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It's Father's Day this weekend15 June 2013
A trip to your favourite garden centre makes a great day out: enjoy a slap-up lunch at the café, then take him to choose that plant or garden gadget he's always wanted. You'll find some great offers on everything from power tools to secateurs and knee pads. Many garden centres are celebrating Father's Day with local food tastings, beer samples and competitions: check websites for details.
There are special events at gardens all over the country too, so you can enjoy your day out with Dad and bring him back full of inspiration for your own patch. RHS Wisley, in Surrey, has stone carving demonstrations (Dad can have a go, too) and at Lyme Park in Cheshire he can choose from thousands of bulbs grown in the gardens, followed by tastings of locally-brewed beer. And at the National Botanic Garden in Wales, Dads get in free: once inside, there's also the chance to make your own F1 racing car and race it on a track set up in the Great Glasshouse. World-class plants and racing cars... possibly the most perfect Father's Day ever.