National Gardening Week 2015

National Gardening Week, an event launched by the RHS four years ago, takes place 13th – 19th April this year. As one of the country’s biggest celebrations of gardening, there is much excitement from retailers, gardens, charities and organisations, over National Gardening Week 2015.

But it’s not just organisations that are getting involved, anyone can take part in the various events and activities being run across the UK. There is plenty to choose from, whether you enjoy beginner’s workshops, guided walks or face painting!

If none of the events take your fancy however, you can organise your own events to do alone or with friends and family. This could be anything from making home-grown jam to building a pond. The possibilities are endless!

What events are in your area?

Nymans Gardens

Below are just a few of the events National Gardening Week 2015 has to offer…

  • Four Seasons Artist Exhibition at Exbury Gardens – Southampton, SO45 1AZ
  • You can join the Head Gardener on a guided walk round these gardens and find out some interesting facts about their history.

  • Daily Guided Walks at National Trust Nymans – Handcross, RH17 6EB
  • The free daily guided walks, led by helpful Garden Rangers, will share history into the creation of these famous gardens.

  • RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Talk & Tea with James Wong – Chelmsford, CM3 8ET
  • James Wong, RHS Ambassador will be delivering a talk about his new book, Grow for Flavour.

  • Staking the Herbaceous Borders at Arlington Court – Devon, EX31 4LP
  • Go and take a look at the garden team prepare the borders for their summer blooms. Pick up some tips and learn the tricks of the trade.

    What else can you do?


    In addition to visiting an event in your local area, you can organise your own special activities to help celebrate National Gardening Week. Here are some ideas to get you started…

  • Plant Edible flowers – Grow flowers in your garden that you can eat or use to create cordials and oils.
  • Plant Herbs in Containers – Not only are herbs handy in the kitchen, they also look very decorative in the garden. Take a look at our blog post on container gardening for some inspiration.
  • Work with Willow – Growing willow creates a material that can be used for many activities in schools etc.
  • Create a School Sensory Garden – A very rewarding task, a sensory garden does a great job at helping children engage with outside spaces.
  • Grow an Allotment – Now is a great time to get your allotment ready for cultivation. For useful tips on allotment growing, see our recent blog post.
  • Plant a Tree – Attract a variety of different wildlife with small and large trees in your garden.
  • If you would like to register a larger scale event, such as cleaning up a neglected area, holding a garden party or organising family activities in your local park, head to the official website. You can also email the RHS to discuss your ideas with their staff.

    What will you be doing?

    Stay tuned for more posts relating to National Gardening Week 2015 and let us know if you’re doing anything this year to get involved. As always, head to our Twitter, Facebook or Google + pages or comment in the box below!


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