White Oxeye daisies and grasses line a mown path in the Orchard meadow at Greys Court, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

National Gardening Week: what’s happening

It is National Gardening Week this week, with many films, talks, events happening digitally. Here's a round up of some of the things you can do to celebrate and get involved

National Gardening Week runs from April 27 to May 3 2020 and, as with most things at the moment due to Coronavirus social distancing guidelines, is taking place mainly online. The celebration of all things horticultural involves garden organisations up and down the country, which are encouraging people to get involved in the garden and with plants throughout this week. Here are a few of the events taking place, with more to be added as they arrive.

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View of the Great Pavilion filled with visitors at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.
© RHS/Georgi Mabee

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Share what you’re doing

The RHS is encouraging people to share pictures of a flower, plant or garden which reminds you of a loved one you’re missing during lockdown. Explain why the plant makes you think of them and challenge that person to do the same. Stay tuned also for advice, inspiration and more from the RHS’ social feeds throughout the week.

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Virtual tour of Exbury Gardens

We’ll be hosting a Virtual Garden Tour of Exbury Gardens near Southampton on Tuesday 28 April, which will offer a chance to experience this beautiful garden and learn a little of its history. Watch out for it from the Gardens Illustrated website and social media channels. 

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Dobbies Garden Centre’s new podcast

Louise Midgely is hosting this new series which connects with a guest each episode as they chat about all things gardening. Watch out too for the Facebook Live Q&A sessions, on Wednesday 29 April at 19.00 and Friday 1 May at 19.00.  Head to the website for more. 

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The National Trust’s Five Minute Garden

Don’t miss the National Trust’s new book which includes tips on how to create green spaces, whatever size they are, happy. On Thursday 30 April watch out for their social media feeds for a series of videos and stories for tips on many different aspects of gardening.

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Are you doing something for National Gardening Week? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and we’ll add it to our list.