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Secret Garden Sundays: new for plant, food and craft-lovers

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The Royal Horticultural Society is to launch a host of new grow-your-own events.
RHS Secret Garden Sundays will take place on the first Sunday of each month from April to November (see dates, below).
Set at the Lindley Hall in London,displays will focus on what’s in season, while independent food producers will exhibit alongside stalls of plants, seeds and tools.
RHS senior shows…

Yorkshire gardeners to plant yellow flowers for Tour de France in 2014

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Gardeners across Yorkshire will be encouraged to plant yellow flowers in 2014 to celebrate the Tour de France. 
While a white rose has been the symbol of Yorkshire for over 600 years, yellow is synonymous with the cycling contest.
The Royal Horticultural Society is working with Welcome to Yorkshire, the agency which led the successful bid to bring the Tour de France…

Cash incentives for Britain in Bloom groups to cut peat

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The government has set aside £50,000 of cash in a bid to wean community gardeners off peat.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will stump up the funds while the Royal Horticultural Society will administer the scheme.
Nine RHS Britain in Bloom and It’s Your Neighbourhood groups will receive funding to help them increase their use of peat-reduced and peat-free…

Lytham is RHS Britain in Bloom champion 2013

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Gardeners in the north west are celebrating after winning the top award in community horticulture.
Lytham in Lancashire was crowned Champion of Champions in the 2013 RHS Britain in Bloom contest.
It means the town, which emerged triumphant out of 77 finalists, is officially the “cleanest, greenest and most beautiful location in Britain,” according to the RHS.
Local authorities and community gardeners celebrated at…

Become a wildlife expert over the internet

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An online ‘gardening for wildlife’ course, claimed to be the first of its kind, will help gardeners make plots more friendly to bugs and beasts.
The Virtual Gardening School, MyGardenSchool and the Royal Horticultural Society teamed up to launch the first in a series of online gardening courses.
Students get video lectures, weekly assignments, an e-book, an online classroom and personal feedback…

RHS gardens to host Taste of Autumn events

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Foodies can tease their taste buds at Royal Horticultural Society gardens this autumn.
‘A Taste of Autumn’ events, aimed at food-lovers, families, and grow-your-own enthusiasts, will be held at all four RHS gardens.
The festival will take place on 12-13 October at RHS Gardens Hyde Hall in Essex, Rosemoor in north Devon and Harlow Carr, based in north Yorkshire.
RHS Garden Wisley in…

Dahlia named in honour of Wimbledon champion Andy Murray

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The Royal Horticultural Society has served up a new dahlia in honour of Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.
Dahlia ‘Andy Murray’ is a dark-stemmed plant with golden blooms – chosen to represent the new “golden boy of British tennis,” according to the RHS.
“It’s a top-seeded flower and a certain ace for the garden,” said dahlia expert Jon Wheatley.
“It has good stamina and…

RHS Britain in Bloom ‘saves UK £23 million’

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The Royal Horticultural Society has calculated that its annual Britain in Bloom competition “saved the UK more than £23million last year”.
In 2012, community gardeners carried out nearly £8million worth of free labour.
Bloom volunteers also raised £5million through sponsorship and £10million through private investment and local fund-raising activities.
The RHS consulted 76 Bloom groups, who between them planted 20million plants last year,…

Gardeners braced for slug invasion during 2013

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It’s going to be a terrible year for slug damage. 
“The signs of trouble are already out there and gardeners are leaping into action,” said chief advisor at the Royal Horticultural Society Guy Barter.
“Seedlings are being nibbled off and daffodil flowers have been devoured.”
Slugs enjoyed a bumper breeding season last summer. Although spring has been cold, soil temperatures were not low…

Wet winter will lead to big plant losses

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Gardeners face forking out a fortune to replace plants that have rotted during the wet winter.
Experts warned that trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants may fail to spring into life, as roots have turned to mush.
Gardeners on heavy clay soil are likely to be worst affected but plants on lighter sandy soils may also struggle – as nutrients have been washed…