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Monday 10 September 2012

Autumn planting walks, talks and activities at RHS Plant Centres

Get ready for spring this autumn with the help of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), as the charity celebrates ‘Autumn Planting for Year-Round Colour’ with series of free talks and demonstrations at the RHS Garden Plant Centres.

Covering a range of topics from ‘Four Seasons in a Border’ and ‘Trees for Autumn Interest’, to ‘Maintaining your Hand Tools’ and spring container planting demonstrations, the programme of events will be packed-full of ideas and top tips to help gardeners get growing and create beautiful gardens.

Nigel Eaton, Head of Wisley Plant Centre and Shop, says, “Over the past couple of generations our gardening habits have changed. People have forgotten that planting in autumn whilst the soil is still warm gives gardens a head start on the year and helps plants to establish in time for spring when growth is at its peak.

“These talks and demonstrations have been designed to encourage people back into their gardens in the autumn, and to help them create something which will look really fabulous next year and for years to come.”

Visitors to the Plant Centres will also be able to pick up free autumn planting cards with planting combination ideas and take advantage of free, basic soil testing to help them make the right planting choices for their gardens.

For full details of all of the events and activities at RHS Plant Centres this autumn, visit www.rhs.org.uk/autumnplanting 
 

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Notes to editors

For more information please contact Erin O’Connor in the RHS Press Office on 020 7821 3364 or erinoconnor@rhs.org.uk


The free events and activities take place at the Plant Centres at the RHS Gardens Wisley, Harlow Carr, Hyde Hall and Rosemoor.

For entry to the gardens themselves, normal garden entry prices apply. All four gardens are open every day of the year, except for Christmas Day. Entry prices vary between each garden.

Survey of 1,000 adults, aged 18 to 56+, across the United Kingdom in August 2012.
• 12% of people think autumn is the best season for planting
• 77% think spring is the best season for planting
• 8% think summer is the best season for planting
• 3% think winter is the best season for planting
• 6% of people buy their plants in autumn
• 55% of people buy their plants in spring
• 13% of people buy their plants in summer
• 2% of people buy their plants in winter
• 24% of people said they don’t buy plants
• 80% of people did not know that just 40 years ago most gardeners put plants in the ground in autumn/winter and only recently the focus has been on spring gardening


RHS Plant Centre Wisley www.rhs.org.uk/wisley
RHS Garden Wisley, Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB
• Four seasons in a border: 13 Sept, 11am
RHS Director of Horticulture, Jim Gardiner, on autumn planting to give a succession of colour throughout the year.
• Contemporary colour: 15 Sept, 2pm
Garden designer, Andrew Wilson, provides ideas and inspiration on this key aspect of the garden.
• Spring container planting: 8 Oct, 10.30am and 2pm
Demonstrations from RHS experts on creating beautiful spring container planting combinations.
• Mixed planting to complement roses: 25 Oct, 11am
RHS Garden Wisley Curator, Colin Crosbie, on what to plant to extend the flowering season, followed by a walk to the Wisley rose gardens.
• A berrylicious garden: 2 Nov, 2pm
An RHS Garden Wisley fruit expert on planting a mixed berry garden with strawberries, raspberries and gooseberries.

RHS Plant Centre Harlow Carr www.rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr
RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 1QB
• Contemporary bulb colours: 22 September, 2–4pm
Start planning your spring colour with the help of an RHS horticulturist at a question and answer session in the Plant Centre.
• Spring container planting demonstration: 8 October, 2–4pm
Watch an RHS horticulturist create a container full of the promises of spring.
• Four seasons in a border: 25 October, 2pm
RHS Director of Horticulture Jim Gardener gives a talk in the Learning Centre about autumn planting to give a succession of colour throughout the year.*
• Autumn herbaceous borders: 30 October, 11am
Join Harlow Carr Curator Elizabeth Balmforth on a garden walk as she shares how to continue plant interest in your herbaceous border well into autumn.*
• A berrylicious garden: 2 November, 2–3.30pm
An RHS horticulturist explains how to create a mixed berry garden
*Limited places allocated on a first come first served basis. Normal garden admission applies.

RHS Plant Centre Rosemoor www.rhs.org.uk/rosemoor
RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 9PH
• Trees for autumn interest: 30 Sept, 11.30am and 2pm
Guided walks to identify trees looking good in the garden at this time of year, that you could enjoy in your own garden.
• Autumn planting at Rosemoor for year-round effect: 4 Oct, 2-3pm
A guided walk with RHS Director of Horticulture, Jim Gardiner, looking at the benefits of autumn planting and effective planting combinations and associations for year-round interest.
• Growing fruit in containers: 20-21 Oct, 11.30am and 2pm
Illustrated talks about how to successfully grow a range of fruit in containers.
• Maintaining your hand tools: 27-28 Oct, 11am-3pm
Drop-in workshops giving practical information about how to maintain gardening tools. Bring your own tools for hands-on advice!
• Plants for autumn and winter interest: 3-4 Nov, 11.30am and 2pm
Illustrated talks demonstrating plants to brighten up your garden in autumn and winter, including cultural information and plant care.

RHS Plant Centre Hyde Hall www.rhs.org.uk/hydehall
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex CM3 8ET
• Bulb planting for spring: 15 Sept, 11.30am
If you want to fill your garden with colour next spring then now is the time to start buying and planting bulbs, be it for open ground or containers.
• Autumn colour: 22 Sept, 11.30am
Hyde Hall Curator Ian Le Gros will show you some seasonal plant delights and offer advice on how to extend the flowering season right through until winter.
• Four seasons in a border: 18 Oct, 11.30am
RHS Director of Horticulture Jim Gardiner gives a session on autumn planting for a succession of colour throughout next year.
• Winter beauties: 17 Nov, 11.30am
Join us on a tour of the garden, and we’ll cover the key elements of a good winter garden including evergreens, berries, fragrance and stems.

About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s foremost gardening charity, helping and inspiring millions of people to garden. We do this at our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes. We are entirely funded by our members, visitors and supporters.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk

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The RHS believes that gardening improves the quality of life and that everyone should have access to great garden experiences. As a charity we help to bring gardening into people's lives and support gardeners of all levels and abilities; whether they are expert horticulturists or children who are planting seeds for the very first time.

RHS membership is for anyone with an interest in gardening. Support the RHS and secure a healthy future for gardening. For more information call: 0845 130 4646, or visit www.rhs.org.uk

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