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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…

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…

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…

Gardeners deny spreading potato blight

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The Potato Council has accused amateur gardeners of spreading potato blight – leading to poor harvests and price rises.
Commercial growers say amateur gardeners often fail to identify blight outbreaks quickly, and don’t know how to control it. This, they say, led to rapid spread of late-blight across the UK. 
But gardening groups leapt to defend Britain’s growing band of allotment and…

Watch out for blue mint beetle

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Gardeners should watch out for a new pest that’s set up home in the UK.
The blue mint beetle (Chrysolina coerulans) was first reported to the Royal Horticultural Society’s entomology department in July 2011.
One year on, as there has only been a single confirmed sighting, the charity is keen to find out if it was an isolated outbreak – or if…

RHS to launch garden holidays

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Keen gardeners with a passion for travel can now combine their two favourite hobbies.
The Royal Horticultural Society has teamed up with Collette Worldwide Holidays to launch RHS Holidays, special escorted tours for plant-lovers.
A brochure will be available in October for 2013-14 departures.
RHS director-general Sue Biggs said: “We know from research with our members that there is a strong demand for…

RHS helps to green our cities

Floral alleys can transform cities (credit: NW in Bloom/RHS)

Gardeners at the RHS London Plant & Design Show on 14-15 February were urged to turn neglected alleyways into green havens.
A poll of 231 gardening groups found that run-down areas were problematic due to fear of crime.
But gardens at the event showed how to green-up grot-spots.
One designer said: “A derelict alley can be taken on as a community project.”

Jeremy Clarkson takes a dig at gardeners

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Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has mocked the nation’s favourite hobby.
An advertisement to promote Jeremy’s new book says: “Dads, gardening is a pointless way of passing the time until you die.”
The ad has been seen by millions of people using the public transport system.
Jeremy is notorious for insulting ramblers, owners of caravans and drivers of Reliant Robins – but this…

New National Gardening Week for 2012

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