Public calls for garden education

Gardening should be included in the national curriculum, according to the nation's gardeners.

Britain’s gardeners have called for gardening to be included in the national curriculum. An RHS website survey found 83 per cent of gardeners wanted the move. RHS director of science and learning Simon Thornton-Wood said using gardening to educate children in science is “an opportunity that has not been properly exploited in the past”. He added: “The development of the learning centre at Wisley’s new glasshouse is just one of the things the RHS is doing to support gardening in the curriculum.” The survey of 1,000 gardeners also found designers’ trendy plans were unpopular. Seven out of 10 gardeners designed their own patches, with a quarter choosing traditional English designs, 53 per cent cottage gardens and only five per cent minimalist designs. RHS publisher Susannah Charlton said gardeners wanted gardens with lots of plants, “which is good news for the industry”. Nine per cent of gardeners said they would flout water bans and 90 per cent claimed to use organic methods. Publisher Dorling Kindersley, the RHS and UKTV Style Gardens commissioned the survey to mark the new edition of the RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers and new TV series Nation’s Favourite Blooms, starting on 8 May. RHs survey results * 83 per cent want gardening put on national curriculum * 71 per cent have designed their gardens themselves * 90 per cent grow herbs * 67 per cent grow vegetables * Nine per cent would ignore a water ban

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