Make History With Your Garden

Thursday 5 April 2012

RHS Gardens of the Nation, Tuesday 17 April 2012 part of National Gardening Week

People across Britain can make history on Tuesday 17 April, as part of National Gardening Week. The RHS, the UK’s leading gardening charity, is asking gardeners to share their pictures of the UK’s hidden plots, and create a picture of the nation’s gardens in 2012.

Led by the work of the world-renowned RHS Lindley Library, Gardens of the Nation is an RHS campaign to preserve for history a record of the styles and trends that we see in our gardens today, and share it with the nation.

The campaign will launch on Tuesday 17 April, when garden owners can post their favourite picture of their own front or back garden, taken in the past year, onto www.flickr.com/groups/gardensofthenation to share it with the public.

The collection of images will form part of the RHS Lindley Library archives.

Barbara Collecott, RHS Head of Libraries, says: “Britain has a rich history of gardening, and looking back at our archives tells us a huge amount about the social, economic and cultural history of our country. Our gardens today are the history of the future, and it’s vital that we continue to record the evolution of our gardens, and the part they play in our society, to create a complete picture for future years.”

With an unrivalled collection that spans almost 500 years, the RHS Lindley Library is the world’s most important gardening archive, and celebrates the history of gardening in all its forms.

Throughout National Gardening Week the RHS Lindley Library will also be hosting an audio-visual exhibition of images by the renowned garden photographer and plants-woman, Valerie Finnis, at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey. The exhibition will feature images of UK gardeners, including famous faces such as Geoff Hamilton and Margery Fish.

For more information please email gardensofthenation@rhs.org.uk

National Gardening Week has been launched by the Royal Horticultural Society to get the nation growing. To find out more, visit www.nationalgardeningweek.org.uk or www.facebook.com/nationalgardeningweek

For more information please contact Laura Price in the RHS Press Office on 020 7821 3688 or lauraprice@rhs.org.uk
 

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The RHS Lindley Library is the world’s leading horticultural resource. Its collections of literature, art and archives span 500 years of gardening and have been awarded Designated Status by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

National Gardening Week has been launched by the RHS to get the nation growing. Thousands of people across the UK are coming together and getting involved to enjoy, share and celebrate everything about gardens and gardening. Communities and organisations are pulling out all the stops to host garden open days, garden parties, quizzes, plant swaps and a wealth of other activities to share advice or lend helping hands to friends, neighbours and the local community.

RHS Garden Wisley
Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB
T: 0845 260 9000
www.rhs.org.uk/wisley


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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