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Famous faces in gardening set the HortAid Quiz challenge

Do you know your love apples from your mustard spinach? As the first national HortAid fundraising week approaches (21 – 29 September), people working in the horticulture industry are being challenged to test their gardening knowledge by running their own HortAid quiz to raise money for Perennial, UK horticulture’s trade charity. Famous figures from the world of horticulture including Joe Swift, Christine Walkden and Toby Buckland have supplied the questions and answers for the quiz and have stepped up to offer their support for the campaign.

Organising a HortAid Quiz event is an easy and enjoyable way to get involved with the inaugural HortAid event. Simply get a group of friends or colleagues together and have fun testing your horticultural knowledge, while raising money to help people working in horticulture and their families in times of need.

HortAid has been conceived as a fun opportunity to give people working in horticulture a focus to get more involved with the only charity dedicated to helping people in the trade. It is hoped it will become an important annual fixture in the industry calendar. Well-known gardeners have expressed their support for the campaign:

Toby Buckland said:

“Perennial is the nation’s only charity for horticulturists in need or crisis. It’s good to know that gardeners facing trouble always have somewhere to turn. Please help us to make sure we can always be there for everyone who works in horticulture.’’

Joe Swift said:

“Perennial does a fantastic job looking after people and families of those who have dedicated their lives to horticulture, gardens, plants and the environment – something we all benefit from.”

For details on how to run a HortAid quiz, as well as other quick and easy activities for those who want to get involved, Perennial has created an online fundraising kit. In addition to the quiz, it contains posters, tips and print-off ideas such a gnome sweepstake or a make your own HortAid 2013 money box for collecting spare change. Or why not organise a Raspberries and Roses garden party – the fundraising kit contains a selection of mouth-watering recipes to make sure your tea party goes down a treat.

Download the fundraising kit at

To receive the HortAid Quiz questions and answers, email [email protected]

To keep up to date with all HortAid activity, follow @PerennialGRBS on Twitter (#HortAid), like us on Facebook or simply visit



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