Sunday 12th May marks the launch of Garden Day, a nationwide community benefit project created by the Candide gardening app. The movement encourages everyone 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, from family gardeners and allotment aficionados to urban house plant enthusiasts, and Garden Day gatherings can be hosted on a balcony, a lawn, a 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 options are endless!
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.
Garden Day invitations for hosts to send to friends and family can be found in the comprehensive toolkit available via the campaign website www.gardenday.co.uk/toolkit. Alongside celebration ideas, Garden Day images and videos, there is also a social media toolkit to help participants join the conversation using the hashtag #GardenDayUK and tagging @GardenDayUK.
Those keen to rock a flower crown for Garden Day can get hands-on and make their own by registering at www.gardenday.co.uk/events for a free pop-up flower crown workshop 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). There are also step-by-step video tutorials available online filmed exclusively for Garden Day with Tallulah Rose Flower School.