Getting Essex Growing for National Gardening Week

Monday 30 March 2015

Events and inspiration at RHS Garden Hyde Hall



Visitors enjoying the spring blooms at Hyde Hall

From 13 – 19 April, the UK will be flexing its green fingers and celebrating National Gardening Week, with events and activities to get the nation growing.

National Gardening Week was launched four years ago by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and since then it has grown into the country’s biggest celebration of gardening. Thousands of people, gardens, charities, retailers, culture and heritage organisations and groups get involved and this year there are more than 200 events taking place across the UK.

In celebration of the week, RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex, will be hosting a Spring Gardening & Wildlife Weekend to get the whole family growing. From Saturday 18 to Sunday 19 April, there are plenty of activities to encourage visitors to have a go at gardening, with talks and demonstrations from expert gardeners, and wildlife advice from the RSPB, Essex Wildlife Trust and the Hyde Hall resident bee-keeper. There will also be a static falconry display and the chance to stock up on plants at the Essex Plant Heritage Fair.

On Friday 17 April, the garden will also be taking part in National Open Gardens Day, and throwing open its doors for free.

In celebration of National Gardening Week, Ian Le Gros, Curator at RHS Garden Hyde Hall, has a few tips to get everyone growing at home, whether they have a large garden or just a window box:

• Look after your lawn by giving it a trim if it’s started to get long. Mowing little and often is better than cutting it very short and letting it grow back. You can also use a spade (if you lack an edging iron) to tidy up the edges of the lawn by creating a little ‘gutter’ around the lawn, and preventing grass from creeping from the lawn into the borders.
• Sow carrots and beetroot in containers this month for a quick harvest of tender, tasty baby roots – simply pull, trim and rinse them, and cook them whole. Similarly, sow spring onions in pots for flavouring salads and garnishes.
• As the temperature starts to climb, remember to increase the amount of water you’re giving to your houseplants and add a little liquid fertiliser.
• Get the kids involved and plant some early peas. Great in pots, or in a flower bed, the seeds can be sown now, ready for picking and eating, fresh from the pod, in early summer. Support them as they grow with twigs from the garden or string and sticks.
• Annual flowering plants, such as pot marigolds and nasturtiums, can be planted outside now to brighten up any sunny container or border, and are also great to add to salads for colour and flavour.

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RHS Gardens are open every day, except for Christmas Day. Opening times and admission prices vary. RHS members enjoy free entry with a family guest.

RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET 0845 265 8071

About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood for the encouragement and improvement of the science, art and practice of horticulture. We held our first flower shows in 1820, were granted a Royal Charter in 1861 and acquired RHS Garden Wisley, our flagship garden, in 1903. From our first meetings in a small room off London’s Piccadilly, we have grown to become the world’s largest gardening charity.

Today the RHS is committed to providing a voice for all gardeners. We are driven by a simple love of plants and a belief that gardeners make the world a better place. 211 years on we continue to safeguard and advance the science, art and practice of horticulture, creating displays that inspire people to garden. In all aspects of our work we help gardeners develop by sharing our knowledge of plants, gardens and the environment.

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

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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

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