Date: 5 March 2017
Address: Springwood Hall, Kelso, Scottish Borders
Tel: 01573 224188
Border Organic Gardeners 22nd Potato Day and Green Fair is one of the biggest potato days in the country and very possibly the oldest one still running every year. Even better, we may be one of the cheapest too!
2017 Potato Day is on 5th March 2017.
We open the doors at Springwood Park, Kelso at 11am and start wrapping up at 3pm.
What IS Potato Day?
First a bit of history. A little over 20 or so years ago, as part of the HDRA’s (now Garden Organic) commitment to biodiversity, the first Potato Day was held at their base, Ryton Gardens near Coventry. This was the brainchild of Jackie Gear MBE, formerly joint director, with husband Alan of HDRA to provide an opportunity for people to choose from as many varieties as possible when buying their seed potatoes, and be able to buy them in small quantities if they wanted to squeeze several varieties into a small space – seed potatoes being traditionally sold in bags of 30 or more tubers.
Several local organic gardening groups including us here at BOG (and latterly allotments, other gardening groups and garden centres) around the country picked up on the idea, with Borders Organic Gardeners being one of the first. BOG’s potato day remains one of the largest and busiest in the country.