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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 Arthur & Strange. 8 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 celebrates its 25th anniversary with a special six-day event featuring outstanding displays and products from more than 50 specialist nurseries and trade stands. It will also host the annual National Dahlia Society Show, and visitors are invited to enter the RHS People’s Dahlia Competition. 5-10 September, 10am-6pm. £12.60. RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB. Tel 01483 224234, rhs.org.uk/wisley

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. 17 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. 22-24 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

October

Arley Hall & Gardens Autumn Plant Fair

Arley Hall

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

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. 7- 8 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

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. 13-15 October. €17. Domaine de Chantilly, Rue du Connétable, 60500 Chantilly, France. Tel +33 (0)3 44 27 31 80, domainedechantilly.com

RHS London Shades of Autumn

Giant pumpkins at RHS London Autumn Show. Photo: Juliet Roberts
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Contemporary planting ideas and garden inspiration, plus creative workshops and a programme of talks. 25-26 October, 10am-5pm. £5. RHS Lindley Hall, 80 Vincent Square, Westminster, London SW1P 2PE. Tel 020 7821 3050, rhs.org.uk