The Savill Garden, now at its spring peak, is holding a Plant Fair today (10am-5.30pm). Many specialist nurseries will be selling plants and there will also be old gardening books for sale. Entrance is via Wick Lane, Englefield Green, off the A30, on the edge of Windsor Great Park. Admission pounds 3.50.

Plant Heritage's Yorkshire Group are holding their Spring Plant Fair tomorrow (11am-4pm) in the old riding school at Hovingham Hall, Malton. Alpines, herbaceous perennials, trees, shrubs, clematis, ferns, violas and plants for ponds will be on sale as well as pots from Bessingby Pottery. The garden, with 18th-century dovecote, will also be open. Admission pounds 2.

When Marshalls first started selling vegetable starter plants, two years ago, they offered just six. Now there are 18 to choose from, including six different kinds of cabbages, three cauliflowers (pounds 2.85 for 15), two sorts of Brussel sprouts (pounds 2.35 for 15), pink or white celery (pounds 2.45 for 15), autumn and winter leeks (pounds 1.95 for 25), broccoli (pounds 2.35 for 15) and celeriac (pounds 2.45 for 15). The greenhouse collection has already sold out, but Marshalls can send out plants of the other, outdoor vegetables until the end of May. Minimum order, four varieties. Order from S E Marshall & Co Ltd, Wisbech, Cambs PE13 2RF (01945 583407).

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