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SOME OF Europe's best nurserymen will be gathering at Bingerden in Holland between 18 and 20 June to sell trees, shrubs, climbers, perennials and Mediterranean plants of exceptional quality in a setting of equally exceptional beauty. Huis Bingerden, the 200-year-old home of the energetic van Weede family, stands in a fine, landscaped park. Eugenie van Weede has also created a fine potager there (it's featured in this month's Gardens Illustrated), from which the Belgian chef Claude Pohlig will prepare special dishes. The show is open on Fri (12pm-6pm), Sat and Sun (10am-6pm) Admission fl15 (pounds 3.20). Huis Bingerden is close to Doesburg in Gelderland, eastern Netherlands. Take exit 29 off the A12 Utrecht road. Or go by train to Arnhem, take bus No 27 from the Oostnet and get off at the town hall in Angerlo. Eugenie van Weede (0031 313 47.22.02).

MARYLYN ABBOTT, who has a sensational garden in her native Australia, has organised a series of summer lecture days at her English home, West Green House in Hampshire. This Thursday, Dr James Broadbent, adviser to the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales, will talk on agaves, oleanders and verandahs. Throughout the world, English colonisers struggled to establish gardens in unfamiliar territories, bringing seeds of English plants with them wherever they travelled. Dr Broadbent examines what became of the gardens made by early settlers and shows their influence on British horticulture.

The lecture days at West Green are on Thursdays until 24 June, when Rosemary Alexander of the English Gardening School considers the importance of the colour green in a garden. Each lecture day costs pounds 50. For further information contact Marylyn Abbott at West Green House, Thackham's Lane, West Green, Nr Hartley Wintney, Hants RG27 8JB (01252 844611).