National Gardening Week events with the RHS

The first ever National Gardening Week, 16–22 April 2012, is action packed to get the nation growing. The RHS hopes its plans will help trigger ideas and grow momentum to engage more schools, communities, gardeners, organisations and the garden trade to support the week.

To help celebrate National Gardening Week (16-22 April) there will be a range of fun and interactive activities for gardeners of all ages and levels of experience on offer at the four RHS Gardens, over the weekend 21-22 April. There will even be a chance to get growing with RHS gardeners and committee members, to encourage everyone to get involved in gardening.

Take this opportunity to visit one of the RHS inspirational gardens and enjoy the beauty and tranquillity as they awaken from their winter slumbers. All the gardens offer a chance to indulge in a spot of retail therapy or to simply enjoy a hot drink, snack or meal – there is something for everyone to enjoy, whatever the weather.

Some of the events

Saturday and Sunday, 14-15 April, the weekend before National Gardening Week, local groups across Britain in RHS Britain in Bloom are inviting everyone to volunteer to help transform their community and celebrate the 2012 launch of the nationwide campaign.

Monday 16 April, the charity’s advisory service will open its doors and provide a one day Gardening SOS service.

Tuesday 17 April, is themed Gardens of the Nation when the RHS will ask everyone in the UK to send their best pictures of their garden for the charity’s award-winning Lindley Library archives to provide a historical record of gardens today.

Wednesday 18 April, the RHS is coordinating ‘Horticulture, A Career To Be Proud Of’ day, headed up by Alan Titchmarsh, to communicate how every aspect of horticulture and gardening is a career to be proud of.

Thursday 19 April, the theme is Gardening for the Environment, when the RHS will provide extensive advice and top tips to encourage and help the nation to be greener gardeners.

Friday 20 April, is all about getting kids gardening. The RHS will launch a new Campaign for School Gardening initiative at its first major gardening show of the year, RHS Show Cardiff (20-22 April).

Saturday 21-Sunday 22 April, there will be fun and interactive activities for gardeners of all ages and levels of experience at the four RHS Gardens with opportunities to get growing with RHS gardeners and committee members.

For more information visit the RHS National Gardening Week website

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