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RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2012 to Champion Community Gardening PDF Print E-mail

Tuesday, 26 June 2012 14:18


For the first time, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and Groundwork have united for the world’s largest annual flower show, to raise awareness of the extraordinary difference community gardeners are making to Britain today. Landscape designer and broadcaster, Chris Beardshaw, has designed the

biggest feature for RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2012 (3-8 July), to champion the impact of this work.

The Urban Oasis garden, sponsored by M&S, was inspired by Groundwork and RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood (IYN) projects that Chris Beardshaw visited across the country. It is a vast 1,600m² representation of the wonderful ways that neglected public spaces can be transformed into beautiful and productive community havens. With mature trees loaned by Majestic Trees, garden features include Derelict Space, Gated Alleyway, Community Allotment, Community Garden and Community Orchard.


Community gardening is very much of the moment and, through the Urban Oasis garden, both the RHS and Groundwork are keen to draw attention to it in the hope of inspiring even more people to sign up to projects. Despite council cuts and extreme weather changes, there has been a 10% increase in the number of IYN and Britain in Bloom groups signed up this year.

First Ever World of Gardens feature PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:09

Tuesday 4rd - Saturday 8th July 2012

This year will see the first ever ‘World of Gardens' feature at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Incorporating four show gardens, each of which is designed along the theme of a specific country or destination, the area will bring to life the iconic sites of Petra in Jordan and the State Russian Museum in St Petersburg and recreate the landscapes of the Swiss Alps and the Azores. Set against the backdrop of the Palace itself at Hampton Court, this promises to be an exciting and evocative addition to the World's largest flower show, which, this year, is sponsored by Ecover.

Yorkshire wins Gold at Chelsea PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 May 2012 15:49

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Brontës Strike Gold at Chelsea

Yorkshire’s Brontë Garden has won a gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The garden from Welcome to Yorkshire celebrates the famous authors and the Yorkshire landscape which they found so inspiring.

Gary Verity, chief executive of tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “The garden has had a non-stop stream of admirers since The Chelsea Flower Show opened but this was the ultimate goal, taking gold back to Yorkshire. This is the third time we’ve entered and we’re delighted to be going home with a gold medal for the first time. We hope to convert thousands of well-wishers into tourists over the course of the week.”

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2012 Unveiled PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 May 2012 17:38

The Royal Horticultural Society's Flower Show Tatton Park will open this July, once again set in the beautiful surroundings of Cheshire's stunning thousand acre deer park. Renowned for its pioneering and innovative gardens and ideas, the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park is the highlight of the North of England's gardening calendar. The 2012 Show will feature Visionary Gardens, Show Gardens, the RHS National Flowerbed Competition, Orchestra Gardens, the announcement of the National Young Designer of the Year, the Floral Design Studio, the Great Taste Food Market and much more.

Especially exciting will be the announcement of the RHS National Young Designer of the Year in association with the Society of Garden Designers on Wednesday 18 July. The three finalists for this year's competition will be launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May and each will be granted £12,000 to make their designs a reality at the Show in July - Judges will face a tough decision choosing from these talented under-28s.

This year's Visionary Gardens will bring together art and horticulture to challenge traditional ideas and boundaries of conventional garden design and engage art and sculpture in horticulture. Also on display during this year of the London 2012 Olympics will be entries for the RHS National Flower Bed Competition, celebrating the Olympics. A range of flowerbeds by local authorities and community groups from around the country will showcase the theme ‘Celebration of Sport', with each bed depicting a different sport.

Those more interested in music will be intrigued to see Orchestra Gardens, a new themed garden competition in which designers have been given the brief to create a garden that reflects part of an Orchestra. There will be five gardens each representing one musical discipline for example brass, strings and percussion.

Visitors in search of culinary inspiration should head for the Great Taste Food Market which will showcase delicious regional produce from across the UK. In addition to this Fortnum & Mason Michelin-starred Chef Shaun Hill will select the finest ingredients available at the market and incorporate them into his menu on offer in the Tatton Club and Parlour at the Taste of Fortnum's.

Garden designers of the future will also display their expertise with this year's School Front to Front Gardens. 28 local schools will create gardens based around a theme of favourite children's television programmes, Local primary schools will also be encouraged to enter the ‘Jubilant Diamond Jubilee' North West Container Competition. Containers will be on display for the duration of the Show with visitors voting for their favourite across the five days.

The popular Ladies' Day taking place on Thursday 19 July, features fashion, floristry demonstrations, cocktails and talks, promising to be a great day out.

From music to fashion and flower beds to food markets; this year's RHS Flower Show Tatton Park will be the most exciting yet. Guaranteed to be the hottest ticket in the North West this July and a wonderful day out for all the family.

The Plant Seekers PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 15:40

A new exhibition celebrating the adventures of plant hunters

The thrilling stories of some of history's most fanatical plant-hunting adventurers will be brought to life in a new exhibition by the RHS Lindley Library and The Garden Museum. The Plant Seekers will run from 17 July - 21 October 2012 at The Garden Museum, London.

The exhibition of material from the world-renowned RHS Lindley Library will tell the story of many of history's most important plant collectors, who travelled the globe and risked death, disease and bandits to transform our landscapes and grow our knowledge about plants and horticulture.

