Seat in the garden at Rydal Hall
Angela Slater
Daughter of a farmer and market gardener so have always had a connection with the outdoors, whether it was keeping animals or producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I gained an HND and BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management, as a result I am an ardent environmentalist and have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening. In my time at Hayes I worked for several years in the Outdoor Plant and Houseplant areas

National Gardening Week 11 – 17th April 2016

Celebrate all the garden has to offer with walks, talks or pottering

National Gardening Week was launched 5 years ago by the Royal Horticultural Society. Gardening is one of the UK’s biggest pastimes with enthusiasts ranging from individuals with huge pristine gardens, avid barbecuers with a pot of herbs on the patio, singles with only a tray of micro-herbs on the windowsill, students with a half-dead houseplant, societies passionate about alpines, the list is endless. Even if you only enjoy your garden as a sun-worshiper get out there and plant or make something this week. Thousands of groups, societies, gardens and individuals will be involved.

Why not organise your own event; spruce up your street or picnic in the park, register the event with National Gardening Week.

Rock garden at Sizergh Castle

The Rock Garden at Sizergh Castle, designed by Hayes 

Events being organised all around the country include:

  • guided walks around selected National Trust properties
  • 'Health, Happiness and Horticulture' at RHS Rosemoor
  • various gardening experts giving talks and advice daily at Highgrove
  • daily events at RHS Harlow Carr

Many private gardens which open under the National Open Gardens Scheme are opening on Friday 15th April with free admission; check them out at the ngs website. All of the RHS gardens will be open.

Why not get out into your own garden now that spring is here. There are hundreds of things to do:

  • plant a tree
  • grow salad leaves or micro-herbs on a sunny windowsill
  • heat up your summer and grow some chillies on a sunny windowsill
  • go potty for peas
  • bung in some beans
  • plant pots of potatoes
  • go nutty for nasturtiums
  • grow a patch of wildflowers for butterflies
  • put up a bird feeder
  • picnic in the garden
  • plant a herb pot ready for the barbecue season
  • get out the garden furniture, clean it off, put your feet up

The list is endless and the weather is looking good so get potting or pottering. Enjoy your space, you can increase your living area, get fit and save money all at the same time.