Click to follow
The Independent Online
The appropriately named Charles Flower sells seed and plugs (small, well-rooted plantlets) of wildflowers such as lady's bedstraw, fleabane and yellow loosestrife. Plugs are 25p each, seed varies from pounds 2-5 for 10g. He has also converted his old farm workshop into a study centre where he organises half-day sessions on all aspects of countryside restoration.

'Hedgerows for Wildlife' is the subject of the next workshop. What are the best plants to use in restoring a gappy old hedge or planting a new one? Find out on Tuesday 10 September (2-5pm). The session includes a tour of Charles Flowers' own hedges to inspect successes and failures. The cost is pounds 25. A practical hedge- laying course will be held on Tuesday 5 November (9.30am-4pm) Cost pounds 40. For details of seeds, plugs and courses, contact Charles Flower at Carvers Hill Farm, Shalbourne, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 3PS (01672 870782 for nursery; 01635 247666 for courses).

The Midlands group of the National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens (NCCPG) is holding a Rare and Unusual Plant Fair tomorrow in the grounds of Leicester University's botanic garden. The botanic garden was made from the combined gardens of four Edwardian houses, acquired by the university just after the war. There are fine Japanese maples, a limestone garden, traditional herbaceous borders and collections of hardy fuchsias. The garden is at Stoughton Drive South, Oadby, Leicester (near Leicester racecourse). Admission pounds 2.