We've teamed up with the Royal Horticultural Society

Homes & Property and the RHS join forces for a fantastic new venture online and in print
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Greet a great new garden team: the Royal Horticultural Society and Homes & Property, which is now a permanent feature on our website bringing you up-to-the-minute gardening features, news, views, events and exciting year-round offers.

No other gardening society has the kudos or depth of knowledge of the RHS, hosts of the internationally famous Chelsea Flower Show.

The RHS team will be advising and inspiring our readers on a regular basis, putting its stamp of integrity on competitions, free show tickets and plant discounts.

Inga Grimsey, director general of the RHS, says: "London is too often portrayed as a concrete jungle. As the UK's leading gardening charity we see a much greener and brighter side of the capital.

With 47,000 RHS members living in Greater London, 600 schools signed up to our Campaign for School Gardening and nearly 60 London communities regularly gardening together through our Britain in Bloom and Neighbourhood Awards initiatives, we are witnessing a real surge of gardening interest in the capital. "That's why we're delighted to be working with Homes & Property in print and online."

Alex Denman
Alex Denman, our new RHS Blogger

Our RHS Blogger

Enter Alex Denman, who holds the golden job of organising the entire Chelsea Flower Show every year, so who better to give us the buzz on what's happening in horticulture as well as in her own Hammersmith back garden?

"Being at the heart of the gardening world is challenging, at times frustrating but also incredibly satisfying," says Denman, plus, she adds, it gives her the chance to grab leftover compost and plants from the show gardens at the end of Chelsea week.

Bubbly and bright, Denman, who gained her horticultural honours at Reading University, is a realist. "Like most busy Londoners, I don't have time to always do things the proper, conventional way. I subscribe to the theory that says you do things as and when you can, rather than live or die by the textbook." See what she has to contend with in her urban plot - and how she copes - in her first blog on our website: denman.homesandproperty.co.uk; she looks forward to your feedback.

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RHS Garden Wisley is the Surrey showcase that offers inspiration

Monthly garden tasks

Every month you will find a need-to-know guide, put together by Wisley Plant Centre's horticultural experts, of tasks to keep your garden, courtyard or even balcony up to speed.

The guide is geared to London gardens and their unique conditions, such as our urban microclimate - and limitations, such as lack of time - so don't expect irrelevancies on how to grow cabbages.

These insider tips will be aimed at your lifestyle. Your windowboxes will never look better. Click here for tasks to do this month.

Your gardening questions answered

London gardens have their share of blights and bugs, so there will be a regular Q&A slot to help conquer them.

To kick off, click here for tips on how to banish unsightly blots on olive tree foliage. Every fortnight we'll pick one of your key questions to put to Guy Barter, head of Horticultural Advice at the RHS, so please send in your garden problems via email to gardenproblems@standard.co.uk.

RHS plant shows
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Pick up plants at the RHS flower shows

Special offer: RHS membership

RHS members enjoy free visits to all RHS gardens, discounted tickets to RHS shows including the Chelsea Flower Show, personal gardening advice and The Garden monthly magazine, worth £4.25, for only £49.

Join the RHS by calling 0845 130 4646, quoting HPES and you will also receive a Crabtree & Evelyn 60-second Fix for Hands, comprising Gardeners' Hand Recovery and Hand Therapy, worth £22.50. Offer runs until 31 October 2009.

Tickets to plant shows

There are four plant shows each year at the RHS Halls at Vincent Square, SW1, and we will offer free tickets and pre-show coverage to each.

The next is the RHS London Autumn Harvest Show, celebrating seasonal produce, on 13 and 14 October.

Watch this space for your chance to win one of 25 pairs of free tickets, plus a Grow Your Own Kitchen Garden Year book, worth £20.

Coming soon

The Garden Trail that Homes & Property ran with the RHS last spring was so successful - more than 5,000 readers visited 10 London back gardens - that we are plotting another Trail next spring. In fact, this new exciting partnership has many more plans up its green sleeves, so watch this space.

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