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Press Release: Fabulous Spring Colour Awaits Easter Visitors to Hole Park Gardens in Kent PDF Print E-mail

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 17:08

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Fabulous spring colour awaits Easter visitors to Hole Park Gardens in Kent

The beautiful Hole Park Gardens in Rolvenden, Kent will open to visitors every day from Easter Sunday 8 April until 31 May 2012.

The gardens, which have been planted with spring visitors in mind, will delight visitors at Easter as the gardens and woodlands will be awash with masses of spring bulbs and flowers including primroses, scillas, daffodils and tulips.  The mature camellias and magnolias are also an impressive sight at this time of year.

April and May is one of the best times to visit the garden and even if the ground is soft underfoot the all-weather paths, which meander through the 15 acre garden and woodland, will make the going easier.

Once mid-April arrives visitors start to think of bluebells. This year Hole Park is making it easier to plan a visit to see the bluebells with their new bluebell barometer which sits on the Hole Park website. Throughout the bluebell spectacular a mass of purple flowers carpets the woodland floor as far as the eye can see with an equally impressive scent which fills the air.

***RHS News Update*** PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 09:27


Rosy news from the RHS

The RHS is celebrating record membership figures and announcing, as part of the biggest investment programme in its history, the creation of two RHS centres, in Scotland and Yorkshire. Please click here to continue reading.

RHS gardener working with two children at RHS Wisley

Britain gives National Gardening Week the Thumbs up

The nation is gearing up for the UK’s first National Gardening Week, 16 – 22 April 2012, with an array of schools, libraries, community groups and gardening clubs signing up to take part and make sure it is an action packed week. Please click here for how people can get involved.

National Gardening Week to Launch New RHS Quest for Young Talent

RHS Show Cardiff (20–22 April) is the launch pad for the first Young School Gardener of the Year competition – a nationwide search to find the best young grower in the land. Aimed at gardeners up to the age of 16, the annual competition will be a key initiative in the first National Gardening Week (16–22 April) Click here to read more about the competition.

RHS Plant Committees get involved in National Gardening Week

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced there will be three ‘Committee Clinics’ taking place during National Gardening Week at Partner Gardens around the country. The locations of these gardens have been chosen to further strengthen the nationwide activities taking place during the week. Click here to find out more.

2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show Artisan Gardens announced

The Artisan Garden category returns to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, sponsored by M&G Investments, for a second year with extraordinary exhibits from designers using natural, sustainably resourced materials and traditional craftsmanship to create stylish gardens. Click here to get the full list of gardens.

Compare and Contrast

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is asking gardeners to vote for their favourite hyacinth from the 25 different cultivated varieties growing in this year’s hyacinth trial at RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey. The charity will announce the gardeners’ choice in late April. Please click here to continue reading.

Activities at RHS Gardens this May

Looking for an exciting day out for the whole family this May, where you can entertain adults and children alike with relaxing walks and a variety of events all in one place? Then families need look no further than their nearest RHS garden for a fantastic day out. Please click here to continue reading.

Discover a world of sumptuous orchids and stunning botanical art at the RHS London Orchid and Botanical Art Show, 16-17 March 2012.

Get involved: e-newsletter, Facebook, YouTube. Twitter: @The_RHS, #RHS


West Littleton Open Gardens Weekend: 9/10 June 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 March 2012 15:30


Saturday and Sunday, 9 and 10 June 2012

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A wide range of gardens in the picturesque Cottsold village of West Littleton (near Bath) will be open to visitors on Saturday, 9 June and Sunday, 10 June from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.

One of the first villages in the UK to launch the ‘open garden’ concept nearly 30 years ago, West Littleton’s gardens  range from traditional country cottage and woodland gardens through to formal landscaped gardens and sweeping lawns.  Rose gardens, herbaceous borders, orchards, productive vegetable and fruit gardens and wildflower areas - something for all!

How to brew compost tea PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 March 2012 06:18

Gardeners everywhere are turning to organic fertilisers to keep their plants healthy and thriving due to the adverse effects chemical fertilisers have on the soil and the environment.

Worm castings or bat guano can easily be brewed into a highly concentrated fast acting liquid fertiliser .

Here is a simple guide to brewing your own vemicompost/guano tea:


Entry Opens for the 2012 RHS Photographic Competition PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 March 2012 12:52

Entry Opens for the 2012 RHS Photographic Competition


Pictures: Mark Saunders, Stephen Webb (2011 RHS Photographer of the Year) and Tim Hunt

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has launched its global search for the most inspirational and creative garden photography. Amateur and professional photographers of all ages are invited to submit their entries online, for the chance to be crowned RHS Photographer of the Year and win £1,000.

The RHS Photographic Competition was first hosted at RHS Garden Rosemoor in 1997. Since then the competition has grown vastly, attracting thousands of entries from around the world.

Saturday, 03 March 2012 08:27

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The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has partnered with national charity Groundwork to celebrate both charities’ work to get local communities gardening and involve more people in transforming neighbourhoods.

In a unique effort to mobilise people from all walks of life to get involved in making their streets, parks and neighbourhoods greener places to live, the RHS and Groundwork have devised a series of show gardens, designed by landscape designer and broadcaster Chris Beardshaw.

15,000 Schools Sign Up to RHS Campaign PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 March 2012 23:18



15,000 Schools Sign Up to RHS Campaign

Backed by Alan Titchmarsh


15,000 schools have now signed up to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Campaign for School Gardening, backed by the nation's favourite gardener Alan Titchmarsh, meaning the charity is helping nearly half of all UK schools to garden, engaging an estimated 3 million children.

Set up only four-and-a-half years ago to encourage and support schools to use gardening as a teaching resource, the campaign has gone from strength to strength and Berryhill Primary School, in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, has become the 15,000th school to register.

Through new initiatives like RHS Young School Gardener of the Year, which is being launched during the first National Gardening Week (16-22 April), the RHS will continue to shout about the importance of gardening in school in the hope of signing up, by the campaign's fifth birthday this September, more than half of all schools in the UK.

An Orchid Oasis Under Glass PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 February 2012 17:53



21 February 2012

An Orchid Oasis Under Glass

Orchids in the Glasshouse, RHS Garden Wisley (17 March – 15 April), is a celebration of all things bright and beautiful. It combines exotic colour, tropical heat and innovative planting displays to create a perfect oasis for orchid lovers and enthusiasts.

Immerse yourself in orchids throughout the Glasshouse; ranging from the cooler-growing species of Oncidium and Cymbidium, forming a naturalistic island display in the temperate zone, evoking the forest landscapes of the Himalaya.

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