National Gardening Week
Next week will be National Gardening Week, which will run from Monday 11th April to Sunday 17th April. It was launched by the Royal Horticultural Society five years ago and has become the UK’s largest celebration of gardening. During the week thousands of people, gardens, charities, retailers and heritage organisations get involved across the country to celebrate everything to do with the great British garden.
Westminster Abbey has its own beautiful gardens with a long history to celebrate. There are three original gardens within the Abbey: the Cloister Garth, the Little Cloister Garden and College Garden. The Cloister Garth is a square of turf sitting in the middle of the cloisters which would have been used as somewhere for the monks to rest their minds whilst they took a meditative walk. The Little Cloister Garden would have been set aside for those recuperating from illness, with its relaxing fountain, and would originally have had seats in it. College Garden has been in cultivation for over 900 years and is thought to be the oldest cultivated garden in England. It was originally the Infirmary garden where the monks would grow both food and herbs to feed and heal themselves. It would have been tended by a Head Gardener and two undergardeners from the monks that lived there. The position of Head Gardener still exists today although it now can be undertaken by a lay person.
To celebrate Westminster Abbey’s longstanding history of gardening we have recently launched a range of products inspired by the beautiful nature found within these gardens. It includes a wide range of products from books detailing the flowers found in a medieval garden to seed packets that even a novice gardener can grow from their windowsill.
Explore our new range of products and begin your celebration of all things to do with gardening by clicking here. You can also read more about National Gardening Week and find out ways you can join in by clicking here.