See some of Britain’s most inspiring gardens – and bring home plants from their spring fairs
Arley Hall and Gardens, Cheshire, 22 April
Arley Hall is known for many things, but not least its outstanding double herbaceous border planted in 1846, making it the oldest in the country. As the borders gear up to full swing, the rest of the garden is having a party with an extensive grove and woodland walk packed with rhododendrons and azalea. Once you’ve had your multicoloured fill, head to the much-loved and long-running plant fair: expect specialist nurseries including Proctor’s Nursery (for perennials, trees and shrubs) and Petrichor Bulbs, for spring bulbs, including large Crinum asiaticum, alliums and camassia. The head gardener, Gordon Baillie, will be around to give advice, and the Gardener’s Kitchen serves hot food, drinks and cake.