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View of meadow of Narcissus at Seven Acress in Spring at RHS Garden Wisley
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RHS gardens closed along with Kew and NGS gardens

Published: March 23, 2020 at 11:42 am

The RHS has announced its gardens will shut for the foreseeable future in light of Coronavirus guidelines

In light of the recent coronavirus guidelines the RHS, along with a host of other organisations, has announced it will be closing its gardens until further notice.

A visitor to RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The National Garden Scheme also announced on Sunday 22 March that it will be closing all its gardens until further notice.

The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew announced on the weekend that both Kew and Wakefield would both be closing too. The National Trust took the decision on the weekend to close all its gardens.

Last week it was announced that RHS would be holding a Virtual Chelsea Flower Show, with more details to be announced in due course. 

A statement released by the RHS read: "Our utmost responsibility and concern is for the health and safety of our staff, members, visitors and volunteers. Yesterday (21 March 2020) was a very busy day at our gardens, and we felt we were no longer able to guarantee the Government’s requirement for social distancing. We are sorry for the disappointment this will cause all our valued members and visitors but we will re-open to visitors as soon as Government advice allows, and when we feel it is safe to do so.

"Our increased number of RHS advisors are working from home and will continue to answer all RHS member gardening questions, and The Garden magazine will continue to be published. As so many of us will be spending more time at home gardening, we hope these valuable services will be of benefit to our members. We will also be sharing pictures and films of our gardens online and on social media so that everyone can stay connected and enjoy the beauty of nature and our gardens from afar. A reduced level of staff from our horticulture teams will continue to look after our living collections of world class plants within our gardens."


Please check individual websites and social media channels for the most up-to-date information.


Daisy Bowie-Sell is digital editor of Gardens Illustrated. She has previously worked as a journalist for publications including the Daily Telegraph, WhatsOnStage and Time Out London


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