Featuring many previously unseen artefacts from the RHS Lindley Library collection, this unique exhibition will demonstrate how international plant hunting has influenced our modern British gardens.

Curated by The Garden Museum, the exhibition will also show the wider impact of plant collecting on our world, from its influence in medicine and science to the role it has played in biodiversity and other environmental issues.

For more information about the exhibition, including opening times and ticket prices, visit: www.gardenmuseum.org.uk/page/visiting-us

'Sculptural' with Peter Randall-Page previews at Devon Garden Festival in June PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 15:35

Sculptural previews at Devon Garden Festival

A major new element of the Arts & Crafts Garden Festival at Coombe Trenchard, Devon on the 1st and 2nd June, is announced today with news that renowned sculptor Peter Randall-Page will be leading a new, exclusive, preview of Sculptural, a ground breaking new sculptural art event to be held at the Estate, opening fully for seven weeks from 15th June.

Sculptural is a celebration of new British sculptural art forms and unique pieces of garden furniture and design. The event will feature pieces such as ‘Mother Tongue’ by Peter Randall-Page, whose work is represented across the world, including permanent collections at The British Museum and the Tate in London

The Sculptural preview will take place alongside the Garden Festivals very own ‘art in the Garden’ exhibition. The Festival’s exhibition will be welcoming renowned artists such as Philip Simmonds (Sculptural Ceramics) and acclaimed glass artist, Bianca Divito. Both artists will have recently displayed their work for national acclaim at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show the week before.

Curated by the William Benington Gallery, the Sculptural preview will enable Festival guests to experience an exciting and challenging mix of work, from up and coming artists such as Patrick Woof, through to more established sculptors and makers. These diverse outdoor installations will provide the perfect backdrop for the 2012 Arts & Crafts Garden Festival at Coombe Trenchard, situated at Lewdown near Okehampton. In addition to the Sculptural preview, the Festival will host expert garden speakers, including TV gardener and columnist Alys Fowler and an inspiring and eclectic range of British designers, makers and plant sellers.

Clouds, Rain and Silver Linings PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 May 2012 13:07

Current weather is challenging for gardeners, says the UK's leading gardening charity

The recent rains, says the RHS, have helped gardeners but also have caused problems. The rain has meant that, despite the drought orders in some parts of the country, there is no need to water plants. Those with water butts should now also have enough water to help them through any dry summer. But the charity warns that this spring's variable weather has created challenges in other ways.

Rain and clouds have cut light levels which have led to slow growth. Low temperatures have not helped, either. Stinging frosts experienced early in April meant plants got off to a slow start. Another effect is that nutrients have been washed too deep into the soil for young plants to access.

But there is also some positive news, according to the RHS. Weeds have not grown as quickly as they normally would, and it has been too wet and cold for insect pests to be as active as they normally would be in spring.

"On the face of it, things at the start of the growing season were good in the garden," says Guy Barter, RHS Chief Horticultural Advisor. "The dry and warm conditions in March were ideal for sowing, planting and maintaining lawns. But the wet April and now May has caused concern. What gardeners ideally need are conditions for good early root growth so that plants are able to seek out water throughout a dry summer. This hasn't been happening."

Despite recent rainfalls, water supplies in the longer term will remain tight and plants could still run short of water later this summer. The imposition of a drought order, although necessary, will potentially make things more difficult. The RHS Advisory Service is busy helping people find ways to boost plant growth so they can survive any summer heat waves.

The RHS advises gardeners to -

1. Keep lawns from getting too unkempt by mowing as soon as it is dry enough for your mower to cope with it, taking off no more than a third of the grass each time until it is back to the right height

2. Remember that when the sun shines newly plants trees, shrubs and climbers will dry out faster than the surrounding soil so be ready to water these even if the soil seems moist

3. Many plants will look yellow as nutrients are washed below the root level. This should be temporary, but applying foliar feeds to green up plants is useful in severe cases.

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For more information please contact Eoin Redahan in the RHS Press Office on 020 7821 3044 or Erin O'Connor on 020 7821 3364 or email Eoin at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Erin at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Notes to the Editor:

About the RHS

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK's foremost gardening charity, helping and inspiring millions of people to garden. We do this at our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk

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Primary School Wins £2500 Hartley Greenhouse in RHS Competition PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 May 2012 16:18



Hook Lane Primary School, in Kent, has won a greenhouse from Hartley Botanic, worth £2500, for staging the most ‘inspiring’ Get Your Growing event. They held a presentation event this morning.

Part of RHS Campaign for School Gardening, Get Your Grown-Ups Growing is an initiative designed to encourage adults to get involved in school gardening, after an RHS survey found that parents are lagging behind when it comes to gardening knowledge.

Hook Lane Primary School has been a member of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening since 2008. The Campaign encourages schools to develop gardens to be used as teaching resources, helping pupils to learn outside the classroom.

In October last year, a record 1329 schools held Get Your Grown Ups Growing events and 226 schools submitted a 100 word description of their event. These submissions were judged by the RHS, who decided the winner based on how inspiring the event sounded. Hook Lane Primary School was the winner and 25 runners-up received prize packs from CJ Wildlife containing a plastic feeder, a 5kg feeder seed and a food storage bin, for their school garden.

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