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SHARE YOUR PASSION FOR GARDEN PLANTS

Launched seven years ago by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), National Gardening Week (April 30 - May 6) aims to be the country’s biggest celebration of gardening. Over the years, thousands of people, gardens, charities, retailers, culture and heritage organisations and groups have got involved.

The focus for 2018 is gardeners sharing their passion for plants.The RHS, therefore, is encouraging people to get involved by running their own events, doing something fun that’s gardening-related and by sharing pictures and stories on social media.

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