It’s no secret that we all want to spend more time enjoying our gardens when the sun is shining.

And with spring now in full swing, there’s no better time to start your gardening preparations to ensure that your outdoor area is in tip-top shape for the warmer months ahead.

Read on how to find out more about making the most out of National Gardening Week 2022…

What is National Gardening Week 2022?

National Gardening Week is an annual event hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society - and it’s the biggest and most well-known gardening event in the UK.

The aim of the event is to provide people with a place to come together and share the joys of gardening, whilst also raising awareness of the difference that gardening can make in people’s lives.

Although National Gardening Week celebrations began last week, many see the occasion as the commencement of the gardening season, with many other events following closely after.

When’s the next RHS gardening event?

UK gardening events are celebrated throughout the coming weeks by thousands across the country, who all share a collective appreciation and/or interest in gardening.

The RHS’s National Garden Week 2022 is only the beginning of what the organisation has in store on an annual basis. Here’s a list of just a few of the upcoming RHS shows:

  • RHS Chelsea Flower Show (24th of May - 28th of May).
  • RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show (23rd of June - 26th of June).
  • RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival (4th of July - 9th of July).
  • RHS Flower Show Tatton Park (20th of July - 24th of July).

How to make the most out of the gardening season

Spring is the season where gardening enthusiasts start bringing their gardens back to life.

So, we thought it would be a great opportunity to share our top tips for making the most out of the gardening season, now that National Gardening Week 2022 has officially started.

Get started

For those of you who don’t know, the start of spring up until early summer is the best time of year to start planting your seeds if you’re an avid gardener.

So, whether you’re a seasoned gardener or you just want your garden to look beautiful in time for the summer season ahead, now is the time to get started!

Visit an event hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society

Visitors will be welcomed with some of the most incredible botanical exhibits, landscapes and scenery across the country, as well as access to pop-up retailers, ambassador guest speakers and educational resources.

Visitors commonly share their snaps of exhibitions of RHS events on social media, so if you’re interested in taking a look at what others have captured from an RHS show - search the hashtag #RHSGardenDay.

Familiarise yourself with the well-being benefits of gardening

There’s plenty of research out there that shows a positive link between well-being and gardening, with many scientific studies over the years reporting that the activity has an overall positive and therapeutic effect.

So, if you’re looking for a rewarding activity that’ll allow you to reconnect with nature, whilst also potentially reducing feelings of stress and anxiety - gardening could be for you.

Visit your local garden centre for inspiration

If you’re not planning on visiting any garden shows this year, why not visit your local garden centre instead?

When it comes to gardening, one of the best ways to get creatively inspired is to visit your local garden centre. This way, you’ll be able to see what’s in season and visualise whatever catches your eye in your own garden.

Plus, garden centre employees are the experts when it comes to plants! So, they will most likely have a wealth of gardening knowledge to share, which is particularly helpful to those who are new to gardening.

Get the whole family involved

Getting family and/or friends together to help you with the gardening can be a great opportunity to bond and connect with one another.

This is especially true if you have young children in the family, as gardening can be used not only as a fun and physical activity, but also as an educational opportunity.

There’s no reason why you can’t make a day of it! Our advice would be to plan a get together on a sunny day, prepare food and share a few laughs whilst you create something beautiful together.

Host a garden party

Alternatively, if you would prefer to do the gardening by yourself, why not throw a garden party once everything is finished?

After all, spring truly is a great time to gather loved ones together to enjoy an outdoor garden party. So, if you’re planning on dedicating time and effort into making your garden look fantastic - why not organise a gathering to show it off?!

Spruce up your garden furniture

When your flower beds start to bloom and your garden is surrounded by plants that are full of life, you’ll most likely want to spend as much time out there as possible, enjoying what you’ve created. So, we’d recommend making sure your garden furniture is just as beautiful as your garden!

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Visit an open garden

The RHS aren’t the only ones making the most out of gardening season! This time of year is also when the National Opening Garden Scheme commences, which sees thousands of gardening enthusiasts being able to visit beautiful private gardens for a limited time.

The National Opening Garden Scheme has a tool on its website which allows you to filter your garden search, helping you to find one that you would love to visit.

The National Opening Garden Scheme offers gardening enthusiasts the opportunity to take a glimpse at some of the most beautiful botanical gardens the UK has to offer. This includes private gardens across England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Guernsey.

When you visit a private garden under the National Opening Garden Scheme, you’ll also be helping some great causes. This is because, in return for unique access to some of the UK’s most breathtaking landscapes, the scheme donates admission and refreshment proceedings to health charities.

Since the scheme began, the charity has successfully raised over £60 million for charities such as Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie and The Queen’s Nursing Institute.

The National Garden Scheme is also exceptionally passionate about sharing the joys and health benefits of gardening, both physically and mentally. That’s why the scheme is also responsible for supporting other charities by gifting grant bursaries to help fund local gardening projects to those who enjoy the activity.

There are also filters on their website that enable you to ensure it’s a visit well suited to your taste (e.g. plants for sale, dogs welcome, accessibility). To browse the private gardens that are opening throughout the gardening season, click here.

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We hope you’ve found our article on how to make the most out of National Gardening Week 2022 useful.

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