Top garden events for April 2018

A Repton waterscape at Wentworth Woodhouse

Put these upcoming design dates in your diary

The Gardens Trust is this year leading a celebration of the work of Humphry Repton, the last great landscape designer of the 18th century, to mark the bicentenary of his death. Born in 1752 in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, Repton designed about 400 English landscapes and gardens, including Tatton Park in Cheshire, Uppark House in West Sussex, Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire and Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire, as a successor to ‘Capability’ Brown. To find out more about celebrations near you, visit

Capel Manor College in North London is holding an open day on Saturday 21 April, 10am to 3pm. There’s a chance to find out more about its School of Garden Design and Plantsmanship, speak to tutors and take part in taster activities. More information at 

Meanwhile Sparsholt College in Hampshire is holding an open evening on 25 April, 4-7pm; register a place at 

Paul Hensey FSGD teaches a one-day course, Construction Detailing Part 3: Water Ways – Domestic and Small-Scale Water Features, on 25 April at Engineers’ House in Bristol. The course covers construction of domestic and small-scale water features, rather than large-scale ponds and pools. Book a place and see what other courses are available at

Other events this month include:

10-12 APRIL CONFERENCE: NETHERLANDS The aim of the Resilient & Responsible Architecture & Urbanism Conference is to exchange knowledge and experience in future-proofing new and existing dwellings and communities around the world. 

11 APRIL TALK: ROSY HARDY, HANTS Learn more about spring-flowering perennials from one of the top growers in the country and enjoy a tour of her famous nursery. 

11-13 APRIL CONFERENCE: NEW ZEALAND The 2018 New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects event will be held in Auckland at the ASB Waterfront Theatre. It will focus on water and ecologies, culture and community. 

13-15 APRIL ASCOT SPRING GARDEN SHOW, BERKS Visit the new garden show at Ascot Racecourse to see SGD Members’ show gardens, alongside plant displays. 

19 APRIL MEET AND GREET, MIDDLESEX Shoot will be at Tendercare Nurseries offering designers the chance to meet its staff and learn how it may be able to help their businesses. 

26-29 APRIL HARROGATE SPRING FLOWER SHOW, YORKS Rated Britain’s top gardening event by Which?, the spring show promises inspirational show gardens, great shopping and the biggest exhibition by florists and flower arrangers in the country. 

29 APRIL PLANT FAIRS ROADSHOW, SUSSEX Arundel Castle is hosting a Plant Fairs Roadshow event in its stunning garden, alongside its annual Tulip Festival.