AG news editor Ruth Hayes talks to RHS chief exec Sue Biggs about the new award-winning nurseries website and plans for a 'virtual' Chelsea show in May

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has set up a dedicated website to help the UK’s gardeners buy plants from nurseries with surplus supplies.

The national gardening charity is urging gardeners to buy plants online directly from the UK’s many specialist nurseries who are struggling to survive in the current climate.

Following the cancellation of RHS Chelsea Flower Show, thousands of quality plants will remain unsold or go to waste if they can’t find a home.

Many of these award-winning nurseries have launched or made improvements to their mail order and online capabilities to sell their surplus plant stock and keep trading during this difficult time.

There are thousands of RHS show plants waiting to go to good homes

To support these nurseries, the RHS has launched a dedicated listing the award winning growers and their contact details so people can seek out and order the huge variety of quality plants usually seen at RHS Shows, online.

You can find the list of growers at rhs.org.uk/supportournurseries

Sue Biggs, RHS Director General Said; “The specialist nurseries and growers are the lifeblood of the horticultural industry and their beautiful displays at RHS Flower Shows are one of the most popular attractions, drawing thousands of visitors every year who leave our shows laden with plants of all varieties.

amateur gardening.com/blog

“We want to continue to support our nurseries during this unimaginably challenging time and make it as easy as possible for our members and show visitors to buy directly from them.”

The RHS will also be offering nurseries a helping hand through its ‘virtual Chelsea Flower Show’ in from May 19-23, taking viewers through the spectacular display in the Grand Pavilion in previous years.

RHS, nurseries, growers, plants

RHS chief executive Sue Biggs: ‘nurseries and growers are the lifeblood of the horticultural industry’

The online virtual show will provide an online platform for growers to host seasonal demonstrations and workshops as well as show off their displays and plant collections.

Sue added: “While supporting the UK nurseries through the promotion on our website and again in May during ‘RHS Virtual Chelsea Flower Show’ we also hope to encourage the public to continue to enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits of gardening and growing during this stressful time by buying plants online and enjoying them in their homes and gardens.”

Visit the RHS list of nurseries at rhs.org.uk/supportournurseries

 

We are here for you

Although many people are coping well with self-isolation, others are really struggling and feeling completely forgotten and alone.

Here at AG we are doing our best to keep connected to our readers though the magazine, this website and also through social media.

Our gardening ‘agony uncle’ John Negus is also still working hard. Send him your problems and questions, with pictures if you can, and he will get back to you with an answer withing 24 hours, as he has been doing for decades. Contact him using the AG email address at amateurgardening@ti-media.com

amateurgardening.com/blog

We already have thriving Facebook page but are also on Twitter and Instagram. These sites are a brilliant way of chatting to people, sharing news, information, pictures and just saying hello – we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Best of all, as gardeners are generally lovely folk, more interested in plants, hedgehogs, tea and cake than political shenanigans and point-scoring, so the chat is friendly and welcoming.

So please drop by, follow us, ‘like’ our posts and say hello – the Instagram feed is in it’s really early days so the quicker we can get that going with your help and support, the better!

You can find us at:

Facebook: Facebook.com/AmateurGardeningMagazine

Twitter: Twitter.com/TheAGTeam

Instagram: instagram.com/amgardening_mag

Don’t forget to give someone you know or love a call. They might be feeling low and lonely and hearing from you will make their day. Happy gardening!