Wildflowers, keeping Britain beautiful and promoting horticultural careers will be key themes for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) during the 2013 National Gardening Week. From 15 – 21 April workshops and events will be held throughout Britain encouraging people to sow wildflowers to make the country beautiful and buzz with wildlife throughout the summer. There will also be events and workshops promoting horticultural careers – and the impact they have on the economy and the environment.
Wildflower meadows are integral to the horticultural infrastructure of any country, and support all kinds of wildlife, including bees and other pollinating insects. The loss of many wildflower meadows worldwide to development, as well as the fashion for tarmacking or paving over gardens, has contributed to an alarming decline in the bee population. 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. Can’t attend or don’t live in the UK? There will be advice and ideas online to help you sow and grow wildflowers and other plants. The RHS Perfect for Pollinators plant lists are a great place to start.
By registering with the National Gardening Week website you can be in with a chance to win one of 200 packets of wildflower seeds being given away every day this week if you live in the UK. But no matter where you live, even planting a small pot of wildflowers can make a big difference to your local environment.
Sue Biggs, RHS Director General, said: “After enjoying 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.”
Horticulture is a thriving industry; employing 300,000 people from scientists to tree surgeons, it contributes £9 billion to the British economy each year. On Thursday 18th April the RHS will host interactive activities at all of its gardens to give school pupils and college students a taste of the wide variety of careers that are available. Students will be able to interview and garden with scientists, botanists, TV presenters, curators, artists and horticulturalists to learn more about opportunities. Anyone considering a career in horticulture, including career changers, is encouraged to visit RHS Garden Wisley for advice and inspiration on 20 April.
There will also be lots of inspiration at the RHS Flower Show in Cardiff, running from 19 – 21 April, which will celebrate National Gardening Week with gorgeous gardens and spring plant displays.
National Gardening Week is a wonderful time for everyone, no matter where they live, to consider the impact of horticulture on their lives. Growing even a few flowers or plants can have a profound impact on the world around you and be an incredibly positive influence in your life. Caring for a small flower pot or garden is a great activity for young children, helping to teach them about the natural world and how to enjoy something they have helped to create themselves. So whether it’s a few pots of herbs on your front porch or a gorgeous floral display in your garden, National Gardening Week is the perfect opportunity to go wild about gardens and get growing!
This is not a sponsored post. While my thumb is far from green, I love flowers, plants and gardening and want to encourage everyone to create a garden of their own, whether it’s a few pots on a balcony, some herbs on a kitchen window sill or lots of flowers in their back yard.