Children learing about plants

The RHS was founded in 1804, and our core objective is to be the world’s leading gardening charity by inspiring passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. In everything we do, we will aim to use our guiding principles, which are to:

  • Inspire

  • Involve

  • Inform

  • Improve

Our strategic objectives

  1.  Be known, loved and trusted as the charity for all gardeners
  2.  Safeguard and advance the science, art and practice of horticulture for the benefit of future generations and the environment
  3.  Transform communities through gardening
  4.  Create world-leading horticulture that inspires people to garden
  5.  Nurture and grow our membership throughout the UK
  6.  Provide a voice for all gardeners, sharing and building expert knowledge
  7.  Delight our customers with exceptional service and products
  8.  Be a great place to work where everyone makes a difference
  9.  Have efficient business practices that deliver maximum income for our charitable purpose
  10.  Make horticulture a career to be proud of.

Read more about our strategic objectives and how we achieve these in our Annual Reviews.


RHS Vision

Our vision is to enrich everyone's life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.

Read more about the RHS Vision (2.5MB pdf)

Our charitable purpose is

“The encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture in all its branches.”

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