Plants, history and contest plans

Gardeners in Cheltenham are hosting a plant fair and getting an insight into the history of vegetable growing.

Tomatoes will be among the plants at the fair

Lynda Warren will be talking about her father’s experience and her own research in ‘The Wartime Kitchen Garden’.

The talk is being hosted by Charlton Kings in Bloom, a voluntary group that promotes gardening in the Charlton Kings area of Cheltenham.

Members are also planning a plant fair outside the King’s Hall on May 13 from 9am to noon with vegetables, including tomatoes, annuals and perennials.

And the annual garden competition will take place later in the year.

The talk will be held at the Stanton Rooms, Charlton Kings in Cheltenham on Friday April 28, 2017. It starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £6 to include refreshments. They are available from The Forge newsagent (01242 523729).

For more details about Charlton Kings in Bloom, visit the website.

Plant sales plug gaps

With the weather finally getting warmer, now’s the time to plug gaps in borders and start thinking about summer containers and plant sales are a great place to start.

If you haven’t raised annuals and vegetables yourself, fundraising sales offer the chance to buy plants grown locally at reasonable prices.

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Vegetable plants will be on sale

In the Cotswolds, gardeners have two sales to visit on Saturday May 14 that will help fill those gaps while supporting local groups.

Cobalt sale

Cancer charity Cobalt is holding its annual Big Plant Sale and coffee morning with bedding plants, shrubs, fruit bushes and hanging baskets.

There will also be willow craft and metal art stalls at the sale, which runs from 10am-1pm at Linton House, Thirlestone Road, Cheltenham.

Charlton Kings in Bloom sale

Also on Saturday, from 9am to 1pm, Charlton Kings in Bloom, which works to ‘green up’ the village on the edge of Cheltenham, has its annual plant fair.

There will be annuals, perennials and vegetable plants as well as mushroom compost for sale at The King’s Hall in Charlton Kings, Cheltenham.