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The best autumn plant fairs to visit

Our round-up of the best autumn plant fairs to find quality plants, shrubs and trees

Autumn is the perfect time to plant shrubs, trees and hardy perennials. Check out our round-up of the best autumn plant festivals for the best choice of plants

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September

The Generous Gardener Autumn Plant Sale

Generous Gardeners Plant Fair

View an extensive range of unusual plants from leading nurseries, such as Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants, Special Plants Nursery and Cotswold Garden Flowers. 13 September, 10am-2pm. £5. The Coach House, Ampney Crucis, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 5RY. Tel 01285 850256, thegenerousgardener.co.uk

RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show

RHS Wisley Flower Show 2016. Photo: Luke MacGregor

This annual flower show returns with 50 specialist nurseries and trade stands. It will also host the annual National Dahlia Society Show, which is open to the public at noon on 3 September after judging has finished. 3-8 September, 10am-6pm. Free with normal garden admission. RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB. Tel 01483 224234, rhs.org.uk/wisley

Arley Hall & Gardens Autumn Plant Fair

Arley Hall

Get advice on the best plants for your garden. 8 September, 10am-4pm. £1. Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire CW9 6NA. Tel 01565 777353, arleyhallandgardens.com

Helmingham Hall Autumn Plant Fair with Artisan Market

Helmingham Hall autumn plant fair

Specialist nurseries and local National Plant Collections, plus advice on wildlife conservation in your garden and artisan foods and crafts. Visitors can book on to a tour of the gardens with Lady Xa Tollemache. 15 September, 10am-4pm. £7. Helmingham Hall Gardens, Helmingham, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 6EF. Tel 01473 890799, helmingham.com

Autumn Festival of Plants

Château de Saint-Jean de Beauregard. Photo: Carole Desheulles

The Château de Saint-Jean de Beauregard welcomes the best nurseries in France and Europe for Fête des Plantes, a weekend of amazing plant displays, expert advice, creative workshops and seasonal produce. 27-29 September, 10am-6pm. €14. Château de Saint-Jean de Beauregard, Rue du Château, 91940 Saint-Jean de Beauregard, France. Tel +33 (0)1 60 12 00 01, domsaintjeanbeauregard.com

Malvern Autumn Show

Malvern Autumn Show
© Malvern autumn show

This lovely Autumn show is staged in association with Westons Cider Mill and celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Included in festivities is an expert gardener battle for the heaviest or longest veg as well as special guests and the RHS flower show. 28-29 September, Three Counties Showground, Malvern, WR13 6NW, malvernautumn.co.uk

October

Orticolario

Orticolario 2019

This is one of Italy’s premier gardening event, which is held in the grounds of the Villa Erba on the shores of Lake Como. The three day gardening show brings together top designers, nurseries and garden product companies and encourages visitors to bring colour, scent and new creations to the fore for their own gardens. 4-6 October, Villa Erba, Lake Como. eng.orticolario.it

Great Dixter Autumn Plant Fair

Great Dixter Autumn Plant Fair. Photo: Emil Bendixen

Seasonal plants to admire and buy from specialist nurseries from the UK and Europe. 5- 6 October, 11am-4pm. £9. Great Dixter House and Gardens, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex TN31 6PH. Tel 01797 254048, greatdixter.co.uk

Les Journées des Plantes at Chantilly

Chantilly autumn plant fair
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France’s biggest flower show takes place in the stunning parkland of Domaine de Chantilly near Paris. The weekend is a showcase of high-quality plants, floral displays, demonstrations and specialist talks. 18-20 October. €17. Domaine de Chantilly, Rue du Connétable, 60500 Chantilly, France. Tel +33 (0)3 44 27 31 80, domainedechantilly.com

Rosemoor Heritage Autumn Plant Fair

RHS garden Rosemoor
© RHS/Clive Nichols

The popular one-day plant fair at Devon’s Rosemoor was first held more than two decades ago. It’s still going strong and this year there will be a wide variety of rare and unusual trees, shrubs and perennials from local nurseries, many of which are not generally open to the public. 22 September, 10am-3pm, free with normal garden entry admission prices, www.rhs.org.uk