Will you be taking part in the first National Gardening Week?

From the 16th – 22nd April we will see the first RHS National Gardening Week. The aim of this week is to encourage everyone to experience how wonderful gardening can be.

Wildflower meadow © Nita Joy Designs

Wildflower meadow © Nita Joy Designs

There are many events to encourage  the beginner take their first steps – to the more advanced gardener

 

Running from the 14th-15th April, this year has a great theme, encouraging us to grow wildflowers in our gardens and communities.

It is no secret that I am a huge wildflower fan! Did you see the recent, lovely, Sarah Raven wildflower T.V series?

The aim of this years Britain in Bloom is to encourage neighbourhoods, schools, businesses… to grow wildflowers.

Could this be an idea for your business?

Even though the official registration has now closed, we can all still take part by buying some seed and growing it in our gardens.

You can buy seed from  Landlife, Pictorial Meadows seeds, or from your local garden centre.

Buglife and the RHS are also running a special pollinator survey, encouraging us to record the plants that bees, flies and butterflies are most attracted to. At the moment it is only opened to registered individuals and groups, but it may be open to the general public too, so if you are interested sign up on their home page for further information.

 

On the 16th April the RHS Garden Advisory Service are providing a free gardening SOS service. So if you have any questions, I suggest contacting them on this day, as usually this service is only available to RHS members!

 

  • Gardens of the Nations

On the 17th April the RHS are encouraging us to share our photos of our gardens with them, as a record of UK gardens today. :)

 

On the 20th April the RHS is launching a new school gardening campaign at the Cardiff RHS show.

 

There are many other initiatives and campaigns, have a look and see if there is something you would like to take part in.

If there is anything that I would emphasis from the RHS Gardening Week, is the need for us to grow more wildflowers in our gardens  and communities. The importance of helping insects can’t be emphasised enough! And we can all play a part, even if you have a few pots, sprinkled with wildflower seeds, it will make a difference :)

 

So get out there and enjoy the beauty of plants and maybe make some new friends along the way :)

 

Anita

 

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Anita Hunt
Anita is a Christian writer and pastoral worker, running Scattering the Stones Ministry and Hope Flourishes Ministry. Her heart is to share God's love and His message of hope, particularly with those who are hurting. She recently began a new service called Be Encouraged. Anita loves to record the beauty of nature through her camera lens, She is also a children’s author, running an anti-bullying campaign to encourage children who are being bullied, to tell someone.
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