A new survey of 2,000 people carried out by B&Q has found that a third of Brits are spending more time than ever before tending to their plants and flowers, while a quarter say they’re now growing their own veggies.
However, while it’s great that gardening is growing in popularity around the UK, it seems that horticultural education isn’t what it once was. According to the Sun, the study also revealed that over one in ten think Echinacea is a weed and nearly nine out of ten people think a bluebell is a flower. What’s more, an additional tenth aren’t aware that a dandelion is actually considered a weed as well.
Market director of outdoor Mike Norton was quoted by the news source as saying: “Gardening in Britain is back in vogue and we’re delighted to see people flexing their green-fingered skills. But it’s clear that some outdoor education is still needed.”
Of course, a lot of gardeners will tell you that experience is all you need when it comes to ensuring that your flowers bloom year after year – but if you want to get a headstart, why don’t you consider taking a gardening course?
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) runs numerous courses around the UK in over 80 difference gardening centres so you’re sure to be able to find something in your local area. You can even train in an RHS garden, with about 30 places available each year. What could possibly be better?
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