It’s National Gardening Week – here’s how to get in on the action

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  • For all those green-fingered types among you, it's National Gardening Week! Here's our round-up of some must-visit events happening around the country…

    Spring is springing and that means it’s time to get back into the garden after a long winter. National Gardening Week runs from 11 to 17 April 2016 so why not celebrate the steadily rising temperature with some fantastic National Gardening Week events.

    1 First up is RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey, which will be offering a varied programme throughout the week beginning 11 April 2016. Each day, you’ll be able to meet a different gardener, ideal if you’re looking for insider knowledge to perfect your skills. Other activities include everything from Buggy Push and tree-climbing demonstrations to Tai Chi. Check out the full events list, as different things are happening each day. All activities are free. Normal admission costs apply: adults, £14.50; children, £7.25.

    2 RHS flower shows need little introduction… With gorgeous gardens that are sure to inspire and a packed schedule of talks, the Cardiff event takes place on 15 to 17 April 2016. If the weather is as glorious as we hope, it will be a fabulous place to spend the weekend. Advanced day tickets, from £8; on-the-day tickets, from £10.

    3 Every gardener wants to visit Highgrove. And what better time than from 11 to 16 April 2016, when you’ll find a vast array of plants on sale in the festival marquee? If you go a bit shopping crazy, don’t worry, there’s a plant ‘crèche’, so you can pick up your buys when all the fun is over. There’ll also be guest speakers, demos, a Q&A session with head gardener Debs Goodenough and her team, plus ticketed meals at the restaurant. Sounds like the perfect day out to us. Entrance tickets, £7.50. Additional costs apply for some talks and garden tours. See the website for details.

    4 For anyone based in the north east, Wynyard Hall is well worth a visit. A tour with the head gardener is sure to give you all the ideas you need, while rose lovers will have the chance to purchase new varieties at half price. After all that, take some time to enjoy a gardener’s afternoon tea in the café. From 11 to 17 April 2016. Entrance costs: adults, £5.50; children over five, £2.50; children under five, free.

    5 This is definitely a date for the diary: 15 April 2016 is National Open Gardens Day, which means you can visit for free! Wisley and Wynyard Hall (see above) are both taking part, as are three stunning RHS gardens: Hyde Hall in Essex, Rosemoor in North Devon and Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire.

    These are just some highlights in what is bound to be a wonderful week. For a full list of what is going on each day across the country, check out the National Gardening Week website.

    By Andreia Shelley

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