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Celebrate Autumn with the RHS PDF Print E-mail

Wednesday, 12 September 2012 02:36

11 September 2012

Celebrate Autumn with the RHS


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Free Day Friday at RHS Gardens, 5th October 2012

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is opening its world-renowned gardens for free on Friday 5 October 2012. 'Free Day Friday' is available to everyone with an interest in gardening. On the same day the RHS is also hosting a Plant Society Open Day at each garden. Click here to find out more

Don’t Wait Until Spring to Get Your Garden Growing PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 September 2012 06:16

Don't Wait Until Spring to Get Your Garden Growing

RHS launches autumn planting campaign

Two generations have forgotten that autumn planting gets gardens in shape for the following year, saves money and helps many plants better establish, according to a survey commissioned by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

Forty years ago gardeners knew that autumn was a prime time for planting, but today just 12% of people think it is the best time to get plants in the ground, and only 6% of people purchase their plants during the season*.

The RHS is launching a campaign ‘Autumn Planting for Year Round Colour', to promote planting in autumn when the soil is still warm. This gives plants the head start they need to get established in time for spring when growth is at its peak. Once established, their root systems can cope with summer's dry, warm conditions and plants are less likely to fail.

Community-built Olympic garden wins silver award at Tatton Park RHS Flower Show PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 28 July 2012 18:12
A garden created by Manchester residents in honour of Olympic athletes scored a silver medal at the RHS Tatton Flower Show earlier this week.
The highly-commended garden features a running track made from flowers as well as a restored topiary boxer, fencer and medal winner which was used during the Commonwealth Games.
RHS judges gave the garden, which can be seen by the public until Sunday July 22, a silver award in the flower bed category.
The garden was designed and created by residents led by Mike Garnett, who now works for Manchester City Council’s grounds maintenance staff, after learning his trade as an apprentice last year.
Mike, aged 23, from Newton Heath, said: "I’m really proud of this. There was a tremendous effort from all the volunteers involved and it’s paid off.
"Last year it was all new but I got a lot of experience, we’ve all learnt a lot more and this year it’s shown in the results."
Mike, who worked on the city’s Tatton Park garden last year, was helped by other Manchester residents and also had assistance from the City Council.
The garden will be coming into the city centre from July 24, where residents will be able to see it as part of the Dig The City display.
Cllr Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, said: "The fact that Michael worked on our garden last year as an apprentice, but has now come back to design and create his own garden, is testament to his skill and hard work.
"This success shows the amazing amount of enthusiasm and creativity that Manchester residents have, and reflects the effort, energy and care that has clearly gone into producing this high quality entry."

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.

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.

Horticulture for healing - Horatio's Garden, in memory of Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple, is a space designed to benefit the patients of a spinal unit. PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 03:38

Horatio’s Garden is under way. The garden at the Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre in Salisbury is a tribute to Horatio Chapple, the 17-year-old Eton schoolboy who hoped to study medicine and had volunteered at the hospital, where his father David worked. Horatio was killed by a polar bear while on a British Schools Exploring Society trip in Norway last August.

The designer of the garden is Cleve West, who won best in show at the Chelsea Flower Show last year. Cleve gained a deep understanding of the problems associated with spinal injuries when a close friend was severely injured 14 years ago and admitted to the unit for a year.
RHS Press Release: Alan Titchmarsh: We must act now PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 17:16




18 April 2012

Alan Titchmarsh: We must act now

RHS Conference: ‘Horticulture, a Career to be Proud of’

Today, the gardening world gathered at the RHS Horticultural Halls, in London, to take the first steps to solve a serious problem; the current perception of gardening as a career. A recent RHS survey found 75 percent of under-18s think it’s a career for dropouts, and 70 percent say it was never recommended to them at school.*

As part of the first National Gardening Week, ‘Horticulture, a Career to be Proud of’, saw key figures in the gardening world**, from Kew’s top scientist to the Chelsea Show Manager, give talks to an audience made up of MPs, the media, representatives from the Horticultural and Educational Industries etc, in an effort to change the perceptions of horticulture being an unskilled, second-choice career.

Conference Chair, Alan Titchmarsh, gave a passionate and rousing speech (attached) calling on the horticultural industry to reach out to careers advisors in schools and highlight the enormous breadth and variety of careers within the industry. He also called on MPs to start acting now.

Alan said: “One in five young people are now out of work, and 100,000 more people are expected to be added to the current unemployment figures this summer. Our industry will need 11,000 new employees over the next decade, within this I include journalists, writers, broadcasters, garden centre workers, garden designers, arboriculturists, growers, marketing and PR executives, buyers, sellers, association workers, green-keepers, conservationists, florists, countryside workers, manufacturers, ground maintainers, charitable workers and local authority workers. All of them, in their own way, ‘gardeners’.”

The RHS survey showed that 75% of under-18s think that horticulture is a career for people who have failed academically. 50% of 25 year olds think it is an unskilled career, and 70% said horticulture was never recommended to them at school. There is an urgent need for this to change.

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.

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