The activities of the RHS are focused on delivering a real benefit to all those involved and interested in horticulture and gardening in the UK, as well as achieving their strategic objectives
So what are their main activities? Read on to find out.
They organise inspirational flower shows at Chelsea
, Hampton Court Palace
and Tatton Park
, as well as seasonal shows at the RHS Gardens and the Society’s halls in London
. Partnership shows include the RHS Spring Show in Cardiff
(in conjunction with Cardiff Council), and they help to organise the Malvern Spring
and Autumn Gardening Shows (organised jointly with the Three Counties Agricultural Society).
The RHS owns four gardens across the UK: Wisley
in Surrey, Harlow Carr
in North Yorkshire, Hyde Hall
in Essex and Rosemoor
in Devon. In 2012/13 they welcomed more than 1.76 million visitors. They also work in partnership with more than 195 Partner Gardens
giving their members free access at various times of the year. Through their gardens, they help gardeners across the UK and overseas by providing access to diverse plant collections, examples of innovative and attractive planting design and good horticultural practices. They all hold regular talks, demonstrations and walks.
The RHS aims to share practical knowledge and inspire people of all ages and abilities with an interest in plants and gardening. They offer a range of qualifications
from the Level 1 Certificate through to the prestigious Master of Horticulture. For gardeners of the future, they run the Campaign for School Gardening
to encourage as many children as possible to get growing. There are more than 18,000 schools involved with the campaign. They also administer a number of bursary funds
and through these they support plant research, expeditions and conference attendances around the world.
The RHS is the national organising body for the annual Britain in Bloom
campaign, which promotes horticulture in the community for the benefit of local people and the environment. More than 1,000 urban and rural communities are involved in the Britain in Bloom competition. They also link to community groups through the It’s Your Neighbourhood scheme
and a host of Affiliated Societies
. Most recently they have been setting up regional teams
to bring the RHS to each corner of the UK, starting with Scotland and Yorkshire.
Library, archive and other collections
The history and art of horticulture is centred in the RHS Lindley Library
, which contains one of the finest collections of horticultural literature in the world, as well as a renowned collection of beautiful botanical paintings and outstanding photographs. These are used by scholars, garden writers, keen gardeners and many members of the public. The RHS Lindley Library at Vincent Square, Westminster, and the branches in each of the RHS Gardens are accessible for free to everyone.
Science and advice
The RHS provides authoritative gardening and horticultural advice
, together with a comprehensive resource of information for everyone online. To underpin this unique service for all gardeners, they carry out scientific research
into plants, their cultivation, identification and pest and disease problems. Through lectures, seminars and publications they lead debate on issues influencing horticulture and gardening.
They aim to share their knowledge with all gardeners and publish widely online and in print. The RHS website attracts about 600,000 unique users a month and their horticultural book titles are among the best sellers in gardening bookshops.
They also publish The Garden
magazine every month, as well as The Plantsman
and The Orchid Review
quarterly, to help keep their members and the public informed about the latest skills, design and practice of horticulture.
RHS shops, plant centres and products
The RHS offers excellent shopping opportunities
in all four Gardens and at all their shows for members and visitors. Proceeds from these activities plus income from their various product licensees and events at the Royal Horticultural Halls and Conference Centre are all reinvested so that they can do even more to promote gardening and help gardeners.
As a charity, they depend on the support and generosity
of others to help us make a difference. Their activities are funded through members’ subscriptions as well as donations, sponsorship and income from their gardens, flower shows, shops and plant centres.