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· Milano

ORTICOLA , the botanical market will be showing in Lombardy’s capital from the 9th – 11th of May 2003. A variety of flowers, plants and rare fruits are new to this eighth edition, plus garden furniture and tasty natural foods.
For information: www. orticola.org Or tel 02/76001496

· Milano
On the 15th May at the Associazione il Giardino – in corso di Porto Romana N. 23, the Geranium market will take place. Greenhouse expert Roberta Marchesi will be giving a talk about the characteristics of these plants between 8pm and 9pm.
For information: 02 5832585

· Pavia-Orto Botanico
On Sunday 18th May 2003 in honour of the rose, the association Amici dell'Orto Botanico (Friends of the Botanic Garden) will be exhibiting over 300 varieties of hybrid and antique rose, grown by collectors and nurseries. For information: Tel - fax 0382/22534

· Torino
From the 1st to the 4th May 2003 the charming setting of the Catello di Masino in Caravino (TO) is hosting the eighth edition of Tre giorni di Giardino ( Three Garden days). The event is organised by the piemontese Garden Academy on behalf of FAI: New to this year's market exhibition is a section dedicated to researchers of rare plants: shade plants, ancient trees and one hundred types of vase-grown vines. For information: Tel: 0125/778100

· Viterbo
For the whole of May the Centro Botanico Moutan in Vitorchiano (VT) is opening it's 10 hectare nursery to the public, where its' extraordinary collection of peonies can be admired, along with 150 000 plants of 600 varieties which have found their natural habitat in the countryside surrounding Lazio. Visits by booking only: Tel. 0761/300490

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Only a few days left to visit the Keukenhof park in Lisse. This expanse of bulbs is the only one of its kind in the world and it is only open between March and May. Furthermore in the final closing days up to the 18th May, the park will host two exhibitions: one on paintings dedicated to tulips and the other on tulipmania. For information: info@keukenhof.nl

· Velsen - Zuid
Velsen - Zuid Holland's popular Home and Garden Fair will take place between the 25th and 29th of May at the Beckestjin estate north of Harlem. Here you can find garden planners, garden furniture, flowers and bulbs, rare botanical products, specialised gardening wear. For information: Tel. 0031 235567260


· In the Loire Valley, home to castles and historical parks, there will be several gardening shows - the most important is the International Gardening Festival at the Chaumont Castle from the 29th May, 2003, to the 19th October 2003.
For information: www.chaumontjardins.com

· The Rivau Castle in Lemere will be home to the Appuntamento ai giardini (Garden meeting), an articulated market show for plants and flowers with workshops for bouquet and basket arranging. For information

· If you wish to participate in the Festa dei Giardini (Garden Party) at the Chatonniere castle, then go along to Azay-le-Rideau on the 24th May 2003. For information: www.lachatonniere.com


· London The most important flower show in the world, The Chelsea Flower Show, organised by the Royal Horticultural Society, will take place in London from the 20th to 23rd May 2003. This show offers the newest and most original gardening ideas from all over the world. For information: www.rhs.org.uk


·From the 2nd to the 5th May, 2003, you can visit the "Reveries sur les jardins" exhibition market There will be an international contest for bouquet professionals as well as a demonstration on the theme of ‘House flowers’. For information : garden_club@imcn.mc

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