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“Bloomin’ Marvellous” - 100 year old ‘Hole Park Blue’ PDF Print E-mail

Tuesday, 18 September 2012 14:01

Garden enthusiasts will be excited to learn the later than usual flowering agapanthus, unique to Hole Park Gardens, is ready to bloom.

Situated in the pretty village of Rolvenden in Kent, the 100 year old plants, aptly named ‘Hole Park Blue’, is a wonderful addition to the already colourful summer herbaceous borders.

This impressive variety of Agapanthus was named ‘Hole Park Blue’ by Plant Heritage (formally known as the National Council for the Conservation of Plants & Gardens (NCCPG)) in 2010.  The plants flower at several points around the garden until the winter frosts arrive.

PRESS RELEASE: Grounded gardeners bloom with Eden Project horticulture course PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 14:01



Grounded gardeners bloom with Eden Project horticulture course

A group of London gardeners who created the acclaimed rooftop garden at London’s Southbank Centre are visiting the Eden Project in Cornwall to study for a professional horticulture qualification.

The group, known as Grounded Ecotherapy, come from East London’s Providence Row Housing Association, who provide housing and support services. Many of the gardeners have been homeless or have had problems with alcohol or drugs.

Members of Grounded have previously worked with Eden’s landscape and horticulture team on big projects such as two show gardens at the esteemed Chelsea Flower Show in 2009 and 2010.

They have also created a rooftop garden at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the Southbank Centre’s Festival of Britain 60th anniversary celebrations last year, which has been further developed for this year’s Festival of the World.

Five years on, over half way there PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 14:01

Five years on, over half way there

Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) brings gardening to more than 3 million UK children


Schools up and down the country are baking cakes from home-grown produce to celebrate the RHS Campaign for School Gardening's fifth birthday tomorrow (19 September). The campaign works with more than half of all UK schools and the number is growing every day. This means that an estimated 3.2 million children now benefit from gardening through the charity's initiative.

Nearly 16,000 schools have signed up to the RHS Campaign for School Gardening since it began in 2007. It was set up by the RHS to help children learn about growing, healthy eating and the environment. RHS research also proves that gardening in schools can improve literacy and numeracy skills, as well as increasing child's readiness to learn and improving children's self-esteem, confidence and motivation.*

The campaign has been so successful that schools in 96 countries outside the UK including Cambodia, Mexico, India and the USA have joined the scheme, giving them access to a large bank of online resources that include lesson plans in all subjects, risk assessments, planning resources and more.

Dorothy Clive Garden to host Chilli Festival and Food Fair on Sunday 23rd September 2012. 1st release. 11.09.12. PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 02:36

The Dorothy Clive Garden is to host a Chilli Festival and Food Fair on Sunday 23rd September from 11am to 5pm. This special fundraising event will include various food and chilli related activities such as a fire breathing display, salsa music, chilli crafts and colouring for children, plus various stall holders who will be selling products from chilli oils, seeds and jams to chutneys, sauces and plants.

Feast on the Flavours of Autumn PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 September 2012 05:04

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Feast on the Flavours of Autumn


Celebrate the harvest season with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) this October (17 - 21), as the annual Grow Your Own Autumn festival returns to transform the charity's gardens into a wonderland of seasonal flavours.

Across the gardens the festivities, supported by Mr Fothergill's, will include pumpkin carving, apple tasting, mouth-watering cooking demonstrations and colourful displays of local produce. Combine the visit with a walk around the gardens to see the beautiful autumn colours and ask the on-hand RHS experts any burning grow-your-own queries.

Colin Crosbie, RHS Garden Wisley Curator, says, "Autumn is an exciting and important time in the growing calendar, when all the hard work of gardeners comes to fruition. We are celebrating this at all our gardens with the Grow Your Own Autumn Festival. Visitors can come along and enjoy delicious locally grown produce and take some tips for growing their own food at home."

RHS Exhibits Innovative Digital Botanical Artwork PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 September 2012 04:57

RHS Lindley Library Wisley displays work by award-winning artist Niki Simpson


Images: copyright Niki Simpson

Visitors this autumn to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) garden in Surrey, RHS Garden Wisley, will have the chance to get a closer view of the plant world with an exciting exhibition that takes an innovative approach to botanical art. Taking a Closer Look by Niki Simpson will run from 4 September - 9 December 2012 at the RHS Lindley Library, Wisley.

Niki Simpson is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning artist. Developed from traditional botanical art, her innovative, largely photographic work, aims to combine the best of the old with the technology of the new.

Expert Gardeners of the Future Recognised PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 02 September 2012 03:47

Diplomas presented by RHS School of Horticulture

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is presenting 21 diplomas and certificates to the charity's trainee gardeners at RHS Garden Wisley today. Nine students will receive the Wisley Diploma in Practical Horticulture, a further five Wisley Trainees receive the charity's Special Options Certificates and another seven from our gardens at Hyde Hall, Harlow Carr and Rosemoor will be presented with the RHS Certificate in Practical Horticulture.

"This year's recipients have been exceptional," says James Rudoni, RHS Director of Gardens. "We are really proud of everyone who has received an Award today. They have worked so hard and we know that they will be great ambassadors for the RHS in the future."

Dahlias for Everyone PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 04:15

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Dahlia ‘Stadt Spremberg' Dahlia ‘Jessica' Dahlia ‘Crystal Beauty'

Dahlias for Everyone

RHS calls for gardeners to vote on their favourite dahlia

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is asking visitors to RHS Garden Wisley to vote for their favourite dahlia. There are 86 dahlias in this year's RHS Trial and the charity hopes that gardeners will visit the Trials Field and give their views on which they consider are the best. Voting papers will be available at the trial's plot, and those with the greatest number of votes will become the ‘People's Choice'.

Visiting the trial is a great way for gardeners to compare and contrast and can help them choose the dahlia that works best for their garden. Earlier this year, in the Hyacinth ‘People's Choice', four of the five most popular cultivars chosen corresponded to those selected by the expert committee as outstanding plants worthy of an Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

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