Gardening events this week
by Drucilla James
Image courtesy of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Spices Botanical Bar
In Chelsea week, find out all there is to know about plants at at a range of festivals, shows and themed events and then learn how to write about your inspirations too.
Walk in the Woods
Join with community groups, environmental organisations, local authorities and volunteer tree wardens, who are organising walks in the woods including tree and bluebell trails, healthy walking routes and bat and badger watches – all designed to remind us of the importance of trees and the need to plant more for future generations.
When: Friday 1st May to Sunday 31st May
Booking: For details of events near you visit http://www.treecouncil.org.uk/TakePart/Near-You
Festival of Plants
At this plantathon, you can pop in to the Pop-Up Plant Science marquee to find out about current research, take an expert tour, or drop in to listen to some bite-size science in the Talking Plants Tent. You can also get advice on which plant goes where or how to home compost, pick up some unusual plants for the garden, and have a fun day out making herbal concoctions with the family.
When: Saturday 16th May
Where: Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Booking: Some events can be booked – check out the address below for details
Address: Cambridge University Botanic Garden, 1 Brookside, Cambridge, CB2 1JE
Chelsea Fringe, the alternative gardening festival, kicks off this week and is bigger and more eclectic than ever. Get involved early by visiting a Floating Garden or the ultimate garden shed at Chelsea Harbour, learning how to Dig, Eat and Dye or how to grow your own living wall at the Athenaeum.
When: Saturday 16th May to Sunday 7th June
Find out about all events at the address below:
Garden Appreciation Weekend
Keen gardeners are invited to celebrate spring with Monty Don. This hotel weekend includes a guided tour around the estate gardens and meals.
When: Saturday 16th May
Where: Tylney Hall Hotel, Hampshire
Price: £262 or luncheon only £94.50
Booking: call 01256 745533 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: Tylney Hall, Rotherwick, Hook, Hampshire, England, RG27 9AZ
Essex Garden Show
Speak to local garden designers, visit specialist growers, enjoy expert talks in the Gardening Theatre, and buy some plants to take home for the garden when you visit this show.
When: Friday 15th May to Sunday 17th May, 10am to 5pm
Where: Brentwood Centre, Essex
Booking: Book online here http://www.aztecevents.co.uk/gardenshows.htm
Address: Essex Garden Show, Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9NN
Full of Spice
Explore the botanical origins of spices, including the distant lands in which they grow. Barter at the Spice Exchange, step out in the Tamarind Tango, book yourself on to a cardamom rickshaw or see giant garlic, chilli and ginger inflatables – all on offer and much more at this Kew festival.
When: Saturday 23rd May to Sunday 6th September
Where: The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Price: Included in day entry ticket
Booking: Buy tickets in advance here http://www.kew.org/buy-tickets
Address: The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB
Creative writing and gardens
Inspired by the Physic Garden, develop your writing skills using works of well-loved authors as examples.
When: Friday 22nd May 9.30am to 4pm
Where: Chelsea Physic Garden, London
Booking: Call 020 7349 6458 or book online at the address below.
Address: Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HS
Super Power Flowers
Learn about how plants use their mighty powers to battle against the elements. See the Wonderland mini gardens created by schools too.
When: Saturday 23rd May to Sunday 31st May
Where: RHS Garden Wisley
Price: Included as part of usual admission prices
Booking: Book online here https://gardentickets.rhs.org.uk/rhswi/buy.aspx?tid=2
Address: RHS Garden Wisley Lane, Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB