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Tulip Lovers Together PDF Print E-mail

Thursday, 05 April 2012 17:04

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Tulip Lovers Together

April 11th is the day for tulip lovers across the country. The Royal Horticultural Society's (RHS) Daffodil and Tulip Committee has organised a special tulip-packed day for anyone with an interest in this iconic spring flower. There will be talks on tulips in the wild, tulips in the gardens and even tulips for exhibitions.

"We are really excited that we have a day focused solely on this fantastic bulb," says Jim Gardiner, RHS Director of Horticulture. "Tulips are incredibly versatile bulbs and bring a splash of colour to all parts of the garden whilst adding a touch of elegance."

Tulip Day is an ideal opportunity for gardeners to compare and contrast as there will be displays of a wide variety of different types of tulips. And for those who are unsure of what type to grow or even what varieties that are easiest to start with there will be lots of tulip enthusiasts willing to share their knowledge.

Tickets to this event cost £15 and include refreshments. The Tulip Event is run in conjunction with the RHS London Flower Show at the Horticultural Halls, Greycoat Street, London SW1. Normal show entry fees apply at £6 for non-members and entry is free to RHS members.

To attend the Tulip Event it is necessary to book in advance by calling 0845 6121253.

 
Cure drought despair at RHS Plant Fair PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 11:25

Cure drought despair at RHS Plant Fair

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As the country prepares to face drought conditions, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is hosting the RHS Great London Plant Fair (10-11 April), where people can receive expert gardening advice on dealing with the drought, and stock-up on plants.

A total of 27 leading UK nurseries, some RHS Chelsea Flower Show regulars will have a wide range of plants on offer. Exhibitors such as Plantbase, Blueleaf and Trewidden to name a few, will be providing plants that can survive the dry weather. Visitors can also expect Southern Hemisphere plants at Fibrex, and Mediterranean favourites at Stonecrop, perfect for drought conditions. This wide selection of plants and gardening accessories, teamed with expert RHS advice, will equip gardeners with everything they need for the year ahead.

 
Gardening with a Hosepipe Ban PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 April 2012 16:27

National Gardening Week will help gardeners affected by the hosepipe ban

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The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is determined to help people affected by hosepipe bans to continue to grow plants and garden. For the first time the charity is letting anyone use its RHS Members' Advisory Service on Monday 16 April for drought-resistant gardening advice as part of National Gardening Week 2012.

The RHS has conducted extensive research into gardening in drought and anyone can call with their gardening questions on 01483 226540 between 10am and 4pm or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it on 16 April for top tips to be water wise and the best plants to choose to cope with dry conditions.

Throughout National Gardening Week, 16-22 April, there will also be opportunities to speak to gardeners and advisors at all four RHS Gardens; Wisley in Surrey, Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire, Rosemoor in Devon and Hyde Hall in Essex (where the Dry Garden has not been watered for eleven years). Extensive advice and drought-gardening tips will be a key theme on RHS social media channels during the week.

 
Keep Blooming in the Draught PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 April 2012 13:18




Over the last 18 months areas of Britain have seen the lowest levels of rain fall in living memory and this is having serious knock on effect on the rivers, reservoirs and ground water levels.

As news of impending hose pipe bans were announced by various water companies in the South and the East of the U.K, many gardeners instantly became worried as to what might happen to their flowers, veggie patch and pristine lawns during the spring/summer months.

 
National Gardening Week, Environment Day PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 April 2012 11:22

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National Gardening Week, Environment Day

To celebrate National Gardening Week, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is dedicating a day to advising people on how to be greener in the garden. Gardening for the Environment day is the theme of Thursday 19 April, when RHS Gardens, along with a number of local councils, will provide advice and tips to encourage and help gardeners to be more environmentally friendly. Click here to read more

RHS Chelsea, Fresh category announced

New for 2012, the Fresh category challenges designers to come up with cutting-edge gardens that are experimental and less conventional in design than traditional Chelsea Flower Show gardens. Designers in this category will be under fewer constraints than in other garden categories, and designers will embrace other fields such as technology, video and art in their gardens. Click here to read more

 
Noël Kingsbury joins Alys Fowler at Coombe Trenchard Garden Festival PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 March 2012 15:58

Noël Kingsbury joins Alys Fowler at Coombe Trenchard Garden Festival

The 2012 Arts & Crafts Garden Festival at Coombe Trenchard (1st & 2nd of June) welcomes celebrated plantsman, Noël Kingsbury, to its programme of garden talks.  Noël will join TV gardener and columnist, Alys Fowler, and other illustrious guests to this captivating ‘Best of British’ themed Festival on the Devon and Cornwall border.

Noël will be holding an ‘audience with’ session at 3pm on the Saturday 2nd June. Noël is a leading expert in contemporary planting design and is best known for his naturalistic and sustainable planting style.  A distinguished writer on plants and gardens, he contributes to The English Garden, and the Royal Horticultural Society's magazine, The Garden. As a regular lecturer, both here in the UK and abroad, Noel will be a captivating speaker for the true garden enthusiast.

 
Planting the Seeds For Grow Your Own Weekend PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 March 2012 16:57

Planting the Seeds For Grow Your Own Weekend

The annual Grow Your Own (GYO) campaign launches this Friday (23 March) with a new theme around growing for taste. The RHS, in partnership with the new GYO supporting sponsor Mr Fothergill's, is giving away 40,000 packs of seeds to the first 10,000 people to register at www.rhs.org.uk/seedgiveaway

The lucky first 10,000 will receive the following 4 free packs each, all selected for their great taste

  • Sweetcorn Swift F1
  • Salad Onion Ishikura
  • Squash Sunburst F1
  • Tomato Sweet Million F1 AGM

Nigel Slater stars on the website, in the first of our exclusive new videos with him. In our first instalment he advises how to plan a tasty container of Mediterranean herbs for year round use. The video was filmed on location at RHS Garden Wisley, alongside RHS Horticultural Team Leader Rebecca Bevan.

After signing up to the Campaign, members will receive the monthly GYO e-newsletter which is packed with video tutorials, RHS expert advice and fantastic prizes and offers to help them on their way to successful growing.

Colin Crosbie, Curator at RHS Garden Wisley said: "The GYO Campaign aims to help people grow really tasty produce that they want to eat. Our website will feature seasonal recipes, a video blog from Wisley, and great ideas for family activities."

RHS Gardens around Britain will celebrate the campaign launch with their Grow Your Own Weekend of events, from 24-25 March 2012. A host of activities at the gardens will provide opportunities for family fun and learning: get help from RHS gardeners, watch practical planting demonstrations and find out how to be creative with your produce at the cookery demonstrations.

 
Chelsea comes to Cheshire with the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park Ladies' Day Thursday 19 July PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 17:17

RHS FLOWER SHOW TATTON PARK LADIES’ DAY 2012

Wednesday 18 – Sunday 22 July, Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6QN

Ticket prices range from £19.50-£23 and are on sale now. Two children under 16 go free with an accompanying full paying adult. To buy tickets: www.rhs.org.uk or call 08448 713 079

The RHS Flower Show Tatton Park will once again host Ladies’ Day on Thursday 19 July, 2012, set in the beautiful surroundings of Cheshire’s stunning thousand acre deer park. Glam up for this special day with the chance of being named Best Dressed at the Show. Tickets for both the day and evening events on Thursday 19 July are available now and are sure to sell out soon.

Ladies’ Day is the perfect opportunity for visitors to dress up and be judged as the best dressed, with the winner being presented with a bottle of champagne. The day also offers fashion shows, fashion demonstrations, cocktails and talks – all promising to be a great day out:

 
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