Exciting RHS news (for me)!

I've had some great news today! After an application process and selection day, I've been picked to be one of the volunteers at two of the RHS's shows this year.

I'll be volunteering at the RHS show gardens at both RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May and RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in July. 

I've been to both before as a visitor but this is going to be a whole new experience. I'll be learning more about how the shows comes together and meeting people from behind the scenes - as well as the visitors who I'll be helping to make the most of their trips.

Matt Keightley is the designer behind the RHS Wisley Feel Good Garden, where I'll be stationed at Chelsea. It will highlight how gardening, and simply being in a garden or green space, can make you feel happier and healthier. There's been lots of research to show the positive impact that gardens and gardening can have on mental health and promoting this important message is a key element of this garden. It's also a bit of a sneak peak at Matt’s plans for his RHS Wisley garden, which will open in 2020. (A planned trip to Wisley earlier this month got rained off, but I will make it soon!).

So expect to hear more from me on that. I get to go to press day for both so follow me on Instagram @alexaryanmills for the highlights!

Matt's design for Chelsea.

Matt's design for Chelsea.

Calling creatives and gardening folk of all kinds! 

I'm volunteering for The Chelsea Fringe this year, which runs from 19 to 27 May. That’s nine days including two weekends to fill with exciting gardening projects and events.

The 2017 Fringe was a huge success, with some 200 community gardening activities, garden/art installations and happenings, walks, talks, food events, open days, exhibitions and performances across London and beyond.

We're now inviting individuals and organisations, first-timers and Fringe veterans, to register their interest and to discuss what they might like to do for 2018. 

Email info@chelseafringe.com if you'd like to be involved in any way.

The Chelsea Fringe is volunteer-run and unfunded so participants need to cover costs themselves, raise funds or charge a small fee at the event(s).

You can find out more at www.chelseafringe.com.