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The Independent has announced its top 50 Nurseries and Garden Centres, and 11 RHS Partner Gardens and Nurseries have made it onto the list. You can benefit from their expertise by joining one of these RHS Recommended events - don't forget, members receive discounted tickets.

Barnsdale Gardens, Rutland

National Gardening Week clinic, 21 April
Watercolour painting - clematis, 10 May
Vegetables all year round,  25 October
Barnsdale Gardens also offers free entry to RHS members (Member 1 only) throughout its open period. 

The Beth Chatto Gardens, Essex

Autumn walks series, from 12 October
The Beth Chatto Gardens also offers free entry to RHS members (Member 1 only) from January - March.

Burncoose Nurseries, Cornwall

Enkianthus: Why they should be grown more widely, 16 May
Eucryphias and other summer-flowering woodland trees, 24 August

Bluebell Cottage Gardens, Cheshire

Propagation workshops: Apr & Sept
Bluebell Cottage Gardens also offers free entry to RHS members (Member 1 only) throughout open period.

Crûg Farm Plants, Caernarfon

Woodland walk, 7 April
What shrub where, 9 June
Crûg Farm's 2011 collecting trip, 15 September

Farmyard Nurseries, Carmarthenshire

Plant propagation for beginners, 15 July
Plant propagation: the follow on, 8 September

Harveys Garden Plants, Suffolk

Easy to grow, unusual woodland and shade plants, 16 April

Jekka's Herb Farm, Bristol

Jekka's Herb Farm open days, selected dates in March, July and September

Knoll Gardens, Dorset

Image: Dianna JazwinskiGrass Masterclasses, 20 September and 18 October
Knoll Gardens also offers free entry to RHS members (Member 1 only) throughout open period.

Larch Cottage Nurseries, Cumbria

Behind closed doors, 20 June
This special evening is a chance to enjoy the nursery gardens outside normal opening hours. Wander at leisure through the imaginative ‘secret gardens’ created by landscape designer Peter Stott, then enjoy a meal in The Greenhouse restaurant, overlooking the Pennines.
To book: 01931 712404.

Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire

RHS Members can visit Waterperry Gardens free of charge (Member 1) in March and October.


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All four RHS Plant Centres have also appeared in The Independent's guide to the UK's best 50 nurseries and garden centres. Find out more about the plant centres at Wisley, Hyde Hall, Harlow Carr and Rosemoor.  

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