The British is general are a nature of garden lovers with most people wanting to make the most of their little piece of Britain, whether it's in the small gardens which newer houses seems to have, to the suburbs with the traditional reasonably sized back garden with space for a range of garden sheds, to the larger mansions where they possibly employ gardeners to look after their pride and joy and including city dwellers who may only have a window box to produce a little bit of green. In most of these situations the garden shed does play an important role with the storage of garden items and, in the case of a garden potting shed, so the gardener can enjoy a little potting inside of the plants and bringing them on.
It's well established fact that we love our garden just by the amount of money spent on them as over £7 billion pounds are spent each year on all garden related items. Naturally one on the largest items purchased for the garden is the garden shed, but if a good quality shed is bought (and this means a shed with no chipboard, OSB board or sheet material) then they provide extraordinary value if you look after the shed. If you do the garden shed can expect to last in excess of 25 years and it you take into account as the amount of storage space provided then they are a bargain.
This British love affair with gardens is alive and well if new research by HSBC is anything to go by. It reveals that we spend
£7.7billion each year simply maintaining our outside space with green fingered gardeners spend an average £297 on the upkeep of their gardens. Although strangely the garden is used for under one third of the year even though the weather can be kinder for longer than that, maybe they should utilise the garden shed a little more on the inclement days.
An important organisation for gardeners is the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) which help gardeners in more of less everything to do with gardens. It was formed in 1804 by St Joseph Banks and John Wedgewood with the aim to collate plant information and to encourage improved horticultural practice. The early years for this garden organisation was a little up and down but in 1903 Sir Thomas Hanbury purchased Wisley Gardens in Surrey and gifted it to the society where garden experiments could be carried on and remains to this day the flagship for the society with the gardens receiving loads of gardeners each year.
There has been many presidents over the years and Giles Coode-Adams, who was elected in 2002 to the council, announced in 2009 that he would step down as president in July 2010. During his time he had become treasurer before becoming president in 2008. In his earlier life he was an investment banker after which he took up the role of head of Kew Gardens foundation and from this joined the RHS.
In 2010 the RHS made a radical decision by appointing Elizabeth Banks as the first woman president in its 206 years history. Clearly women have as much interest in the garden as men and tend to be more caring naturally so this should not have been a big shock. She was also the first president from a professional background in horticulture which seems amazing.