Royal Horticultural Society ‘Helps New Gardeners Grow’ their Skills for National Gardening Week 2017

Friday 16 December 2016

Next year National Gardening Week (10 – 16 April 2017) will focus on ways of inspiring people to garden

Spring is a time for renaissance in gardens as they awaken from their winter sleep, bursting into vibrant colours and bringing myriad delightful scents and new blossoms. It is surely the perfect season to explore the beauty of the outdoors and celebrate the nation’s National Gardening Week, which runs from 10 to 16 April in 2017.

For next year's theme, ‘Help New Gardeners Grow’, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) hopes to inspire home gardeners to gain new green skills and reap the many health benefits of growing plants and being active outdoors. Throughout National Gardening Week, all four RHS Gardens will host activities to showcase the benefits of gardening and inspire new gardeners to engage with nature at all levels: from the kitchen windowsill to container gardening, alongside many other projects. 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 RHS Gardens Wisley, Harlow Carr, Hyde Hall and Rosemoor will arm gardening novices with the skills they need to create a harmonious environment indoors as well as outdoors. With a range of activities and advice available throughout the week, there will be something for seasoned garden enthusiasts as well as complete beginners.

• On Sunday 9 April across the four RHS Gardens, families will be given plant cuttings to grow at home. There will also be demonstrations of how to grow a money plant from a single leaf.

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

• On 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.

For full details of all events please visit the National Gardening Week website:

Matthew Pottage, Curator of RHS Garden Wisley, said: “During this special week in the gardening calendar, we are hoping to inspire those who have never grown a plant, or are a little hesitant about gardening, to try their hand at this rewarding activity and enjoy all the benefits it brings.”

A survey commissioned by the RHS in 2014 found that getting people outdoors and gardening improves their mental and physical health, as 95% of UK adults said that being in a garden lifted their moods.

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.

The four RHS Gardens will be leading the campaign, with other gardens across the UK encouraged to take part. In 2016, hundreds of events were held during the week at gardens, museums, community groups and parks across the UK.

All activities are subject to normal garden admission. For more information and images, or to cover any events, please contact Hannah Dolby on 020 7812 3042 or

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About RHS Garden Wisley
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB
0845 260 9000*
Admission prices: Adults - £14.50, Children (5 – 16yrs) - £7.25, Children under 5yrs - Free

About RHS Garden Harlow Carr
RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1QB
0845 265 8070*  
Admission prices: Adults - £11.00, Children (5 – 16yrs) - £5.50, Children under 5yrs - Free

About RHS Rosemoor
RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon, EX38 8PH
0845 265 8072*  
Admission prices: Adults - £11.00, Children (5 – 16yrs) - £5.50, Children under 5yrs – Free

About RHS Hyde Hall
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET
0845 265 8071*  
Admission prices: Adults - £11.00, Children (5 – 16yrs) - £5.50, Children under 5yrs – Free

•(Calls to RHS ‘08’ numbers cost 5p per minute, plus your telephone service provider`s access charge.)

RHS members enjoy free entry with a guest (entitlements may vary according to membership type).
Full details can be found at

About the RHS
The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. Our vision is to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener, healthier, happier and more beautiful place. We believe everyone in every village, town and city should benefit from growing plants to enhance lives, build stronger, healthier, happier communities and create better places to live.

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. At our gardens and shows and through our scientific research, publications, libraries and our education and community programmes we inspire a passion for gardening and growing plants, promote the value of gardens, demonstrate how gardening is good for us and explain the vital roles that plants undertake.

The RHS is committed to bring the joy of gardening to millions more people, inspire the next generation of gardeners and invest in the future to safeguard a £10.4 billion industry employing more than 300,000 people. 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: 020 3176 5820, 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

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