Time to get up and grow

Organisers of a popular event which is a magnet for green-fingered gardeners will have their fingers crossed that the sun continues to shine this weekend.

But whatever the weather, keen growers will be making a beeline to the Spring Plant Fair at the National Trust’s Ashridge Estate.

The free event at the foot of the famous monument is renowned for offering thousands of plants for sale at modest prices.

The bitter winter caused some concern because plants have been so slow to get growing, but stocks are looking good.

Local commercial growers will be offering their plants for sale on Sunday alongside thousands from volunteer growers in what is the Friends of Ashridge’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

All proceeds go towards the upkeep of this wonderful area of woodland and countryside.

Parking is free, too, but you’re advised to come early to get the best bargains.

The sale runs from 11am to 4pm at the Ashridge Estate Visitor Centre in Monument Drive, Ringshall.

Green-fingered members of Bovingdon Horticultural Society will be selling their blooms on Saturday. The group is holding its annual plant sale from 9.30am at the Memorial Hall in High Street, Bovingdon.

All plants are grown by members and will be on sale at competitive prices. These include annuals, perennials, geraniums and a wide selection of vegetable plants.

If you’re planning your summer garden, then you might also want to take in a trip to Harpers of Studham home and garden event which runs on Friday and Saturday.

Demonstrations and tastings are scheduled in the Oak Barn, on the Dunstable Road, between 11am and 3pm each day, with stalls packed with summer food gooodies, country wines, garden furniture and more.

Window box and garden tub design tips and summer recipe ideas also form part of the programme at the free event.

While you’re there, you can check out the summer bedding and garden plants and visit the farm shop.