April is always a rather magical month – it begins with most plants in the garden making modest attempts to lift their heads above the wind, rain and snow of winter, and ends with everything bursting forth in sappy mounds of growth, as if ‘waving-in’ the month of May with a fanfare. In short April is all about the gardener’s hopes and dreams beginning to take shape. No wonder then that there’s a couple of lovely garden events this month that you can trot-off to in search of inspiration, as well as a large ‘dollop’ of relief, that spring is finally here. Thank goodness!

The Ascot Spring Garden Show – NEW this year: Fri 13th – Sun 15th April

This is a brand-new garden show and promises to deliver all the attractions we’d expect from more established RHS events. It’s been organised in conjunction with the Gardens of Windsor Great Park and there’s plenty to enjoy, including 6 show gardens created by established designers as well as a further 6 designed by newcomers as part of the show’s ‘Young Gardeners of the Year’ competition. There will be a programme of free talks and the Windsor Great Park garden team will be on hand to answer questions and give advice. You can also purchase plants from an array of specialist nurseries and find lovely objects for your home and garden from a selection of high-quality retailers.

What’s also rather enticing is that children go free and adults who book early online pay only £20 (£24 on the gate), which is really very reasonable. Don’t miss out – find out all the details on the website.

RHS Orchid Show & Plant Fair – Fri 6th & Sat 7th April (late evening opening on Thursday 5th)

Orchids have a captivating effect on those who collect them – and it’s not hard to see why – with their exotic and intricate blooms. Hosted at the RHS Lindley Hall in London, this annual event promises a spectacular array of exotic and hardy orchids as well as a wide range of spring plants. Entry costs are very reasonable at £5.00 for RHS members and £8.00 for advance bookings by non-members. For all the information you need, including times, ticket booking and event programmes, see the website.

Propagation for Beginners at Chelsea Physic Garden – 19th April

For those of you who don’t want to face the show crowds, but instead get on with jobs in your own garden, Chelsea Physic Garden is running a workshop called ‘Propagation for Beginners’, on 19th April from 11.30-1pm. If you’re new to gardening or haven’t done much in the way of propagation, then this course might be worth looking at. Places cost £30 per person and you’ll be guided and taught by Head Gardener, Nell Jones. To find out more or book, see the website.

Happy gardening one and all!