As GardenSIte's plant specialist I always keenly anticipate the HTA National Plant Show. This is my chance to visit nurseries, find out what's trending in the horticultural world and source new stock, all from under one roof.
The Royal Horticultural Society launched National Gardening Week four years ago. This year during 13 – 19 April 2015, people, gardens, charities, retailers and other organisations are again getting involved and Nathan James Dodd explains how you can too.
During this celebration of gardening various events are taking place throughout the country. There's something to interest everyone including diverse activities such as beginner's workshops, walks and garden parties.
Exbury Gardens in Hampshire are holding an exhibition of paintings and sculptures with a natural world theme, there's a daffodil trail at Arlington Court in Devon, and James Wong is talking about his new book at Garden Hyde Hall in Chelmsford.
It's great that anyone can get involved, perhaps throwing a garden party or tidying up your street. It doesn't matter how large or small the event is, just as long as you register it with the RHS.
There's plenty of other things you can do by yourself or with your family. Have a look at the list of ideas on the National Gardening Week website. This could result in you planting a green roof, starting an allotment, establishing a pond, building a bee hotel or a compost cafe.
Everything you do will be shared on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram and there's also lots of prizes.
If your keen on looking around gardens, keep 17 April free. This is National Open Gardens Day, that celebrates everything that is good about our gardens. To encourage everyone to visit one, the gardens are encouraged to offer free access.
The RHS has decided to open up its four gardens in Wisley in Surrey, Hyde Hall in Essex, Rosemoor in North Devon and Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire. If you enjoy visiting any of the gardens, you be encourage to visit other and make gardens and gardening a big part of your life.
For more information visit: www.nationalgardeningweek.org.uk
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