RHS climate change gardening

Fri, May 12, 2023

Climate Change

The RHS increasingly recognises and communicates that our gardens and gardeners are on the front line of climate change and is committed to funding research and delivering support to help the UK’s 30 million gardeners adapt to an uncertain future.

Gardens highlight the challenge of a changing climate

As the climate crisis continues to escalate, a number of global brands and garden designers will use the world’s most famous flower show as a platform to encourage a future where we live in harmony with nature through urban design and sustainable practices.

In 2016, Climate Gardens won a Gold Medal at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show for Near Future Garden, a conceptual garden highlighting the power of renewable energies to power our future, and our gardens, using the natural resources of sun, wind and water.

Together with Arit Anderson, who collaborated on the design of my garden, I spoke to 10,000 visitors over 6 days who walked on The Carbon Path, the main feature of our Gold Medal winning Near Future Garden.

We received hundreds of questions about  “What can I do about climate change in my garden?” and in response we urged the RHS to offer more advice on this major challenge to gardeners.

Delighted to say that the RHS now feature climate change as a key issue on their information and advice pages.https://www.rhs.org.uk/science/gardening-in-a-changing-world

There are also references to gardening in a changing climate at every single RHS Flower Show and many more of their show gardens now feature sustainable and low carbon designs.

This forward thinking strategy adopted by the RHS plus their excellent advice can assist gardeners to find answers to this question, and many more, as the climate shifts:




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- who has written 872 posts on My Climate Change Garden.

I am not an experienced gardener - more of an enthusiastic amateur who learns by trial and error and who is keen to "manage" the effects of shifting weather patterns on my garden. Writing this blog is my passion and it has evolved over 12 years to inspire engagement with climate change outside our back doors, in our personal gardens and green spaces. My mission is to fertilise and expand this platform to grow a community of global gardeners communicating about the effects of climate change on our plants and exploring how each individual can make small changes in our lives to become more sustainable. The future of our gardens and #OurPlanet is in our hands - please plant your own seeds for our collective sustainable future.

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