Tempt­ing themes to gar­den by

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Two gar­den­ing events this week have cho­sen worldly, but very dif­fer­ent themes to en­ter­tain vis­i­tors. Har­ro­gate Au­tumn Flower Show’s theme ‘Post­cards from the Hedge’ re­calls fa­mous plant hun­ters, such as David Dou­glas, Ernest ‘Chi­nese’ Wil­son and Regi­nald Far­rer, who scoured the tem­per­ate world for hardy gar­den plants to dec­o­rate the gar­dens of the west­ern world. Lo­cal York­shire­man and alpine plant ex­pert Regi­nald Far­rer trav­elled from his home in, North York­shire to Asia. Renowned for his ec­cen­tric be­hav­iour, he used a shot­gun to spread seed on rock cliffs to achieve a nat­u­ral ef­fect. Ex­hibitors at the Great York­shire Show­ground will have travel-themed dis­plays and there will be spe­cial talks on plant hun­ters by ex­perts. The an­nual gi­ant vegetable com­pe­ti­tion will also be a star at­trac­tion. Har­ro­gate Au­tumn Flower Show is be­ing held from Fri­day to Sun­day, Septem­ber 15-17, 9.30am-5.30pm, (Sun­day, 4.30pm). ● Visit www. flow­er­show.org.uk; tel: 01423 546157. Get your pon­cho at the ready as Lulling­stone Cas­tle, near Dart­ford, Kent, is launch­ing its first Mex­i­can Cel­e­bra­tion Week­end on Satur­day and Sun­day, Septem­ber 16-17, from 11am-5pm. Owner and mod­ern-day plant hunter Tom Hart-Dyke will lead two Mex­i­can plant tours of The World Gar­den, in­clud­ing Mex­ico and the ‘Hot & Spiky’ Cacti House. Mex­i­can mu­si­cians and eth­nic food will add to the car­ni­val at­mos­phere. ● Visit www.lulling­stonecas­tle.co.uk; tel: 01322 862114.

York­shire col­lec­tor Regi­nald Far­rer found many new plants

Gi­ant echinocac­tus at Lulling­stone Cas­tle

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