event for car parking, but we do ask people to park carefully and mindfully. It is best to park on a main road (not a one way street!) so as to be able to get away safely.

Packing away:

Have you ever noticed that, the morning after the event, you find yourself with an extra bag of rubbish? Don’t be this person! Get your packing out and done quickly. We always get asked how to pack away a large number of trolleys and bags. Well, here's a simple method.

Bags go on the floor, close and line up in order of size.

Trolleys go on top of each other

Wash our hands thoroughly (or use a hand sanitiser that has been approved by the organisers).

Pick up a handful of the end of the bag nearest to you.

Pick up the first trolley and place that at the end of the line.

Repeat this until all the trolleys and bags are in the right place.

Be mindful of this 'visual packing' method at all times. Do not pack your stuff by eye. Make sure you've got everything!

**If you think you might forget something, write it down. **

If you've packed a bag and have not used it, remember to dispose of it in the bins on your way home.

Where do I go?

We have lots of partners, sponsors and other organisations to thank for the success of the event. We need to encourage more people to volunteer to help us organise, take on roles as ‘visitors’, ‘runners’, ‘caterers’, ‘lifts’ and so on. It’s great fun and a great way to meet people.

1. Fota house plant and garden fair 2019

We had a very successful event on Saturday 24th August. Thanks to the many volunteers and helpers, it was a hugely enjoyable day. Thank you all for your enthusiasm and hard work.

So much of this great event will go back to Fota, and so we will not be having another House Plant &, Garden Fair this year. Please, if you still want to volunteer to help, please have a look at our Contact Page for more information. Thank you!

See below for details of what went so well in the way of 'top tips' and for a few more pics:

Top Tips from the event:

We had wonderful weather for the event. A friend of ours was watching the weather on the day, and reminded us to take into account the wind when planning the set-up. This helped a lot, and the day turned out beautifully for the more than 700 people who came to enjoy themselves. The very large vegetable plot was a real feature of the event. It was easy for participants to get to and we even had a ‘jump-the-gate’ manned by a friendly orange bear (on the fence).

With every event we attend


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