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National garden week 20165 years ago the National Gardening Week was launched by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). It has since then has grown into the country’s biggest celebration of gardening. Thousands of people, gardens, charities, retailers, culture and heritage organisations and groups are involved.

National Gardening Week 2016 will be taking place between 11-17 April. This year's theme will be ‘Get Fit in the Garden”.  It will be exploring the ways in which gardens and gardening can enhance our wellbeing.

“The UK’s gardens are as valuable, beautiful and important as our great country houses, museums and national parks and should be just as cherished.

They provide people with enjoyment, relaxation and delight; give urban dwellers green spaces in which to breathe and enjoy nature; educate people about biodiversity and food security; preserve our great plant collections; attract tourists to our shores; and provide employment to thousands.”
RHS (2016)

Whats on during National Gardening Week?

There will be celebrations, events and activities taking place across the country. From beginner’s workshops to guided walks, face painting to garden parties. There is something for everyone!

Have a look at the National Gardening Week website to find events in your area. 

For this year’s National Gardening Week a number of gardens that normally charge for entry or are closed to the public open their doors for free, giving as many people as possible the chance to visit them and find out for themselves what makes gardens so brilliant.

The RHS has committed to opening its four wonderful gardens for free on the 15th April

  • Wisley in Surrey

  • Hyde Hall in Essex

  • Rosemoor in North Devon

  • Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire

Many of the RHS Partner Gardens, and lots more have joined the campaign and will be throwing their doors open for free as well.

How Gardeners can get involved

If you would like to get involved in National Gardening Week 2016 there are a number of ways to do just that. Perhaps you would like to...  

  • Throw a garden party

  • Love your neighbourhood park

  • Tidy up your local street

You can get involved in National Gardening Week by registering and running your own event, no matter how big or small your idea, RHS would love to have you involved.  

You or your family can share the fun of National Gardening Week.  What ever you do, building a pond, to making rhubarb jam, spread the word!  Show your support of National Gardening Week by sharing your stories and pictures on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Prizes will be given away all week.

Ideas for Garden Week events

National Gardening Week organisers have a few ideas to get you thinking for 2016:

  • Get a few people together to transform or clean-up an unused or neglected space in your area.

  • If you have a garden or outdoor space, hold a garden party and invite your friends and neighbours.

  • Hold a fundraising event to raise money for a local community garden or project. Hold a cake sale, a sponsored weeding marathon or a bring and buy sale.

  • Organise some family activities in your local park. Get children to make a paper pot and plant a sunflower seed inside.

  • Run a mask making or face painting session with butterflies, flowers, bugs and beasties as themes.

  • Make flower and leaf collages, herb teas or rhubarb jam

  • Give out recipe cards, activity sheets or gardening factsheets from our Things To Do section.

Do you have any favourite gardening tips or stories?

Horticulture is such a massive subject we always welcome suggestions and experience from visitors.

If you do, get in touch and let us know – you can also do it on Facebook or Twitter.


By Alastair Baker at 23 Mar 2016, 00:00 AM