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Gardening, they say is one of the great obsessions of the English; and there are certainly many people all over the country who are indeed obsessed with gardening! So it must have some deep attraction. Whether you have serious plans for your garden or are simply someone who likes pottering, there are countless interests and challenges in a garden.

Gardening organisations

    Royal Horticultural Society - members’ umbrella organisation for gardening                     enthusiasts throughout the country, with show gardens in Surrey                 (Wisley), Devon (Rosemoor) and Yorkshire (Harlow Carr).                     Sponsors annual Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court                     Show. Has library in London and Plant Library at Wisley in Surrey.
        Address etc: 80 Vincent Square, London SW1 P 2PE;
            tel 020 7834 4333.
        Websites: Gardens and Events, show, tickets, dates and times;                      [email protected]; Advisory Services: [email protected]; Trials                 [email protected]; Education, careerinfo, or schools or exams or                     bursaries, all @rhs.org.uk
        Monthly Journal ‘The Garden’ (has information each month about gardens                 open and about events at gardens throughout the country.)

    Local Garden Clubs
        Hammersmith and Fulham Council, through the Horticulture section of its                 Parks Department runs a Borough in Bloom competition - contact                 Louise Neilan, Press Officer, [email protected]


    Gardening courses: local/regional/specialist
        Capel Manor, N.London, “London’s specialist” centre, Enfield.                         [email protected], tel: 020 8366 4442
        Merrist Wood, Guildford, www.guildford.ac.uk, tel 01483 88 40 00
        English Gardening School - at the Chelsea Physic Garden.                         www.englishgardeningschool.co.uk; tel 020 7352 4347
        Inchbald School of Design, London. Courses in interior and garden                     design. www.inchbald.co.uk; [email protected]
            tel 020 7630 9011
        K and C School of Design, Chelsea Harbour

        Garden Centres: local

        Ginkgo Garden Centre, Ravenscourt Avenue, London W6 0SL;
            Tel 020 8563 7112; www.ginkgogardens.co.uk.
        B&Q ‘Mini Warehouse’. Chiswick Roundabout, London W4 5QL; tel 020             8995 8028; www.diy.com.
        Homebase, Western Circus, Western Avenue, Acton, London W3 7XX;             tel 020 8740 9114; www.homebase.co.uk.    
        Syon Park Garden Centre, Syon Park, Brentford, London TW8 8JG; tel                 020 8568 0134. www.gardening-uk.co.uk
            The Half Price Pot Shop, 88 Shepherds Bush Road, London W6;                 tel 020 7602     2240.
            The Palm House, Ham

        Emlyn Gardens: for information, for info send sae to Frida Powell,
            39a Malise Road, London W14
        Barn Elms, phone Paul McNulty, 07786 133027, for details
        Fulham Palace Meadow, phone 020 7731 6055

Gardening information: TV, books and book shops; magazines and websites.
        BBC has a regular series entitled Gardeners World.  
        Most Garden Centres and many Garden suppliers sell books on                     gardening.
        The BBC publishes the glossy Gardens Illustrated  
            (editorial: [email protected];
            subscriptions: [email protected]);
        and there are several other magazines on gardening to be found on the                 newstands.
        Garden History Society, 47 Water Street, Lavenham, Sudbury  C10                     9RN; tel 01787 248267; www.gardenhistorysociety.org
        Among websites are:
            Organic gardening: www.britisheco.com;
            BBC Gardening: www.gardenersworld.com;
            Garden Forum: www.gardeningweb.com;
            Soil Association: www.soilassociation.org
Gardening in other countries
        Information can be obtained from books, from advertisements in                 magazines, such as by tour     operators, eg Naturetrek                         (www.naturetrek.co.uk)