The RHS launched National Gardening Week seven years ago to celebrate gardening. Thousands of people, gardens, charities, retailers, culture and heritage organisations and groups have got involved over the years.
This year, 2018, National Gardening Week is all about sharing your passion for plants. And there are plenty of opportunities to do just that at activities and events at the four RHS Gardens…
Monday 30 April and Tuesday 1 May
In the Learning Centre. Demonstrations and potting up with the National Sweet Pea Society who will be sharing their passion for plants with visitors from 11am – 4pm.
Wednesday 2 May
We’ll be joined by RHS Garden Advisor Martin Fish who will be giving a talk in the lodge at 10am followed by a walk around the garden at 11am.
Thursday 3 May
Referred to as "Downton Abbey with gardening tips" by the Guardian, Kick in the Head Theatre company will be performing its one-man play ‘Old Herbaceous’. The production is sponsored by Thompson & Morgan seeds and is about an old retired gardener recounting his life’s tales. Sprinkled with nuggets of gardening wisdom, Old Herbaceous is a witty comic portrayal of the most archetypal - and crotchety – head gardener ever to plant a row of bulbs at a British country house!
Doors open at 6pm, performance starts at 7pm
Tickets available from Harrogate Theatre Box Office:
£12.50 adults, £8 children, £40 family (2+2)
Friday 4 May
The RHS Community Outreach team will be sharing their passion for plants by delivering planting workshops that members of public can join from 11am – 3pm. In the RHS Gazebo.
Saturday 5 May and Sunday 6 May
Tulip, Daffodil & Rhododendron Show Weekend
In The Learning Centre 10am - 4pm
Sunday 6 May
Plant Heritage Spring Plant Fair - On The Main Lawn
Mon 30 Apr – Thurs 3 May
If you have ever wondered how the garden team achieve the effects that make Hyde Hall a garden of such inspirational beauty, why not join them as they share their secrets? Join a tour guide who will escort you to various locations around the garden, where our experts will be waiting to share their Garden Secrets. Each stop on the tour will last around 10 minutes, the whole experience lasts no more than an hour, allowing plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the garden and its facilities.
Tues 1 May, 7pm
Join landscape designers Adam Frost (pictured above) and Nigel Dunnett in our brand new events building as they share their passion for plants and design. BBC One’s Gardeners’ World presenter Adam, has been actively involved in the landscape design of the Hilltop Complex and will share with you his vision for this exciting new area. Meanwhile, Nigel will give you ideas and inspiration for how to turn your own garden into a dramatic and uplifting space. Tickets cost £12 per person (£16 for non-members) and can be booked by calling 020 3176 5830.
Sat 5 May
Join members of the National Chrysanthemum Society (Southern Group) for a colourful plant display, talks, slideshows and sales.
RHS Garden Rosemoor
Sunday 29 April
2.30pm. RHS Garden Rosemoor will kick off the week early with a talk by award-winning garden designers Charlotte Harris and Hugo Bugg on Sunday 29 April. The Harris Bugg Studio team, whose Kitchen Garden design for the new RHS Garden Bridgewater was recently announced, and who have won four Gold medals, two Silver Gilts and a Best in Show at RHS shows, including two gold medals at Chelsea, will discuss their passion for plants and take questions from the audience.
Tickets: Free with normal garden admission, but please reserve your free tickets online.
5.30pm. We are delighted to be hosting BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time. This is a rare opportunity to be in the audience and to ask the panel your own burning gardening questions.
BBC Gardeners’ Question Time is a Radio 4 institution, attracting more than two million listeners a week. Recorded in a different location each week, including recording at the top of Snowdon, broadcasting from Buckingham Palace and answering questions from inside Number 10 Downing Street, this long-standing radio programme has answered well over 30,000 questions since its inception in 1947.
The panel members never see the questions before the recording. With encyclopaedic and seemingly effortless answers, which are completely spontaneous, they reveal their huge experience and depth of gardening knowledge. Being on the GQT panel is not for the faint-hearted.
Tickets £4.50 for Members and Non-members. Ticket price includes a complimentary drink and garden admission from 4pm.
The restaurant will be serving a full range of refreshments until 5.30pm or why not try a delicious Victoria, Chelsea-inspired, afternoon tea but please book online in advance.
Monday 30 April
12pm at the Foliage Garden: A guided walk looking at Foliage Plants for all-year-round impact.
Monday 30 April – Friday 4 May
11am - 12pm & 2pm -3pm, based in the Courtyard
Tuesday 1 May
2pm at the Visitor Centre Courtyard: `Early Seasonal Perennials’ – A walk with one of our expert gardeners looking at some of the best early season perennials.
Wednesday 2 May
2pm at the Mediterranean Garden: `Exotic and Mediterranean Gems’ - An exciting chance to come and learn more about beautiful exotic and Mediterranean plants.
Thursday 3 May
2pm at the Fruit and Vegetable Garden ` What’s Growing? Vegetables! – A chance to have a walk and talk with our knowledgeable Edibles team in our Fruit and Vegetable Garden.
Friday 4 May
2pm at the Visitor Centre Courtyard `Interesting Trees and Shrubs’ – Come and meet our top Tree and Shrub expert who will take you for an amble through the garden to discover and learn more about our more interesting trees and shrubs.
Each walk lasts approximately 30 minutes.
David Domoney - Passion for Plants
Monday April 30
Talk followed by a Q&A session. Time TBA
I Can Grow a Sunflower
Tuesday May 1
2.30pm in the Plant centre. Jamie Butterworth presents a talk and demonstration connected to the RHS children’s book ‘I can grow a Sunflower’.