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 Horticulture Society is open to people of all ages and, as David Coton finds out, it has recently launched a new website to encourage horticulture in schools.
Nearly 20,000 schools currently participate in the RHS school gardening campaign. The new website is a fresh initiative that went live on 28 April, an enhanced resource for students and teachers.
The aim is to support and encourage more schools and youth groups to develop gardens and at the same time inspire future gardeners and botanists.
Using responsive design to create an improved user experience, it includes lesson plans, information on how and what to grow, and free access to RHS advice.
Users can bookmark the resources they find most useful and also monitor their school's progress by uploading an online achievement portfolio which helps to earn a well regarded School Gardening Award.
A special careers section will help young people if they envisage a future in horticulture.
Encouraging young people from all communities to become active citizens is at the heart of the RHS's ambitions, a determination to enable every child to develop life skills and their physical health through gardening.
This new website and their re-launched schools campaign are essential elements in this vision. For more information go to https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/home
Create a Halloween party in your house or garden with ideas and suggestions from David Coton that will keep your children and neighbours thrilled and spooked on the 31st October.
Looking for some advice on how to decorate your garden for halloween? David Coton has some great ideas to help you create a horror themed garden to scare your neighbours and any trick & treaters who come to your door.
Used originally to frighten away evil spirits, now placed near the front door to deter trick or treaters, carved pumpkins have been part of Halloween for a very long time. Here Martyn Loach explains the process of creating the scariest pumpkin in your street.
To grow the biggest, scariest pumpkin in time for Halloween isn't easy as they take some time to mature and prefer a warm climate. To have the best chance of success Martyn Loach recommends sowing seed indoors during April and then planting out in late May or June.