Altons Garden Centre: Get tips from the country's top gardeners at the 2013 Telegraph Hay Festival

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Fondly coined by Bill Clinton as ‘The Woodstock of the mind’, I would certainly encourage gardeners to learn as much as they can from this 10 day event.

A festival famed for bringing together some of the world’s most prolific writers starts on Thursday 23rd May 2013. The Telegraph Hay Festival is inviting some of the UK’s most renowned gardeners to share their tips and advice with the nation – as well as leading garden experts, Altons Online Garden Centre.

Established around a kitchen table back in 1987, the Telegraph Hay Festival has witnessed a number of established filmmakers, politicians, environmentalists and musicians exchange their knowledge and expertise with thousands of visitors at Brecon Beacons National Park – and since its growth, has expanded to cover a number of different topics including economics, science, music, poetry and gardening.

Marketing manager at Altons Garden Centre, James Oxley, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for any budding gardeners to get advice from the very best in the business – and what better place to be inspired than in the scenic Welsh borders. With insight from the likes of renowned landscape designer Sir Roy Strong plus renowned Herefordshire gardener, Monty Don, this event will surely stir up horticultural creativity for the green-fingered community.”

As the largest garden centre in Essex, Altons Garden Centre stocks a huge selection of stylish outdoor and garden products – including outdoor furniture, water features, garden machinery and plants. Horticultural enthusiasts can also join the Altons Gardening club, and receive exclusive offers and invitations to special events along with a one year’s subscription to a personal online plant inventory and garden diary service.

“In attendance will also be Ruth Brooks and Dave Goulson, along with the esteemed Professor Dianne Edwards from Cardiff University,” added Oxley.

“Fondly coined by Bill Clinton as ‘The Woodstock of the mind’, I would certainly encourage gardeners to learn as much as they can from this 10 day event. Taking place during the bank holiday weekend, this is a rare opportunity to mingle with some of the world’s brightest minds whilst enjoying what the festival has to offer.”

For horticulturalists unable to make the festival, gardeners can enjoy Altons Garden Centre’s spring edition of the 2013 Beautiful Gardens magazine – available to read online now. From Altons garden furniture sets to BBQ accessories, make the most of the May bank holiday weekend by visiting http://www.alton-gardencentre.co.uk or call 0845 838 8816 today.

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