Royal Horticultural Society

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), founded in 1804 as the Horticultural Society of London,[1][2] is the UK's leading gardening charity.[3][4][1]

Royal Horticultural Society
AbbreviationRHS
Formation7 March 1804; 217 years ago (1804-03-07) (as Horticultural Society of London)
TypeRegistered charity
PurposePromote gardening and horticulture
HeadquartersLondon, SW1
Region served
United Kingdom
Membership
414,699 (2013)[1]
President
Keith Weed
Budget
2013/14 income: £71.94m[1]
Websitewww.rhs.org.uk
RHS headquarters, Vincent Square

The RHS promotes horticulture through its five gardens at Wisley (Surrey), Hyde Hall (Essex), Harlow Carr (Yorkshire), Rosemoor (Devon) and Bridgewater (Greater Manchester); flower shows including the Chelsea Flower Show, Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Tatton Park Flower Show and Cardiff Flower Show; community gardening schemes; Britain in Bloom and a vast educational programme. It also supports training for professional and amateur gardeners. The current president is Keith Weed and the current director general is Sue Biggs CBE.