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.

About

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

WIld Cocktails & Cheese Matching

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A simple event matching four cocktails made from ingredients picked from around the local area with cheeses from the South West.

Calling All cheese & cocktail lovers! Spend a relaxed and fun time in the company of an experienced drinks-maker who has worked with everyone who is anyone in the drinks industry from Jinny Goolden to the Milk Thistle, Remy Cointreau and The Botanist to Shoreditch’s finest bars like White Lyan and Nightjar to name just the ones that spring to mind!

Starting off with a fun introduction to tasting, Andy will deliver lots of helpful tips on how to transform your garden into a cocktail lovers paradise and did I mention there will be cheese too!

You’ll taste each cocktail ‘blind’ to remove any pre-conceptions and focus on flavour before re-tasting it with a carefully-chosen artisan cheese.

An unusual way to learn about the world of pairing in a fun, hands-on way!

Andy will be on hand to answer any cocktail, homebrew or foraging questions you might have.

Wild Cocktails and Cake

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A simple event matching four cocktails made from ingredients picked from around the local area with small cakes from the deli kitchen.

Who doesn’t like cake and cocktails?

Spend a relaxed and fun time in the company of an experienced drinks-maker who has worked with everyone who is anyone in the drinks industry from Jinny Goolden to the Milk Thistle, Remy Cointreau and The Botanist to Shoreditch’s finest bars like White Lyan and Nightjar to name just the ones that spring to mind!

Starting off with a fun introduction to tasting, Andy will deliver lots of helpful tips on how to transform your garden into a cocktail lovers paradise and did I mention there will be cake too!

You’ll taste each cocktail ‘blind’ to remove any preconceptions, and focus on flavour before re-tasting it with a carefully chosen hand baked cake.

An unusual way to learn about the world of paring in a fun, hands-on way!

Andy will be on hand to answer any cocktail, homebrew or foraging questions you might have.

Gin Safari

Forage for botanicals to create your own gin

When you make your own gin you can capture memories – the plants & herbs that are the smells of blissful afternoons with friends and loved ones. Making your own gin means you can literally be drunk on nostalgia. With this class you’ll be balancing the flavours of your life, and making your very own foraged gin.

During this workshop, we will familiarize ourselves with the plants used in gin. Andy will also introduce you to the flavours used in gin so you’ll have an idea of how yours work before we crack on and make your own gin right there on the spot using the botanicals that we will have foraged. This makes this course pretty unique!

A bit more about Andy Hamilton and the workshop:

“For more than half my life (and I’m not too young) I have been honing new ways to share my joint lifelong obsessions of plants and booze. My aim has always been to entertain as much as inform and I allow the group or audience to dictate what they get from me and thus create an event perfect for that moment in time every time.

I have appeared on international TV talking about these passions and have written three books – Booze for Free, Brewing Britain and The Selfsufficientish Bible. I also consult with the industry and I work extensively with the Botanist gin, hosting events for bartenders, chefs, foragers and industry professionals from around the globe. You may have also heard me on Radio 4’s Food Programme.”

So what is a Gin Safari, what will we be doing?

We will find a green space and have a short foraging walk where we will pick the botanicals needed to make gin. Then we’ll then return to the venue and drink a wild cocktail whilst I talk you through the process. We will have a tasting and it will be your turn to make some gin. I’ll also show you how you can make your own at home without any expensive equipment.

 

 

Be Nice To Nettles Week

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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.