Health and happiness takes the focus


This year's National Gardening Week was a huge success despite erratic weather, with lots of events and other activities held across the country. As well as hosting garden tours and talks, many gardens and associations embraced this year’s theme of ‘Get Fit in the Garden’, which explored how gardens can make you healthy and happy.

Activities that took place in the gardens included: 

  • Knebworth House Gardens held fitness sessions (pictured right)

  • Knoll Gardens offered gentle morning yoga classes

  • Kent Association for the Blind provided gardening advice for people with sight problems

  • Mental health charity Lindengate hosted a spring fair in their therapeutic garden

  • Maldon in Bloom Voluntary Group organised Tai Chi sessions at Leech Memorial Garden

  • Doddington Hall and Gardens gave people the chance to practice Hanami (the ancient Japanese tradition of enjoying the beauty of flowers) during their cherry blossom festival 

The four RHS Gardens joined in with the fun with activities such as mummy fitness classes, health and wellness talks, and the chance to meet the gardeners and hear about how their work keeps them fit and happy. On the Friday there were also lots of opportunities to tour and visit gardens for free, as part of National Open Gardens Day.

Next year’s National Gardening Week will run from 10-16 April – registration isn’t yet open, but do keep an eye on our registration page for further information. 

Photo © Knebworth House / Rob Ryder