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National Gardening and Horticultural Societies

'The Society was founded in 1982 when cottage garden plants were becoming "unfashionable". Those starting the Society wanted to protect this vanishing planting style. They were concerned that, in the move to easily maintained gardens, hard landscaping was becoming more important than the plants ... The Society has around 35 regional groups, some with as few as seven members and some with over 200. Most groups meet monthly and have talks in winter and visits to gardens and plant sales in spring and summer.'

'Our charity brings together thousands of people who share a common belief - that organic growing is essential for a healthy and sustainable world. Through campaigning, advice, community work and research, our aim is to get everyone growing ‘"the organic way" ... Across the UK, there are a large number of fantastic organic gardening groups, clubs, organisations and gardens supporting local residents with their organic growing.'

'Established in 1960, the NVS improves standards of vegetable growing by striving to foster a society that is modern, successful and welcoming to all vegetable growers ... The Society ... is organised into five Regional Branches, each covering its own area of the country. Associated with these Branches are local District Associations, also known as DA's, who hold local meetings, usually monthly, to talk and learn about growing vegetables, swapping seeds, plants & ideas.'

'The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. This vision underpins all that we do – from inspirational gardens and shows, through our scientific research, to our education and community programmes. We are committed to inspiring everyone to grow ... The RHS owns five gardens across the UK ... We also work in partnership with more than 200 Partner Gardens giving our members free access at various times of the year. Through our gardens, we 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 ... We also link to community groups through the It’s Your Neighbourhood scheme and a host of Affiliated Societies.'

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