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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


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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:


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.

Mother’s Day at RHS Gardens PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 February 2012 12:27


21 February 2012

Mother’s Day at RHS Gardens

Looking for an inspirational day out for the whole family, this Mother’s Day, 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.

With activities from lunches to teas, and gifts from plants to orchids as well as RHS Flower Show tickets, or memberships, for those that still need to make that last minute purchase. With a milder spell of weather now upon us, witness the fabulous plants at last exploding into leaf and flower; there is something for all the family to enjoy.

RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey

Enjoy glorious spring colour, displays of daffodils and camellias, as well as the exotic Orchids in the Glasshouse display. For a special treat, book lunch or Afternoon Tea in the Conservatory Dining Room (call 01483 225329 to book).

The RHS flagship property, RHS Garden Wisley is one of the finest gardens in the world. For more than 100 years it has been a showcase for horticultural excellence, world class plant collections and outstanding large scale gardening displays. With over 200 acres of land, for families, the sheer size of Wisley gives great scope for fun and discovery. There are family trails with ideas of the best spots to explore, things to look out for and fun activities in the garden. There is even a dedicated RHS Garden Wisley I-Spy book to keep younger visitors on track. Would-be jungle explorers can venture into the Tropical Zone of the Glasshouse, whilst bird lovers can visit the bird hide, or see the ducks on the lake. The arboretum and pinetum are great for spotting pine cones, there is a fascinating ‘plants for bugs’ area and seasonal bug-collecting and insect- identification activities, whilst children of all ages will love the outdoor play area with its naturally created climbing and balancing equipment.

For more information please visit www.rhs.org.uk/wisley

Prices: RHS members plus one guest: free

Adult: 10.50, Child (5-16): £4.50, Children 4 and under: free; Family: (2 adults/2 children) £27.00

RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate

Not sure what to get for the mum who has everything? Treat her to a relaxing day out at RHS Garden Harlow Carr and pure indulgence at Bettys Café Tearoom with a garden and dining package including an elegant afternoon tea or a delicious breakfast brunch. Bring her along to the Plant Centre and let her choose from the vast selection of plants on offer, where the knowledgeable staff will offer tips and guidance to create perfect plantings!

Located on the outskirts of Harrogate, Harlow Carr captures the essence of Yorkshire within a beautiful garden setting. The garden design replicates the natural spirit of the region, with features evoking the surrounding landscapes, including water features, dry stone walling, wooded areas and also some ornamental aspects redolent of Harrogate itself. For families, the garden offers a combination of wilderness and sense of adventure in a landscaped, self contained setting, with a log maze, family trails, children’s play area and woodland dens.

For more information, please visit www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

Prices: RHS members plus 1 family guest: free
Adult: £7.50; Child (5-16): £3.75; Children under 5: free; Family: (2 adults/2 children) £20.25
Normal garden admission applies.

RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Essex

Treat your mum to lunch this weekend in the Barn Restaurant at Hyde Hall. Mother’s Day lunches are on Saturday 17 to Sunday 18 March 2012, between 12- 2.00pm. Choose from either two-courses at £21.95 or three-courses at £23.95.Table reservations essential on 01245 402 103.

With wide open skies and far reaching views, RHS Garden Hyde Hall is the perfect place for families to discover the great outdoors, with plenty to keep children occupied. Located just outside Chelmsford in Essex, it consists of an 8 acre, intensely cultivated hilltop area, with numerous features, including a colour themed herbaceous border, two ponds, a rose garden, farmhouse garden and woodland garden. This more formal area is surrounded by vast open countryside, with vast swathes of grasses and perennials on Clover Hill, and an estate beyond comprising of developing woodland, hedgerows, bee hives, meadows and pasture. It is a haven for wildlife with multitudes of songbirds and brown hares running across the meadows.

For more information, please visit www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall.

Prices: RHS members plus 1 family guest: free

Adult: £7.00; Child (5-16): £3.50; Children under 5: free; Family: (2 adults/2 children) £18.90

RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon

Not sure what to get the Mum who has everything? Bring her to the Plant Centre and let her choose her own plants,10am-5pm. Plant a container with, or for Mum on this Mother’s Day Weekend. Purchase plants from the RHS Plant Centre and get them planted up and wrapped (free event in Plant Centre and Gift Shop). Mother’s Day lunch, Sunday, 12pm–2.30pm, in the Garden Kitchen Restaurant, serving a gourmet two-course meal with gift, for all those deserving Mothers.

Nestled in the Torridge Valley in North Devon, just south of the North Devon coast and west of Exmoor National Park, RHS Garden Rosemoor is spread across 65 acres. Within a dramatic backdrop of steep wooded valley sides, it consists of sculptured gardens intercepted by cool restful areas of parkland, meadows and trees. It is a wonderful place for children to explore, with its winding paths and different areas to discover. The Brash is the family picnic and play area, a natural hideaway in the woods for children (and adults) of all ages to enjoy. With log stepping stones, dens that are perfect for hide and seek, giant bugs to spot and bird feeding there’s plenty to keep everyone busy. For more information, please visit www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor.

Prices: RHS members plus one guest: free
Adult: £7.50, Child (5 -16): £3.75, Children under 5: free; Family: (2 adults/2 children): £20.25


RHS Gifts:

RHS shows - treat your mother to a day out she will remember for a long time with tickets to an RHS show. Choose from the spring-flavoured RHS Show Cardiff in April, the world-famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in July and the relaxed RHS Flower Show Tatton Park in Cheshire, also in July. www.rhs.org.uk

RHS Gift Membership - give your mum a gift she'll thank you for every single day this Mothers' Day – RHS Gift Membership. You’ll give her a year of free garden visits to share; The Garden magazine monthly (worth £51 alone), and friendly one-to-one gardening advice from our experts. So nothing need get in the way of indulging her passion for gardening. This all comes wrapped up and ready to give away, so she’ll have something to open on the day - all for just £51.

Gardening in Drought Conditions PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 February 2012 22:27
Date 20 February 2012
Gardening in Drought Conditions
Following the announcement from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) of drought conditions in the southeast of the UK, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Members’ Advisory Service has issued some information for gardeners.
The charity suggests four key things to do to protect plants in drought conditions. Firstly RHS experts advise that soil cultivation is of key importance. Gardeners should dig in large amounts of garden compost, manure or other organic matter. This will help improve soil structure and in turn will help water retention and water availability to plants.
RHS Suggestions for Olympic and Jubilee Celebrations PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 February 2012 15:05



Date 14 February 2012

RHS Suggestions for Olympic and Jubilee Celebrations



The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has launched an advisory page on its website (www.rhs.org.uk) providing advice and suggestions to gardeners wanting to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics by creating red, white and blue planting schemes.

The charity has brought together a selection of plants with red, white and blue flowers that will go well together. The RHS Members’ Advisory Service has even anticipated the challenge of getting these colours in the garden in time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June.

“Unfortunately June is not the best time to have masses of colour from plants grown from seeds,” says Jenny Bowden, one of the RHS Member Advisors. “But we have come up with some great suggestions that are relatively easy to grow. We know how important these two wonderful events are to people and we just thought that some patriotic planting would help in the celebrations.”

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