2017 Growing today for all our tomorrows

What a glorious Hellens Garden Festival we had this year! The weather held and the gardens bloomed in brilliant colours. We had a record amount of plant stalls with an array of many plants, shrubs and trees, to please all our gardening visitors, and with many other exhibitors, producers, talks and walks, key note speakers, demonstrators and all day music, there was something to engage everyone as they spent the day at the Festival.


The success of this event is reflected in the donations to our chosen beneficiaries.


I am delighted to share with you that the Festival has raised £10,575 for St Michael’s Hospice and £3,525 for Back to the Wild project.


Thank you to all those who sponsored, supported, volunteered, visited, spoke and made music, and made it the successful festival in a garden that it is.


We spent the last 3 months collecting bottle tops, milk top lids, bags of pine cones and log slices, shells, donations of stones from a local stone company, ……, and with Kate Raggett, a leading landwork artist, who laid the outline pattern and centre piece, the festival visitors created the most beautiful mandala, on the East lawn. What an outstanding achievement for all of us. Thank you to everyone who helped make this stunning piece of work.
A visitor to the Festival, Steve Harris, captures the Festival perfectly in the following poem; thank you Steve!

The artist’s ‘Mandala’ stands out on the grass
Inviting the efforts of all who may pass
Like children with crayon and colouring page
It’s fun and absorbing whatever the age
Engrossed in a moment of simple escape
Creative, relaxing, the collage takes shape
Those colours and textures, a joint work of art
Created together by all who take part

Adrift with our thoughts and the hum of the bees
We walk through a meadow surrounded by trees
So quiet and peaceful yet never alone
As we head on the path to a circle of stone
We pause at each sculpture, our minds taking stock
Then read the philosophy carved in the rock
Away from the rat-race, at least for a while
The children run free and the adults just smile

Through sensory gardens, through hedges and walls
The path opens up to an orchard of stalls
With local grown produce and coffee at hand
The time slips away as we take in a band
Lunch time soon passes, we have to move on
The morning is over, where has it all gone
We head off for home with the plants that we chose
The fragrance of roses, still fresh on the nose…

Thanks to James Powell for aerial photos


Physic Garden
Come and discover the delightful Physic Garden and rare dovecote at Hellens during the garden festival. With many different and varied plants to behold and wonder at, you can linger thoughtfully,  and appreciate the charm of the design and breadth of plants of this medicinal haven. So much to see and learn in this precious and special part of the gardens. And, you can join one of the walks and talks by Rowan McOnagel and Kat Clark to discover the mysteries and secrets of the hedgerows and Physic Garden. To see full listings, look here: hellensgardenfestival.co.uk/whats-on/walks-talks/


This year we are excited to announce that our Festival visitors will have the opportunity to be part of a community land artwork project, the creation of a Mandala. Kate Raggett, a leading land artist is very kindly designing and drawing the outline of this special piece of work, laid out within the gardens of Hellens. Visitors will be invited to complete the drawn mandala over the 2 days by using natural, recycled, reused and repurposed items [such as bottle tops] provided on site and visitors will be encouraged to carefully and thoughtfully, fill in the laid out Mandala pattern, from these pre-gathered items. This will be an amazing addition to the Festival and we are delighted that everyone who comes to the Festival will have a chance to be part of its beautiful creation. We will publish a photo of the finished Mandala on the Hellens festival website shortly after the event.  All the materials used in the mandala will then be recycled and re-used. To see some of Kate’s wonderful land work, please visit: www.kateraggett.com

Sculpture Trail
With spring breaking through the drab, winter gloom, we are looking forward to celebrating Hellens Garden Festival in our beautiful summer gardens. This year, we are creating a wonderous Sculpture Trail, showcasing outstanding local artisan sculptors and craftspeople, including Ed Elliot, Andrew Findley, Simon Meiklejohn and Clyde Jefferson. This dreamy trail will wend a magical pathway through the ancient flower filled meadow, and up to the hand carved standing stones. Amble through Nature’s glories, finding evocative sculptures throughout the trail, and contemplate the wonder of the circle of hand inscribed standing stones; a journey of discovery and beauty.

