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.
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.