National Gardening Week

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“National Gardening Week was launched in 2010 by the RHS and aims to become the country’s biggest celebration of gardening. Thousands of people, gardens, charities, retailers, culture and heritage organisations and groups have got involved over the years and you can too.

In 2018 at the RHS, National Gardening Week is all about sharing your passion for plants. At our four RHS Gardens, we will be running activities and events which will inspire and help gardeners, including creative ideas, tips and suggestions for plants to grow indoors and outdoors.

Here are some suggestions if you’d like to get involved in 2018.

Join the celebrations

Events and activities are being run up and down the country. From beginners’ workshops to guided walks, face painting to garden parties, there’s something for everyone and everyone is invited. Find out what’s on.

Get involved

Would you like to throw a garden party, love your neighbourhood park or think your local street could do with a tidy up? Well if so, you can get involved in National Gardening Week by running your own event and registering it with us online. No matter how big or small your idea, we’d love to have you involved.

Do something fun

There are plenty of things you can do yourself or with your family to get into the spirit of National Gardening Week, from growing tomatoes on your windowsill to sprucing up your driveway.

Spread the word

Don’t forget to show your support of National Gardening Week by sharing your stories and pictures with us on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram.”

Plant Conservation Day

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Global celebration dedicated to preserving, protecting, and conserving plants for people and the planet.


Plant Conservation Day is a fantastic excuse to celebrate the importance of plants and learn more about the key role we all play in their conservation.

Plant Conservation Day was started in 2001 by the Association of Zoological Horticulture (AZH), and has been actively celebrated by zoos throughout the United States since then. In 2006, Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) partnered with AZH to help expand Plant Conservation Day celebrations to botanic gardens and develop resources to make celebrating easy and fun for any organization, group, or individual interested in conserving the world’s plants.

Check out the resources for organisers.

Fascination of Plants Day

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Aims to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science for agriculture, in sustainability producing food, as well as for horticulture, forestry, and all of the non-food products such as paper, timber, chemicals, energy, and pharmaceuticals. The role of plants in environmental conservation is also a key message.

Plants are fascinating. From one little seed, planted into soil, many green lives can arise – from small herbs up to big trees, or from ornamental flowers to substantial crops which all animals and mankind need to survive on this planet. Plant biologists estimate the total number of plant species roughly to be about 250,000. On the back of this coordinated activity we hope to plant again many virtual and constantly germinating seeds in the collective mind of the European and World Public that plant science is of critical significance to the social and environmental landscape now and into the future

Be Nice To Nettles Week

clump of nettles behind a mud kitchen, with the words 'be nice to nettles week' over the top

Celebrating the diverse range of benefits and positive impacts nettles can have on everyday life.

Sadly, the most recent online presence that we can find for Be Nice to Nettles week, is this website from 2014. But we think this celebration is one worth continuing!

The website has links to nettle natural history and usage, activities, games and more. We’d love to hear about your nettle actives – let us know via @MuddyFaces

More about nettles, from The Wildlife Trusts, here.

Stone Age Family Fun

Delve into the Stone Age with this fun educational session! Your children will learn about the tools used by Stone Age Man as well as flora and fauna that was around 40,000 years ago. With an exciting scavenger hunt quiz, testing out tools and caveman fire lighting this session is perfect for those covering Stone Age at school or as part of a home schooling programme. Plus accompanying adults go FREE!
Please be aware, many paths are not paved and uneven or have vegetation, which maybe difficult for prams and wheelchairs.
Dress ready for the weather, there maybe mud!
Booking is required for this event
Suitable for 4-12 year olds. All children must be accompanied by an adult.