Now is the time to start thinking about your garden, and what better way to get inspiration than to visit plant fairs? Here, Plant Hunters’ Fairs give us an insight into what’s in store over the next few months.
The National Arboretum, Alrewas
The Arboretum is a unique haven of peace, contemplation and hope for the future and is the site of the Armed Forces Memorial. It consists of 150 acres of wooded parkland within the National Forest in Staffordshire where visitors can both enjoy and learn about the trees and their surroundings, and reflect upon their special symbolism. Many of the memorials are placed in peaceful gardens.
Although still a 'young' arboretum, there are already in excess of 50,000 trees on the site which are rapidly growing into a unique living tribute.
The Arboretum covers 60 hectares of reclaimed gravel workings and within this area is a wide variety of natural habitats including emerging woodland, hay meadows, riverbank and marsh.
Each of these has its own flora and fauna. The site benefits from a very wide range of special trees, many chosen for symbolic reasons and offering a varied study of leaves, growth, uses and origin.
The variety of habitats within the Arboretum site illustrate the biodiversity of the area. Birds and animals include several species highlighted in the Staffordshire Biodiversity Action Plan — these include the skylark, lapwing, brown hare, otter and several species of bat.
The Plant Hunters’ Fairs at The National Memorial Arboretum are to take place on Sunday, April 7, Saturday, May 25 and Saturday, August 3.
Plant Hunter's Fairs will be at Weston Park, Weston-under-Lizard over the May Bank Holiday weekend — May 5 and 6.
Whether you are a green fingered professional or just like to potter in the garden there will be a wide selection of top quality nurseries attending.
All the nurseries are happy to offer advice and tips on selecting the best plants for the time of year. It is the aim of the organisers to select a great mix of expert growers each with their own distinctive specialities.
The cost is £2.50 per person and children under four enter free of charge
Dorothy Clive Garden
August 25th-26th will see the next plant fair housed at The Dorothy Clive Garden.
The Dorothy Clive Garden — in Willoughbridge, Market Drayton — will be putting on their spring display of bulbs, rhododendrons and azaleas.
Garden lovers inspired by the display will find a great range of plant treats at the fair including Roseland House from Cornwall with the National Collection of Clematis, Edulis from Berkshire with unusual edible ornamental plants, Pottertons Nursery RHS gold medal winners from Lincolnshire with a extensive range of alpines, RHS Chelsea Gold winners Plantagogo with their three National Collections of Heuchera, Heucherella, Tiarella, plus lots, lots more for plant lovers to enjoy.
The Dorothy Clive Garden is a registered charity and this is a special fund-raising event for the garden with entry to the gardens and fair at the special price of £3.
To find out more about Plant Hunter's Fairs visit: www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk.