Taking place on Sunday 12th May 2019, Garden Day is a new community benefit project – at the start of Mental Health Awareness Week and at the height of the horticultural season in the run up to RHS Chelsea Flower Show – that encourages people to down tools, wear a flower crown (not compulsory!) and spend the day with friends, family and neighbours.
Being in a garden lowers your blood pressure, improves your mood and mental wellbeing and helps boost your brain power, so Garden Day aims to celebrate the many benefits that gardens bring to our physical and mental health, including helping to combat stress, loneliness and anxiety.
How can I celebrate it?
is for anyone and everyone, from family gardeners and allotment aficionados to urban houseplant enthusiasts. It's all about bringing people together to celebrate plants, gardens and green spaces. You can put on a picnic lunch or barbecue, do afternoon tea, or even enjoy a glass or two with family and friends. You can get creative by making a flower crown (watch a video tutorial below), draw or paint your garden still life, or even do a plant swap with your friends and neighbours. The options are endless.
You can even bring some fun to the garden party by playing classic outdoor games and taking kids on a nature hunt. No matter how big or small your garden is, you can celebrate Garden Day however you want. Participants can join the conversation using the hashtag #GardenDayUK and tagging @GardenDayUK.
Does it have to be hosted in a garden?
Why wear flower crowns?
These are a fun and fashionable way to show your support for the campaign, but the choice is up to you. The most important thing is to take quality time to relax and enjoy your garden with those who you’ve invited round to celebrate with you.
Who is supporting the campaign?
The Garden Day campaign is endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society, National Gardens Scheme, National Garden Gift Vouchers and the Garden Centre Association. Some famous personalities supporting the campaign this year include garden designer and Gardeners' World presenter Arit Anderson, This Morning's garden presenter Michael Perry aka ‘Mr Plant Geek’, Queen of Herbs Jekka McVicar, chefs Steve Horrell and Sabrina Ghayour, jazz singer Natalie Rushdie, and wellbeing entrepreneur Poppy Jamie.
How did it start?
Garden Day actually piloted in Somerset in 2017 – it was so successful that it's now launching nationwide this year for the first time.
Who created Garden Day?
Garden Day is created and funded by . Candide is a new gardening app connecting gardeners with fellow plant lovers, public gardens and plant nurseries. Essentially it aspires to be the gardener’s best friend with a knowledge base of plants, plant identification, growing tips and garden tours. Candide Gardening is available to download from the and .
Will Garden Day be back next year?
Yes, it most certainly will. The next Garden Day will be celebrated nationwide on Sunday 10 May 2020.
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