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THE HAMPTON Court Palace Flower Show continues this weekend with show gardens, floral marquees and an avalanche of sundries. One of the highlights is the grand display organised by the National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens. This is a fine showcase for the work of national collection holders, showing off rare verbenas, agapanthus and strawberries. While at Hampton Court, you can also visit the British Rose Festival and add your pennorth to the debate: "Do roses smell as good as they used to?" The show is open tomorrow (10am-7.30pm) and Sunday (10am-5.30pm). Admission pounds 13.

TODAY IS your last chance to visit "Three Dimensions for the Garden", an exhibition showing birdbaths by Sarah Walton, pots by Jonathan Garratt and furniture by Nick Barberton. The show is at the Allen Gallery, Church St, Alton, Hants (01420 82802), and is open today (10am-5pm). Admission free.

IN CHELTENHAM, the Alpine Garden Society is holding one of its last summer shows today (noon-4.30pm) at Pittville School, Albert Rd. Admission pounds 1.

THIS YEAR is one of the most ambitious so far in the National Trust's restoration of the Stowe Landscape Gardens in Bucks. The Chinese House has been rebuilt after an absence of more than 200 years. Conservation work on the Rotondo and Dido's Cave also finish this year. By the millennium, 2,500 new trees will have been planted. Stowe Landscape Gardens are open daily (10am-5pm). Admission pounds 4.50. Stowe Landscape Gardens website: jtatter/stowe.html