A new National Gardening Week aims to get Brits sowing, hoeing and mowing in 2012.

National Gardening Week will get the nation growing

Set to take place on 16 to 22 April, nurseries, garden centres, garden clubs, charities, schools and the media are all being urged to get involved.

The initiative was devised by the Royal Horticultural Society, which will give away 20,000 gardening starter packs with free seeds.

Gardeners will be shown how to make horticulture their career, and daily gardening question and answer sessions will take place on the social networking website Facebook

RHS director-general Sue Biggs said National Gardening Week would “open the doors to gardening and inspire everyone to give it a go”.

“Gardening is life-enhancing, it’s vital for the environment, creates beautiful spaces and best of all is great fun. I hope the week encourages more people to benefit from this wonderful pastime,” Sue said.

ITV’s Love Your Garden presenter, Alan Titchmarsh, was quick to back the event. “This week is about highlighting the importance of gardening,” said Alan.

“I hope the gardening world, from horticultural colleges to charities and gardeners, embraces the opportunity and uses it to promote the importance and joy of growing plants.”

BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time panellist Chris Beardshaw gave National Gardening Week the thumbs up, too.

“None of us wants to see our gardening heritage under threat, so taking part in National Gardening Week is a great way to celebrate, learn and pass your knowledge on. Think – in just one week you or someone you know could start a lifelong passion,” Chris said.

Go to www.rhs.org.uk/nationalgardeningweek