Gardening: Cuttings: Fair dos

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GARDEN Plant Heritage Week, organised by the National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens, starts today and continues until 2 May. The theme is Plants from the Himalayas. At 2pm today, plant hunter Tony Schilling will give a talk at Glendoick House, Perth. Tomorrow at 10am, Dr Hugh McAllister will lead a walk at Ness Gardens, Neston, South Wirral.

The council has organised a wide range of plant fairs, where choice examples can be bought. Today: home-made lunches and teas will be served at a fair in Clapton Court Gardens, near Crewkerne, Somerset (10.30am-4pm, admission pounds 2). Tomorrow: Dr Nancy Dawson will open her wildlife garden at 2 The Old House, Ickwell Green, near Biggleswade, Bedfordshire (2-5.30pm, admission pounds 1); the council's Kent group is holding a plant sale at Coldham, Little Chart, Forstal, near Ashford, where the garden will be open (2- 5pm, admission pounds 1.50); a plant and produce sale is being held at the Museum of Fulham Palace, near Putney Bridge (11.30am-4pm), and a guided walk round the garden will begin at 2pm (admission 20p); and the council's Norfolk group is holding a plant sale at The Old Rectory, Oby, Great Yarmouth (2.30-5.30pm).