As spring edges ever closer, hearts and minds naturally turn the garden and prepare to welcome in the new season of growth, glorious floral scents and wonderful colourful displays. The RHS kicks off the growing season with a host of events in their various gardens, all with either a garden or craft theme and suitable for all the family. There are competitions, arts and crafts displays and stalls, workshops and courses in craft or practical gardening to get you started with mini lectures to whet the appetite.
Rosemary Spring Flower Show is the ideal showcase, with a focus on the popular plants of magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons on exhibition and in competition by growers all over the south west of England. Other competitive events at the weekend included the Rosemoor Daffodil Competition and the Hyancinth competition. Special displays were on show in the marque, filling the air with a glorious scent. As well as wonderful displays of flowers, there is a programme of min talks throughout the weekend on such topics as growing and showing daffodils, and lily cultivation from seed and bulb.
With mothers all over the country receiving gifts of flowers over the weekend of Mother’s Day, it’s only fitting that the RHS hosted its own special events for the weekend.
One special event just for Mother’s Day is a special carvery lunch in the Rosemoor Kitchen Restaurant. To make the day really special photographer Jayne Poole set up a studio and was on hand to take portrait photographs of either individuals or special family and friends groups. There was also knitting and decoupage stalls, delicious fudge and the Lavender Lady to make he day truly memorable.
Greenspiration is all about inspiring people to be creative, enjoy art created by other and get involved in workshops and courses to learn to create art in many different forms themselves. The RHS runs many events throughout spring designed especially to inspire an appreciate of art, all within the green and lush surroundings of lovingly and expertly tended gardens.
Harlow Carr hosted Handbags and Gladrags, featuring hand crafted gifts of handbags, jewellery, clothing and toiletries among other things, all for the price of normal garden admissions. Over Mother’s Day Weekend, an Art Fair saw over 40 local artists taking part in an exhibition of work in many different styles and mediums.
The RHS holds so many events throughout spring that there’s bound to be something to interest everyone. From identifying birds in garden at spring time courses to teach you how to live off the land with the Survivalists Fair.
When you’ve had a spring taste of RHS goodies, don’t forget to book your tickets for the RHS Flower Show in Tatton Park in July when the growing season is truly under way and many plants are at their best. Gabriel Ash is exhibiting fine greenhouses and cold frames to give your plants at home some special RHS loving care.