THE humble potato will be top of the crops this weekend at Arlington Court. Instead of the usual apple day" this Saturday and Sunday, November 8 & 9, the National Trust estate is celebrating the apples of the earth with the common - and not so common - s

THE humble potato will be top of the crops this weekend at Arlington Court.Instead of the usual "apple day" this Saturday and Sunday, November 8 & 9, the National Trust estate is celebrating the apples of the earth with the common - and not so common - spud.Potato Weekend includes a display of heritage varieties of potato, a potato printing workshop for children, a longest peel competition and a variety of potato dishes on sale in the tearoom, including leek and potato soup, potatoes Lyonnaisse and even chocolate potato cake!In fact 2008 is the United Nations International Year of the Potato and the Arlington garden team have produced a bumper crop of spuds from the walled garden this year, despite the weather, and will be on hand to offer advice.The garden has been lovingly restored by the head gardener, his assistant and a stalwart team of volunteers over the last 10 years. Visitors can join in with all these activities and even take away a range of potato recipe cards provided by the Potato Council. A display of heritage varieties of potato, including such fascinating named specimens as Blue Wonder, Gypsy, Ratte and Pink Fur Apple, has been supplied by another walled garden, Castle Bromwich Hall Garden Trust, in the West Midlands.To join in with the activities costs no more than the normal winter grounds admission - £2.50 for adults and free to those aged under 17.