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Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Dig In News - COM­PILED BY ALYS HURN AND AN­NIE GATTI

1 Snow­drop Fes­ti­val Catch the last of the snow­drop sea­son at Hod­sock Pri­ory’s snow­drop fes­ti­val. There are daily talks at 2pm on the his­tory of the gar­den and its im­pres­sive col­lec­tion of snow­drops. Un­til 4 March, 10am-4pm. £5. Hod­sock Pri­ory, Blyth, Not­ting­hamshire S81 0TY. Tel 01909 591204, hod­sock­pri­ory.com

2 A Cel­e­bra­tion of Michael Wick­enden Michael Wick­enden, the well-known plant hunter who died in 2016, is cel­e­brated with an ex­hi­bi­tion of his pho­tographs fea­tur­ing plants, peo­ple and land­scapes. 1 March – 30 April, 10am-12pm. £6.50. Lo­gan Botanic Gar­den, Port Lo­gan, Stran­raer, Dum­fries & Gal­loway DG9 9ND. Tel 0776 860231, rbge.org.uk

3 Early Spring Prun­ing Mas­ter the ba­sic prin­ci­ples of prun­ing on this prac­ti­cal half-day work­shop at RHS Gar­den Hyde Hall. 12 March, 11am-1pm. £29. RHS Gar­den Hyde Hall, Creep­hedge Lane, Ret­ten­don, Chelms­ford, Es­sex CM3 8RA. Tel 01245 400256, rhs.org.uk

4 Gar­den Day with Head Gar­den­ers Tom Cow­ard and Mat Reese Join head gar­den­ers Tom Cow­ard, of Gravetye Manor, and Mat Reese, of Malver­leys, for two fas­ci­nat­ing talks. Tom will ex­plain how he has re­stored Gravetye’s Vic­to­rian kitchen gar­den, while Mat will re­veal the se­crets of cre­at­ing and main­tain­ing an English flower gar­den. 13 March, 10.30am-2.30pm. £70. Gravetye Manor, Kingscote Vine­yard, Vow­els Lane, East Grin­stead RH19 4LG. Tel 01342 810567, gravetye­manor.co.uk

5 Re­veal­ing Rep­ton Dis­cover more about the great English land­scape de­signer Humphry Rep­ton in a lec­ture from Rep­ton ex­pert Stephen Daniels. The talk is part of the Gar­dens Trust bi­cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions of Rep­ton’s life. 15 March, 6.30pm-8pm. Mu­seum of Bath Ar­chi­tec­ture, The Count­ess of Hunt­ing­don’s Chapel, The Paragon, Bath BA1 5NA. Tel 01225 333895, the­gar­den­strust.org

6 Ash­wood Open Day Don’t miss the op­por­tu­nity to ad­mire John Massey’s gar­den at Ash­wood Nurs­eries, when it opens for char­ity this month. John’s three-acre pri­vate gar­den along­side his renowned nurs­ery is full of spring plant­ing in­spi­ra­tion. 17 March, 10am-4pm. £5. Ash­wood Nurs­eries, Ash­wood Lower Lane, Kingswin­ford, West Mid­lands DY6 0AE. Tel 01384 401996, ash­wood­nurs­eries.com

7 The Art and Craft of Gar­den De­sign Learn the fun­da­men­tals of gar­den de­sign in this nine-month course led by An­nie Guil­foyle. Held on one day a month in the in­spir­ing set­ting of Great Dix­ter in East Sus­sex, the course in­cludes sem­i­nars, demon­stra­tions and prac­ti­cal de­sign ses­sions, in­clud­ing some gar­den based. From 20 March. £1,200. Great Dix­ter, Nor­thiam, Rye, East Sus­sex TN31 6PH. Tel 01797 254048, great­dix­ter.co.uk

8 Mag­no­lia Talk and Tour Ex­plore Borde Hill Gar­den’s new mag­no­lia grove in the com­pany of mag­no­lia ex­pert Jim Gar­diner. Jim, who chose the 48 spec­i­men mag­no­lia trees for the area named Gar­diner Grove in his hon­our, will also ad­vise on the best mag­no­lias to grow and of­fer tips on plant­ing and care. The new grove has been planted with hy­brids of Mag­no­lia acumi­nata and Mag­no­lia spren­geri mixed with birch to cel­e­brate the gar­den’s 125th an­niver­sary. 22 March, 10am-1.30pm. £26. Borde Hill Gar­den, Borde Hill Lane, Hay­wards Heath, West Sus­sex RH16 1XP. Tel 01444 450326, bor­de­hill.co.uk

9 Hardy Plant So­ci­ety – Early Spring Plant Fair Browse in­ter­est­ing and usual plants stalls from some of the South West’s top nurs­eries at this bou­tique plant fair set in the gar­dens cre­ated by Margery Fish. 24 March, 10am-4pm. £4. East Lam­brook Manor Gar­dens, East Lam­brook, South Pether­ton, Som­er­set TA13 5HH. Tel 01460 240328, east­lam­brook.com

10 SGD Spring Con­fer­ence Book now for the SGD Spring Con­fer­ence on the theme: A Light Touch: The Ex­per­tise of Un­der­state­ment. Speak­ers in­clude Ulf Nord­f­jell, Rick Darke, Michael Ver­ga­son, Julie Bargman and Cather­ine Heather­ing­ton. 21 April. £146. Royal Geo­graph­i­cal So­ci­ety, Kens­ing­ton Gore, Lon­don SW7 2AR. Tel 0115 968 3188, sgd.org.uk

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