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Gardens of England and Wales costs pounds 3.50 from bookshops or pounds 4.25 from National Gardens Scheme, Hatchlands Park, East Clandon, Guildford, Surrey GU4 7RT. Gardens of Scotland costs pounds 2.50 or pounds 3.25 from 31 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2EL.

Can you capture the essence of a garden opened to the public courtesy of the NGS, showing off the layout, planting and design features? Take your camera with you on a visit and submit between 8 and 10 transparencies demonstrating the glories of a garden - and you could win a Pentax MZ-5 worth pounds 700. Details in the latest "Yellow Book".