Here’s How You Can Prepare and Participate in the National Gardening WeekApril 17, 2019
Last modified: June 20, 2019If you think you cannot participate in the National Gardening Week just because you can't attend the major activities, you're missing the whole point.
The nation’s largest celebration of cultivating a part of nature to advocate organic living is about to kick off soon. While there are various organised activities in central areas held in accordance with the event, you can participate in the National Gardening Week without all the stress and hassle.
This year’s event breathes with the theme ‘Edible Britain’ and is starting on the 27th of April until the 5th of May. The event which was founded by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) seeks to raise awareness on gardening and horticulture.
Aside from this, it also aims to encourage more people to have a hand in the healthy and productive outdoor activity of gardening.
If you are an avid gardener who thinks it’s an end game for your will to participate in the National Gardening Week just because you can’t attend any of the major activities, then you’re seeing the essence of it wrong.
The annual nationwide event started eight years ago and has continued to bloom with the number of plants nurtured in every freshly-initiated garden. Hundreds of events are now taking place around the country, and thousands of participants are sharing their ‘passion for plants’ in social media.
In line with this, RHS is encouraging small-time gardeners to campaign for ‘Edible Britain’ through the simplest ways possible. Looking for fun things to do during the National Gardening Week may seem hard, but we’ve got you covered!
Here’s How You Can Prepare and Participate in the National Gardening Week
1. Open up your garden, greenhouse, or vegetable plot to the public.
Since National Gardening Week zeroes in on raising awareness and the benefits of gardening and organic farming, you can open your backyard to inspire others. You can show them how your hard work paid off and how you were able to build your own oasis.
If you are looking at more than just opening your garden, like carrying out activities for your visitors which can be considered as a small event, you need to register it with RHS through their website.
Then, you should evaluate the access around your garden to create an excellent route for your visitors to walk in. Through this assessment, you can also control the order of how people can see your crops and plants.
Also, you should evaluate the parking, hazards, and security for your guests’ sake, as well as yours. While it is inevitable to have kids playing around the area, you can create a contingency plan to eliminate or minimise damage.
After that, label the plants in your garden to educate your guests once they check them out. You can give out the names or indicate brief descriptions about the plants.
You are now ready to announce the opening of your garden and participate in the NGW.
2. Transform an unused area in your community by cleaning it up and turning it into a community garden or allotment.
This idea is an easier task that begets a significant impact in your neighbourhood and nature itself. Since you surely know how to set up a space to make it an ornamental or organic garden, prepare your tools and bring in your squad to kick off the transformation and participate in the National Gardening Week.
3. Hold a fundraising event for a local community project or support an existing one.
All gardening projects, even in local communities, need funds to operate. Some of the ideas you can do to raise funds could be launching a cooking or gardening demo.
You can also sell your spare plants and make your fruits and vegetable harvests available to other people.
4. Give out educational flyers like recipe cards or activity sheets to teach people how to grow their own organic garden.
People who have been thinking about setting up their garden needs a little education to start with. You can do simple research from mentors, friends, or the internet to complete a basic guide.
Just print out a bunch of copies, and you’re all set up.
5. Launch a bake sale using natural ingredients from your produced grown like carrots, beetroot, and edible flowers.
If you can both produce organic harvests and bake, then this option is for you. Prepare the ingredients from your garden plus your baking tools and participate in the gardening celebration with an organic bake sale.
6. Organise a plant sale and share edible plants that your neighbours can take away and grow at home.
This can be a similar option to the idea mentioned earlier, only without the need to cook or bake. Sell some of the spare crops or plants in your backyard for your neighbours to start with. This technique will be a great initiative in advocating the art of gardening.
Now you’re all set to prepare and participate in the National Gardening Week.
Don’t forget to have fun!