The RHS gardens at Rosemoor, Devon

How Does Your Garden Grow?

13th April 2012

The first ever National Gardening Week takes place this month, from 16 to 22 April, under the auspices of the Royal Horticultural Society, full of activities to ‘get the nation growing’. The RHS hopes its plans will help trigger ideas and grow momentum to engage more individuals and communities to and experience the pleasures of going green and getting their gardens blooming.

This year, many of the events, which take place every day of the week, are based at the RHS’s London headquarters, or at one of their four gardens across the country (Surrey, North Yorkshire, Essex and Devon) but, to use an appropriate metaphor, great oaks from little acorns grow…

James Rudoni, the RHS’s Director of Gardens, explains the Society’s plans: “This is the first year we’ve held National Gardening Week and we hope that it will get even bigger and attract more people over the years, becoming a key date in the gardening calendar, when everyone feels empowered to get growing and make a difference in their outside space or local community.”

One part of National Gardening Week this year can involve everyone though, wherever they live, and whatever the state of their plot. On Tuesday 17 April the RHS is launching ‘Gardens of the Nation’, and asking everyone in the country to send in their best pictures of their garden to create a historical record, a picture of the nation’s gardens in 2012. Garden owners are invited to upload a favourite picture of their own front or back garden, taken in the past year, to share with the public.

The collection of images will then form part of the RHS award-wining Lindley Library archives. Barbara Collecott, the RHS’s Head of Libraries, is very enthusiastic about the project. “Britain has a rich history of gardening,” she says. “Our gardens today are the history of the future, and it’s vital that we continue to record the evolution of our gardens, and the part they play in our society, to create a complete picture for future years…”

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