You can always tell when someone’s a keen gardener because every time you visit them there’s usually a collection of plants grouped together by the back door, ready to be planted. The ‘grouping’ might suggest that they haven’t really bought quite so many plants (again), but if it turns out that there’s absolutely nowhere to plant any of these ‘beauties’ then your suspicions will be confirmed – you are in the garden of a plantaholic! Sound familiar?

Of course, all plantaholics need to indulge their passion so here’s a round up of the best spring plant fairs to get you started.

Wisley Spring Plant Fair – 23rd to 25th March

A lovely fair with some fantastic nurseries and growers represented. A great way to kick start your gardening year with some new purchases to liven up your borders. For full details see the RHS page here.

Hardy Plant Fair Middlesex – Saturday 21st April 10am – 1pm

Who doesn’t love a hardy perennial? As the backbone of many a mixed border these tough and generous plants are always good value for money. The Hardy Plant Society seeks to enhance people’s knowledge of growing these garden favourites, as well as swap tips and ideas on how to grow the best varieties. They run plant fairs at several locations but in the south, the nearest venue is in Middlesex. For full details see the website page here and scroll down the list to find one nearest to you.

Great Dixter Spring Plant Fair – 7th & 8th April

A real plant-lovers’ delight, the Spring Fair at Great Dixter is held in real affection by those who attend and is a must for anyone who enjoys small, intimate fairs where really unique plants, varieties and cultivars can be found. For further information see the website.

Arundel Castle Plant Fair – 29th April

Arundel Castle is a unique, historic and beautiful place to ‘while away’ a few hours buying plants. And if that isn’t enough to tempt you, the plant fair is held during the height of their tulip festival – surely a day-out not to be missed. Full details here.

Happy plant hunting!