BUDDING gardeners looking to stock up for spring are being invited to attend a plant fair at Ness Botanic Gardens later this month.

The Spring Plant Hunters’ Fairs at Ness Botanic Gardens have been a firm favourite for over 10 years, and the first of two plant fairs in 2019 is on Sunday, March 24.

Martin Blow, of Plant Hunters' Fairs, said: "Spring is here and it’s time to get out in the garden and get planning and planting for the year ahead and where better to get inspiration and some brilliant plants than at this popular event.

"Fifteen nurseries and artisans from seven different counties are booked to attend, offering a brilliant choice of plants from alpines to acers and everything in between.

"At this time of year, the nurseries will come laden with flowering bulbs and shrubs to provide instant colour, but also lots of later flowering plants to get planted now for colour into the summer and beyond.

"Now’s the time think ahead and plan that dream border for your garden. If you are new to gardening the stall holders are always happy to share their expertise to help you select the best plants for your own unique garden.”

The plant fair is held in the self-contained herb garden and entry is £1.

This is redeemable against subsequent entry to the main gardens if you choose to visit these on the day, and there is ample free parking. The restaurant is open for teas, cakes and light meals. Dogs on leads are welcome at the fair but not in the main garden.

The plant fair runs from 10am-4pm. For full details of nurseries attending, visit www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk.