Celebrate National Gardening Week

Celebrate National Gardening Week 11-17 April 2016 Celebrate National Gardening Week 11-17 April 2016

It's still a long way from summer, when our gardens come alive with the smell of BBQs, but National Gardening Week - taking place from Monday 11th to Sunday 17th April - marks the start of the UK's gardening season.

As spring begins to shine through, it's time to unlock the shed, dust down the mower, pull together all your tools and prepare to spruce up your garden ahead of the warmer months. If you are looking for inspiration, National Gardening Week offers a few places to start.

On the Monday, there are free demonstrations and talks at the beautiful RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey, from 10am to 5pm. You will be seduced by the scents and colours of this magnificent garden, which is one of the stand-out spaces looked after by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Should you live further north, the charming Stillingfleet Lodge Garden in York, is holding a question and answer session with Tony Chalcraft, the local vegetable gardening expert on Wednesday 13th April. How to grow organically will be at the top of the agenda, and refreshments are served in the cafeteria.

For those on the South Coast, Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens in Hampshire will begin a round of tours on the Wednesday, right through to the final day of National Gardening Week on Sunday 17th April.

A bee in an English Garden

The centrepiece of National Gardening Week is National Open Gardens day on Friday 15th April, when many castles and historic homes around the country will open their doors and give the public access to some of the most captivating gardens in the country. Possible destinations include Ripley Castle, RHS Garden Rosemoor, Hyde Hall and Dyffryn Gardens.

The Saturday marks the Lindengate Spring Fair in Wendover, Buckinghamshire, where art and crafts share the spotlight with gardening, and there are plenty of activities for children to get involved in.

So there you have it, plenty of ways to kickstart your spring in National Gardening Week.  You might also want to take the opportunity to check out our range of cheap compost, topsoil and bark mulch while prices are cheaper than in the height of summer!