What is National Gardening Week?

National Gardening Week 2020 is held between April 27th and May 3rd and is run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) to raise awareness of gardening and horticulture, and to encourage more people to take part in the healthy and productive outdoor activity of gardening.

Obviously, this year’s events have had to change and the RHS are now running ‘Grow at home’.

Grow at home

Welcome to ‘Grow at home’, your gateway to gardening advice and inspiration to help everyone get growing and feel better. We’ve got daily ideas to make the most of spring plus activities for kids each week.

Click here to visit the Royal Horticultural Society website and see what grow at home is all about.

Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020

The Chelsea Flower show which should be taking place taken place on June 30th but has been cancelled due to Covid19. After the announcement Sue Biggs, RHS Director General, said “Two things have become very evident since these cancellations.  The first is that so many, whether watching on the BBC or attending the show, whilst understanding this decision, feel such an immense hole in their lives and deep disappointment that RHS Chelsea will not take place this year.

The second is how many feel they need gardening in their life now more than ever before for their mental and physical wellbeing during this national emergency.  This applies to everyone from those who are having to self-isolate to families planning, maybe for the first time, to grow their own food.

For these reasons, and to do more to support the industry, the RHS will create a Virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show, to celebrate our great horticultural industry and gardening heritage with ‘press day’ being Monday 18 May 2020 and the Virtual Show running from Tuesday 19 May to Saturday 23 May.

As you can imagine we’re at the early stages of planning this, so more details will be announced in coming weeks.  We cannot create the actual show at The Royal Hospital Chelsea, but we are looking at what we can do on our RHS website and other platforms for people to enjoy and to share the joy of gardening. We will of course be asking for the ideas and involvement of growers, nurseries, designers, landscapers and trade stands too and look forward to sharing ideas very soon.

To see what they come up with check out their website here