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Pho­to­graphic Ex­hi­bi­tion Bath-based pho­tog­ra­pher Rich Sta­ple­ton’s ex­hi­bi­tion Botany cel­e­brates the sculp­tural forms of plants. The work is avail­able to buy as prints from £250. Un­til 30 Septem­ber. The Sa­lon, Con­nolly, 4 Clif­ford Street, Lon­don W1S 2LG. Tel 020 7952 6708, con­nol­lyeng­land.com

Se­cret Struc­tures: In­side the story of Plants and Fungi In this long-run­ning ex­hi­bi­tion, you can marvel at the amaz­ing struc­tures of plants and fungi and learn why it is im­por­tant to pro­tect them. 10am-3.30pm, daily. Free with gar­den ad­mis­sion. Mil­len­nium Seed Bank Atrium, Wake­hurst Gar­den, Ard­ingly, Hay­wards Heath, Sus­sex RH17 6TN. Tel 01444 894066, kew.org/wake­hurst

Fruit for Smaller Gar­dens Learn how to train fruit trees into a va­ri­ety of forms suited to smaller gar­dens, plus the ba­sics of sum­mer prun­ing. 8 Au­gust, 11am-12.30pm. £25. RHS Gar­den Rose­moor, Great Tor­ring­ton, Devon EX38 8PH. Tel 020 3176 5830, rhs.org.uk

Great Comp Sum­mer Show Now in its 16th year, this an­nual event brings to­gether multi-award-win­ning nurs­eries, in­clud­ing Edulis Nurs­ery and Pineview Plants, plus lo­cal artists and crafts­men, for a week­end cel­e­brat­ing the joys of gar­den­ing. 11-12 Au­gust, 11am-5pm. £8. Great Comp Gar­den, Comp Lane, Platt, nr Sevenoaks, Kent TN15 8QS. Tel 01732 885094, great­comp­gar­den.co.uk

An Elixir of Let­ters talk and tour Join sculp­tor Rachel Gundry for a talk on her work that’s in­spired by the plants used for teas, ti­sanes, wines and other herbal brews. The talk is fol­lowed by a tour of the An Elixir of Let­ters ex­hi­bi­tion, show­cas­ing the work of some of the UK’s fore­most let­ter carvers. 15 Au­gust, 2.30pm. Free with gar­den en­try, but book­ing re­quired. Chelsea Physic Gar­den, 66 Royal Hos­pi­tal Road, Lon­don SW3 4HS. Tel 020 7352 5646, chelsea­physic­gar­den.co.uk

Lowther Gar­den Tours Head gar­dener Martin Ogle leads a tour of late-sum­mer plant­ing at Lowther Cas­tle Gar­dens. 16 Au­gust, 1.30pm. £12. Lowther Cas­tle, Pen­rith, Cum­bria CA10 2HH. Tel 01931 712192, lowther­cas­tle.org

Walk­ing in the Foot­steps of ‘Ca­pa­bil­ity’ Brown A guided walk across the park­land at Scamp­ston Hall, York­shire, which re­veals the vis­tas cre­ated by the great land­scape ar­chi­tect in 1773. 16 Au­gust, 1-2pm. £2 sug­gested do­na­tion. Meet at plant sales area 12.55pm, Scamp­ston Hall, Mal­ton, North York­shire YO17 8NG. Tel 01944 759111, scamp­ston.co.uk.

Sum­mer Veg­etable Week­end Barns­dale opens up its pro­duc­tive gar­dens, nor­mally off lim­its to vis­i­tors, with ad­vice from its ex­pert grower on how to grow your own. Sea­sonal cook­ing demon­stra­tions take place on Sun­day. 18-19 Au­gust, 11am-4pm. Free with gar­den ad­mis­sion. Barns­dale Gar­dens, The Av­enue, Ex­ton, Oakham, Rut­land LE15 8AH. Tel 01572 813200, barns­dale­gar­dens.co.uk

Sur­rey Sculp­ture So­ci­ety Trail The Sur­rey Sculp­ture So­ci­ety’s trail opens at RHS Wis­ley on 25 Au­gust. Con­tem­po­rary and tra­di­tional pieces are in­stalled through­out the gar­den and are avail­able to buy. Un­til 23 Septem­ber, 10am-6pm. Nor­mal gar­den ad­mis­sion ap­plies. RHS Wis­ley, Wis­ley Lane, Wok­ing, Sur­rey GU23 6QB. Tel 01483 224234, rhs.org.uk

Out­door Kitchen De­sign A one-day prac­ti­cal course on out­door kitchen de­sign by The Lapa Com­pany at their out­door kitchen at Bor­ough Green, Kent TN15 8QU. 30 Au­gust. Tick­ets are £48, in­clud­ing lunch. Tel 01732 884030, the­la­pa­com­pany.co.uk

Bee and Pol­li­na­tion Fes­ti­val Join ex­perts and bee-keep­ing en­thu­si­asts for a week­end of talks, demon­stra­tions and live hives. Pol­li­na­tor-friendly plants will be on sale. 1-2 Septem­ber, 10am-5pm. Uni­ver­sity of Bris­tol Botanic Gar­den, The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop, Bris­tol BS9 1JG. Tel 0117 928 9000, bris­tol.ac.uk/botan­ic­gar­den

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