Helping new gardeners to grow


This year’s National Gardening Week, running from 10–16 April 2017, will focus on ways to inspire home gardeners to gain new green skills as well as gain the many health benefits of growing plants and being active outdoors.

The four RHS Gardens are also joining in the National Gardening Week fun and will host a range of activities and projects from simple kitchen windowsill growing to container gardening, so that there is something to interest everyone.

The RHS is also encouraging organisations across Britain to get involved and hold their own events, from spring walks to gardening workshops.

Activities planned at the four RHS Gardens include:

  • Workshops and Q&A sessions with gardening experts will take place at all RHS Gardens throughout Easter

  • Sunday 9 April: across the four RHS Gardens, families will be given plant cuttings to grow at home and there will also be demonstrations on how to grow a money plant from a single leaf

  • Thursday 13 April: visitors will be encouraged to bring along their house plants to a ‘Houseplant Hospital’ at RHS Gardens, where specialists will advise on the best remedies and solutions for treating poorly plants

The aim of National Gardening Week is to raise awareness of the diversity, richness and cultural value of the UK’s gardens, and to inspire new visitors to experience and enjoy them.

In 2016, hundreds of events were held during the week at gardens, museums, community groups and parks across the UK.