Ribblesdale resplendent for Garden Fete
Ribblesdale Garden put on a perfect show on Sunday for the sixth annual Oxford Garden Fete.
Hundreds of people descended on the glorious garden for the day, and not one was disappointed. Around 100 stalls dotted around the grounds kept attendees meandering through the many special spaces of the gardens, and shopping bags were filled with early Christmas shopping, garden necessities and the odd special treat.
Celebrity chef Richard Till was a hit with the crowds, according to organiser Wendy Doody.
‘‘He was just so laid back and gave good, sensible basic cooking information that anyone can try, with just a little bit of something special. Something slightly more classy than the old steak on the BBQ.’’
Doody said feedback from the more-than-100 stall holders was great, with many already booking for next year.
‘‘Anything that had to do with gardening did particularly well, as you’d expect, and they really appreciated the effort put in by the organisers. They loved that we came and checked on them a few times throughout the day.’’
The annual fete started with around 60 stalls and that number has naturally grown over the years, making for a wonderful adventure in the beautiful setting.
‘‘We never really planned to have stalls on the shingle section by the plant nursery, but it’s become a real hub,’’ Doody said.
‘‘We also make sure we have plenty of seating, particularly around the food court, and lots of shady spots with tables and the straw bales for people to rest at.’’
Doody said the ambience of the gardens provided a perfect backdrop to a great day out.
Rustic Charm Garden Art came all the way from Whangarei to display their wares
Ribblesdale Gardens provided plenty of shady spots to sit during the Oxford Garden Fete