Sunday 12th May marks the launch of Garden Day, a nationwide community benefit project created by the Candide gardening app. The movement encourages gardeners to down tools for the day, pop on a flower crown and celebrate their gardens with their neighbours, family and friends. Garden Day highlights the considerable benefits that gardens offer for positive mental wellbeing and building community and takes place at the start of both Mental Health Awareness Week and the National Gardens Scheme’s Gardens and Health Week.
Garden Day is for anyone and everyone. If you own a plant, then you’re a gardener. You can host a Garden Day gathering on a balcony, a lawn or patio or in a flat surrounded by precious pot plants. The main thing is to gather neighbours, family and friends together on Sunday 12th May for elevenses, a more-the-merrier lunch, barbecue, afternoon tea or a glass of wine or two - the choice is yours and the options are limitless!
In the lead-up to Garden Day, personalities from the worlds of gardening, good food, music and wellbeing are adding their support to the movement. Arit Anderson (garden designer and broadcaster), Michael Perry (‘Mr Plant Geek’ and garden presenter on ITV ‘This Morning’) and Jekka McVicar (Queen of Herbs) have been photographed in spectacular flower crowns to show their support for Garden Day, alongside chefs Steve Horrell and Sabrina Ghayour, jazz singer Natalie Rushdie, and wellbeing entrepreneur, Poppy Jamie.
Arit Anderson said: “I’m supporting Garden Day to encourage people to sit back and enjoy the virtues of their hard work. So often we are ‘doing’ in the garden without just ‘being’ in the garden.
There are great benefits on our wellness both physically and mentally from being in nature, amongst plants and wildlife. A garden is our co-creation with nature. We get to choose the plants we love that bring us joy!”
Look out for beautiful Garden Day postcard invitations inside the May issue of BBC Gardeners’ World magazine (out on 18 April) to send to your guests. Invitations are also part of the comprehensive toolkit available to every Garden Day host via the campaign website www.gardenday.co.uk/toolkit. You’ll find celebration ideas, Garden Day images and videos as well as a social media toolkit to help you join the conversation using the hashtag #GardenDayUK and tagging @GardenDayUK.
If you fancy rocking a flower crown for Garden Day, then it’s time to get hands-on and learn how to make your own. Why not register at www.gardenday.co.uk/events for a free pop-up flower crown workshop*? These are being held at Hauser & Wirth (4th May), Chelsea Physic Garden (5th May), Frome Independent Market (5th May) and RHS Wisley (11th May). (Standard site entry fees apply.) If you can’t make it in person, watch and learn online for free with step-by-step video tutorials filmed exclusively for Garden Day with Tallulah Rose Flower School.