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  • Festival Experience

    Weekend of innovation

    Now in our 11th year, Hellens Garden Festival is celebrating Growing Today for all our Tomorrows. A veritable delight for our visitors for all the senses.

  • Feel for our planet

    Inspired sustainable life

    We offer inspirational ideas, services and plants for growing our gardens, sustaining ourselves and the earth, whatever the space you have.

  • For our beneficiaries

    Fundraising for charities

    We are proud to support St Michael’s Hospice in Hereford and the special project Back to the Wild for young people.



Adult £6.50
Child £2.50 (under 16)
Family £15 (2 adults and 2 children)

You can buy a ticket for BOTH festival days:

Adult £10
Child £4 (under 16)
Family £22.50 (2 adults and 2 children)

Address: Hellens, Much Marcle, Ledbury. Herefordshire HR8 2LY

Group discounts are available if booked in advance:

Entrance to the festival£5.50 per adult for a group booking of 10 people or more. We have limited parking for coaches therefore the coach will also need to be booked-in so that we can arrange the appropriate parking.

We welcome well-behaved dogs who have their owners firmly on leads and whom clean up after them.

See Hellens tour prices (please note, the Garden Festival entrance ticket does not cover tours of the Manor).

Sponsors and Supporters

Fantastic people and companies supporting our vision

Our sponsors and supporters honour the vision of Hellens Garden Festival. Their generosity in giving their time, expertise, equipment or money is absolutely essential to our ability to stage the Festival each year, and to provide funding to benefit our nominated causes.

Find out more
News from Hellens Manor.

On Friday 14th October, we were visited by the BBC Countryfile team who filmed our traditional Perry Making. We had an amazing day with Matt Baker and Anita Rani. The result was that Hellens were a part of a lovely broadcast on the 30th October showing Herefordshire at its very best (and of course the Perry!)

  • Adam Munthe presents a donation to St Michael's Hospice

    Adam Munthe presents a donation to St Michael’s Hospice

  • Cheque presentation to Back to the Wild

    Cheque presentation to Back to the Wild

  • BBC Countryfile feature

About Hellens:

Hellens Garden Festival is hosted in the evocative gardens and grounds of Hellens Manor. The Festival settles gently within the landscape of verdant lawns and tailored hedges. It winds around knot areas, a glorious wild meadow, a physic garden, a SSSI woodland, and so much more. A delight to the eye and nourishment for one’s spirit.

This beautiful historic house in Much Marcle, Herefordshire, is a living monument to much of England’s history. It remains a living home, and not a museum, although it contains a wealth of period furnishings, artifacts, paintings and decorations. Hellens is open for Public Tours from Easter Day until the 3rd October on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons with tours at 1, 2 and 3 o’clock. We are also open at the same times on bank holiday Mondays.

During The Garden Festival, Hellens will be taking tours around the Manor as usual. Tour prices are:
£9 adult
£7.50 concessions & students
£5 students and children
£20 family ticket (2 adults and 3 children).

Hellens is owned by The Pennington Mellor Munthe Trust (charity no. 283266). For more information go to hellensmanor.com

Further Information about Hellens


The family Trust which presently run Hellens (and her sister property Southside House), serves both the community and the general public, particularly in three areas: with music, (Hellensmusic, and events), in literacy and language (programmes associated with our patronage of the Ledbury Poetry Festival) and with the environment (our Back2Wild project and the Hellens Garden Festival). We work to provide projects and activities for schools and students of all ages, through the two properties, not forgetting adults and pensioners! As well as the Chairman of the Trust and his family at Hellens, there are five other resident families who undertake the day-to-day running of the Charity here.

For more information about what is going on in Herefordshire, where to eat, where to stay while you are visiting us at Hellens and the Hellens Garden Festival please visit East Sleep Live Herefordshire here: www.eatsleepliveherefordshire.co.uk