National Gardening Week

If you’re looking for ideas for a last-minute trip for your group, why not visit one of the RHS’ four beautiful gardens during National Gardening Week, which runs from 30 April to 6 May

The theme for this year’s week-long nationwide celebration of gardening is all about sharing your passion for plants, and the four RHS Gardens will be running activities and events to inspire and help gardeners, including creative ideas, tips and suggestions for plants to grow indoors and outdoors.

Commenting, Melissa Hackney, Groups Sales and Marketing Manager, says: “We are a nation of gardeners in the UK, and whether you are a mad gardener, love the health benefits of being outside, or just enjoy soaking up beautiful surroundings, a garden visit is a wonderful day out for groups.

“A visit to an RHS garden should be all about being enthused and inspired, being able to immerse yourself in the surroundings, with the chance to take both ideas and inspiration home – as well as perhaps some of the lovely plants on offer in our shops.  National Gardening Week is a fantastic time to do this, with additional activities and advice on offer across all our four gardens.”

  • RHS Garden Wisley: The historic home of the RHS

Set in the heart of Surrey, Wisley is one of the world’s greatest gardens. Ideal as a day trip from London or as part of a London or Surrey based itinerary, there are over 200 acres to discover. With countless different styles, the gardens are a delight throughout the year. Enjoy swathes of bulbs and blossom in spring, unforgettable mixed borders and roses in summer, savour autumn’s bountiful colours or visit in winter for frost- sparkled walks. Prices from £12.20pp when pre-booking groups of 10-plus.

  • RHS Garden Hyde Hall: A hilltop haven in the heart of Essex

Located just outside Chelmsford, this peaceful garden boasts wide open skies and far reaching views, with some 360 acres to explore.  Enjoy the beautiful hilltop garden, herbaceous borders, a rose garden, a Mediterranean-inspired Dry Garden, and the Global Growth Vegetable Garden, showcasing fruit and vegetables from around the world. This more formal area is surrounded by an estate with woodland, meadows and pasture, which seamlessly blends into the vast open countryside. Prices from £9.50pp when pre-booking a group of 10-plus.

  • RHS Garden Rosemoor: The perfect day out for groups

Nestled in North Devon’s beautiful Torridge Valley, Rosemoor is a hidden gem and a real treat for garden lovers whatever the season. Spread across 65 acres, within a dramatic backdrop of steep wooded valley sides, it combines formal ornamental areas filled with fragrant roses, colourful perennials, herbaceous borders and bulbs with the surrounding woodlands, which also form part of the garden, feature native trees, wildflowers and are a haven for wildlife. Prices from £9.50pp when pre-booking a group of 10-plus.

  • RHS Garden Harlow Carr: Yorkshire’s must-visit garden

On the outskirts of Harrogate, in 68 acres of glorious wooded valley, Harlow Carr captures the essence of Yorkshire within a beautiful garden setting. The garden reflects the surrounding landscapes, with water features, dry stone walling and wooded areas. Highlights include the colourful herbaceous borders, wildflower meadows, the alpine zone and the streamside walks. All that fresh air is bound to work up an appetite, and no visit is complete without a stop at the famous Bettys Café Tea Rooms. Prices from £9.50pp when pre-booking a group of 10-plus.

To find out more call 020 7821 3170 or email groups@rhs.org.uk