Wildflowers, keeping Britain beautiful and promoting horticulural careers will be highlights of 2013 National Gardening Week, 15th - 21st April
Sowing wildflowers to make Britain beautiful and buzz with wildlife throughout the summer and promoting the breadth of horticultural careers and the impact they have on the economy and environment, are key themes for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) during the 2013 National Gardening Week, 15 – 21 April.
As well as working with partners and the horticultural world to celebrate the week, the RHS and Mr Fothergill’s will be giving away 10,000 packets of wildflower seeds* for people to sow mini wildflower meadows in raised beds and gardens. The first 10,000 people to register online at nationalgardeningweek.org.uk from 15 March will be sent a packet of seeds.
Wildflower mini-meadow workshops will take place over the weekend of 20 and 21 April at the four RHS Gardens: Wisley in Surrey, Hyde Hall in Essex, Rosemoor in Devon and Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire. The RHS will also promote its Perfect for Pollinators plant lists. There will also be advice and ideas online to help people sow and grow wildflowers and other plants to help pollinating insects source pollen and nectar.
On Thursday 18 April the RHS will host interactive activities at all of its gardens for school pupils and college students to get a taste of the breadth of horticultural careers. Students will be able to interview and garden with scientists, botanists, TV presenters, curators, artists, horticulturists and people from across the gardening world to find out about opportunities.
On Saturday 20 April, anyone considering a career in horticulture as well as career changers with an interest in gardening will be able to visit RHS Garden Wisley for advice and inspiration.
Sue Biggs, RHS Director General, says: “After enjoying the Olympic Park meadows in 2012 there is a great appetite from the British public to create their own version at home, which is great news for pollinating insects.
“We’ve also made promoting horticultural careers a key theme for us during National Gardening Week 2013, especially as there is a shortage of young people coming into the horticultural world, which is of major concern to the industry and sad for so many young people missing out on incredible career opportunities.
“Sowing the wildflower seeds and promoting horticultural careers are interactive projects, which will also provide opportunities to learn and should reap rewards in the future,” says Sue Biggs.
People will also be inspired to garden and grow at RHS Flower Show Cardiff, 19–21 April, the Society’s first major gardening event of the year, which will also celebrate National Gardening Week with gorgeous gardens and spring plant displays.
The RHS is calling on the nation to keep Britain beautiful with the 2013 National Gardening Week. People and organisations throughout the UK can register their plans to get people gardening and make a difference to their environment via www.nationalgardeningweek.org.uk.