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Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - DIG IN - COM­PILED BY ALYS HURN AND AN­NIE GATTI

1 Win­ter Sculp­ture Ex­hi­bi­tion Join a free guided walk of the sculp­tures on show at RHS Gar­den Rose­moor’s Win­ter Sculp­ture Ex­hi­bi­tion. Weather per­mit­ting, tours will take place most Wed­nes­days (ex­clud­ing Box­ing Day) at 2pm, un­til 17 Fe­bru­ary 2019. Call on the day to con­firm. RHS Gar­den Rose­moor, Great Tor­ring­ton, Devon EX38 8PH. Tel 01805 626810, rhs.org.uk

2 Gar­den Tour of Montalto Es­tate Ex­plore the gar­dens and grounds of Montalto Es­tate in Co Down, North­ern Ire­land, which opened to the pub­lic this year. The es­tate fea­tures a win­ter gar­den, an alpine gar­den and trails that lead through wood­land and around a lake. Wed­nes­day – Sun­day, 10am-4pm (last en­try 3pm). Montalto Es­tate, Spa Road, Bal­ly­nahinch, North­ern Ire­land BT24 8PT. Tel 028 9756 6100, mon­tal­toes­tate.com

3 Win­ter Gar­den Walk En­joy a guided walk around the gar­dens at West Green House. Tours led by a mem­ber of the gar­den staff will take place ev­ery Mon­day un­til 17 De­cem­ber and be fol­lowed by a home­made soup lunch. 12 Novem­ber – 17 De­cem­ber, 11.30am. £15. West Green House Gar­dens, Thack­ham’s Lane, nr Hart­ley Wint­ney, Hook, Hampshire RG27 8JB. Tel 01252 844611, west­green­house.co.uk

4 Chelsea Physic Gar­den Christ­mas Fair Browse more than 100 stalls of­fer­ing food, dec­o­ra­tions and un­usual Christ­mas gifts, and then learn how to wrap your gifts beau­ti­fully in a present-wrap­ping work­shop. 24-25 Novem­ber, 10am-4pm, £6. 66 Royal Hos­pi­tal Road, Chelsea, Lon­don SW3 4HS. Tel 020 7352 5646, chelsea­physic­gar­den.co.uk

5 Lowther Cas­tle Christ­mas Mar­ket Find food and gifts ga­lore at the Lowther Cas­tle Christ­mas mar­ket set in the cas­tle’s at­mo­spheric court­yard. 24-25 Novem­ber. Lowther Cas­tle, Pen­rith, Cum­bria CA10 2HH. Tel 01931 712192, lowther­cas­tle.org

6 Sus­tain­able Christ­mas Wreath Work­shop Make your own Christ­mas wreath, us­ing 100 per cent biodegrad­able ma­te­ri­als, and learn about sus­tain­abil­ity in flo­ral de­sign on this half-day course at the Ju­dith Black­lock Flower School. 26 Novem­ber, £178. 4-5 Kin­ner­ton Place South, Knights­bridge, Lon­don SW1X 8EH. Tel 020 7235 6235, ju­dith­black­lock.com

7 Wil­low Work­shop Learn how to make fes­tive dec­o­ra­tions us­ing wil­low and other nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als with wil­low worker Wendy Bris­tow of Twigs & Sprigs. 30 Novem­ber, 10am-4pm. £55 plus £8 ma­te­ri­als charge. Scamp­ston Hall and Walled Gar­den, Scamp­ston, Mal­ton, North York­shire YO17 8NG. Tel 01944 759111, scamp­ston.co.uk

8 Powis Cas­tle Il­lu­mi­nated Gar­dens Stroll around beau­ti­fully lit for­mal gar­dens, ter­races and court­yard af­ter dark and then warm up in the Court­yard res­tau­rant. Se­lected dates from 30 Novem­ber – 16 De­cem­ber, 5-9pm. £7.15. Powis Cas­tle and Gar­den, Welsh­pool, Powys SY21 8RF. Tel 01938 551920, na­tion­al­trust.org.uk

9 In­tro­duc­tion to Can­dle Dip­ping Find out what the hon­ey­bees have been up to in the Na­tional Botanic Gar­den of Wales’ Bee Gar­den and learn the prin­ci­ples of can­dle dip­ping to make your own beeswax can­dles. 5 De­cem­ber, 10am-2pm. Na­tional Botanic Gar­den of Wales, Mid­dle­ton Hall, Lla­narthne, Car­marthen­shire SA32 8HN. Tel 01558 667149, botan­ic­gar­den.wales

10 Gun­ners­bury Park and its Gar­dens: A His­tory Ex­plore the his­tory of Gun­ners­bury Park in west Lon­don at a talk by mu­seum con­sul­tant Val Bott for the Lon­don Parks and Gar­dens Trust. The park was re-mod­elled by William Kent in the 18th cen­tury and be­came a pub­lic park in 1926. 10 De­cem­ber, 6.30-8pm. The Gallery, 70-77 Cowcross Street, Lon­don EC1M 6EL. Tel 020 7839 3969, lon­don­gar­den­strust.org

11 Sea­sonal Ta­ble Ar­range­ments Learn how to make flo­ral ta­ble ar­range­ments for Christ­mas us­ing sea­sonal ma­te­ri­als on this one-day course with the Dayles­ford floristry team. 20 De­cem­ber, 9.30am-1pm. £125. The Dayles­ford Gar­den Work­shop, Dayles­ford Farmshop, nr King­ham, Glouces­ter­shire GL56 0YG. Tel 01608 731700, dayles­ford.com

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