Create Your Coronation Container to celebrate National Gardening Week 2023

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) will kick off National Gardening Week 2023 on 1 May, for a week of gardening across the UK, in the lead up to the coronation of King Charles III.

This year the theme for National Gardening Week is ‘Create Your Coronation Container’ as the RHS calls on people to celebrate King Charles and his love of horticulture by creating colourful planting schemes in whatever available space they may have, whether that be a window box, a hanging basket, or even an old pair of wellies.

The King is known as a champion of the environment and an ardent supporter of the nation’s passion for gardening, so the RHS is inviting people to produce jubilant planting schemes to mark the beginning of his reign.

Participants are encouraged to let their imaginations run riot in concocting colourful displays, whether they feature a nod to the King in the form of his favourite flower, the delphinium, or perhaps Alchemilla Mollis, the preferred plant of the Queen Consort. 

The RHS is calling on those who get involved to share images that capture the coronation spirit on their social media channels, using the hashtag #nationalgardeningweek.

National Gardening Week is the nation’s biggest celebration of gardening and raises awareness of the difference that gardens and gardening can make to the lives of everyone in the UK. It inspires more people, particularly the next generation of gardeners, to experience the joy of growing and creating beautiful green spaces.

The RHS hopes that as many people as possible - whether that be community gardening groups, schools, organisations, families or individuals - will get involved.

Clare Matterson, Director General of the RHS, says:
“Immersing our hands in soil, gardening and being in nature brings joy and happiness, lifting our spirits and benefiting our physical health. National Gardening Week is all about encouraging even more people across the country to experience that joy for themselves, regardless of their background or plant knowledge. Given King Charles’ well documented love of gardening we’re calling on the nation to get planting in the week of his coronation, and I can’t wait to see people’s creativity come to life.”  
For more information about National Gardening Week, visit the RHS website at:

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For further information contact Gina Miller [email protected] T: 0207 821 3042
About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) was founded in 1804 and is the UK’s largest gardening charity.
The RHS vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place via its inspirational gardens and shows, science research and advisory, extensive library collections and far-reaching education and community programmes. With over 600,000 members the RHS also shares its horticultural knowledge and expertise with millions of people every year through its website and publications.
In 2021, the RHS launched its Sustainability Strategy, committing to be net positive for nature and people by 2030. The supporting RHS Planet-Friendly Gardening Campaign will continue to harness the power of the UK’s 30 million gardeners to help tackle the climate and biodiversity crisis.
We are solely funded by our members, visitors and supporters.
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The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.