The words ‘national gardening week’ spark so much excitement and ideas in my mind. National days have somewhat become a novelty, It is always national something. National flower day, national spinach day, and something totally un-gardening related national puppy day! Therefore as a gardener I welcome this national event with open arms. A celebration of everything that I love and adore, gardening!
National Gardening Week is taking place 13th- 19th April 2015 and is one of the country’s biggest celebrations of gardening. Along with thousands of people, charities and retailers, I will be getting involved this year by getting out into the garden and finally making a start on my dream garden. This time last year I was a beginner a gardener, to be totally honest with you I still am! However, one of the joys of working at Thompson & Morgan is that I have learnt so much in a short period of time. I pick up tips on our social media pages, and other blogs we receive from customers and gardening experts. So hopefully, it will come into use this year.
Are you getting involved this year? There are so many events for you to go along to and not only will you have fun, but you will be sure to pick up some useful information too. Why not join the team at RHS Wisely? They will be holding numerous events, talks and demonstrations to celebrate national gardening week.
You don’t always need to go the distance to take part and it doesn’t always need to involve breaking the bank. Why not hold a garden tea party for your friends and family and let them come to you and enjoy your beautiful garden displays. Or make it your mission to get your children outside and into the garden by planting their very first sunflower? The choice is endless!
Join the celebration and start something beautiful. Don’t forget to share your support and celebrations on Facebook and Twitter, I cannot wait to see what you get up to.
RHS launched National Gardening Week three years ago and has since grown into the country’s largest celebration of gardening. With a variety of events, there will certainly be something for you to dip into and enjoy the spirit of this celebration.
2014 sees the 50th anniversary of RHS Britain in Bloom. To celebrate the UK’s biggest volunteering project National Gardening Week will be centred on ‘communities’. Every year is great success with charities, retailers and organisations coming together so why not you? Whether you decide to be creative and host your own event, or simply visit a local one, get involved and become a vital part of this tremendous week.
You may be putting your creative caps on and thinking of what you can do, so here are some ideas to get you on your way;
- Create a sensory garden – Would your community benefit from a tantalising garden for your children? Sunflowers are ideal for sensory gardens as they are bright
- Plant a tree – Encourage our wildlife and make an aesthetic area for a new tree in celebration. Native trees are best for encouraging wildlife such as Hawthorn and Oak. However, if you fancy something more ornamental try one of our Crab Apples or Cherry Trees.
- Create a local competition – Bring your community together and register your event on the National Gardening Week website
For more ideas visit: http://bit.ly/PQkGJW
Dig deeper and find an event near you: http://www.nationalgardeningweek.org.uk/Events.aspx
Please keep us here at Thompson & Morgan updated with your adventures this week via our facebook and twitter pages. We would love to hear about your gardening adventures!
Win a Wildflower Collection plus 10 packets of Wildflower Seed worth over £40
This competition is now closed. We’re delighted to announce that the winner is Emma Squire from Leicestershire. Please visit our main competitions page for more chances to win prizes.
Win wildflower plants and seeds
This week is National Gardening Week and to celebrate we’re giving one lucky reader the chance to win a Wildflower Collection. Wildlife is on the decline and creating your own mini meadow will attract beneficial insects and birds to your garden, many of which will act as pollinators and natural pest control!
The Wildflower Collection contains 20 Postiplugs™ – 2 of each variety – of foxglove, self-heal, lady’s bedstraw, ox-eye daisy, cornflower, ragged robin, field scabious, common knapweed, meadow buttercup and teasel. PLUS you’ll receive 10 packets of Wildflower Seed worth over £40!
These wildflowers will come back year after year and create a riot of colour and interest in your garden. Sprinkle the packets of wildflower seeds amongst the plug plants to create the perfect meadow.
For more information on the Wildflower Collection please click here.
How to enter
To enter the competition simply post a comment on any of our blog posts. The competition closes at midnight (BST) on Sunday 21st April 2013.
Entry into this competition is free. By entering this competition you agree to the competition terms and conditions detailed below.
There is one prize of one wildflower collection plus 10 packets of wildflower seeds worth £40 each.
The competition closes at midnight (BST) on Sunday 21st April 2013 and the winning entry will be drawn on Monday 22nd April 2013. The winner will be notified by email by 5pm on Monday 22nd April. All entries received via comments on the blog between now and the closing date will be included for a chance to win. No cash alternative available. Thompson & Morgan UK accepts no responsibility/liability for any and all electronic, network, computer or other technical malfunctions or any human error that may occur on collecting, processing and transmission of data. In the event that comments entered for the draw become corrupted or are deemed to be unsuitable for publishing or spam, these comments will be excluded from competition. Entrants agree to be bound by these rules.
National Gardening Week starts next Monday and focuses on growing wildflowers…
Support wildlife by growing wildflowers
Wildlife in gardens has been on the decline for the last 50 years, mostly because of a reduction of wildflowers in the countryside.
The aim of this year’s National Gardening Week is to encourage people to grow more wildflowers in their own gardens and to create wildflower ‘meadows’ – you can do it in a small patch of garden, it doesn’t have to be a large space!
Events are taking place across the country, including garden tours, activities for children, ‘mini-meadow’ workshops and many more. You can even register your own event – click on the links on the National Gardening Week website to find out how to organise an event.
Plants for pollinators
RHS Perfect for Pollinators – look out for this logo
Look out for the ‘RHS Perfect for Pollinators’ logo in Thompson & Morgan’s catalogues and in its online range. The RHS also has a page dedicated to plants that attract wildlife.
Plants for wildlife
Cornflower ‘Blue Diadem’ – attracts bees, butterflies and birds
Find out more about growing plants to attract wildlife – our ‘Plants for Wildlife’ page features a wealth of information on what you can sow and grow in your own garden to help beneficial insects and birds.
You’ll find lists of spring-flowering, summer-flowering and late summer/autumn-flowering plants to help you choose the right plants for your garden at the right time.