Getting Surrey Growing for National Gardening Week

Tuesday 31 March 2015

Events and inspiration at RHS Garden Wisley

Visitors enjoying 100,000 crocuses in flower on the conifer lawn at RHS Garden Wisley

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.

Throughout the week, RHS Garden Wisley will be hosting a wealth of activities to get the whole family growing this spring. From live tree carving to behind the scenes tours of the garden and turf demonstrations, there is something to inspire everyone to get their hands dirty and have a go. On Friday 17 April, the garden will be taking part in National Open Gardens Day, and throwing open its doors for free, and on Saturday 18 April at 2pm, TV gardener, James Wong will be at the garden talking about his new book, RHS Grow For Flavour.

Colin Crosbie, curator at RHS Garden Wisley, says: “National Gardening Week is all about inspiring people of all ages to get gardening. What better way to do this than with a week full of activities to bring our garden to life.”

In celebration of the week, Colin 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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About RHS Garden Wisley
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB
0845 260 9000

Opening times
The garden is open every day except for Christmas Day.
Until 5 March, then 20 October – 4 Mar 2016 Mon – Fri: 10am – 4.30pm
Sat & Sun: 9am – 4.30pm
6 March – 19 October Mon – Fri: 10am – 6pm
Sat & Sun: 9am – 6pm
The garden opens at 9am on Bank Holidays. Last admission is one hour before closing.

Admission prices
RHS members enjoy free entry with a family guest (entitlements may vary according to membership type).
Adults £12.00 (£13.20 Including Gift Aid)
Children (5 – 16yrs) £ 6.00 (£6.60 Including Gift Aid)
Children under 5yrs Free
Family (2 + 2) £29.75 (£32.75 Including Gift Aid)
Green travel by bus or bicycle £9.90 per person
Groups of more than 10 people £10.80 per person
Group visits must be booked in advance.

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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About the RHS

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

RHS Registered Charity No. 222879/SC038262