Most of the year we plant, water, weed and mulch in our gardens and allotments – work. Garden Day, however, is the time to reap the rewards of your labour. No matter how big or small your garden is – whether you have rolling lawns or simple window box displays – Garden Day is a chance for people to down tools, don a flower crown and spend time celebrating their gardens, whatever the weather. Everyone is invited from balcony and indoor gardeners to flower border fanatics and lawn devotees.
“Gardening brings us close to the soil and connects us with nature’s powers of renewal in a way that can be both calming and invigorating. So it is that in these anxious times, when the future feels uncertain, that tending plants is providing many people with a psychological lifeline.
Although the crisis we are living through may be new, there is nothing new in this effect, for throughout the ages gardens have offered people a safe green space in which to restore and recharge themselves. Garden Day invites you to take a pause to do just that. It’s about making time to immerse ourselves in the peacefulness and beauty of our plants and gardens, and celebrating the restorative power of nature.”Sue Stuart-Smith – Author: The Well Gardened Mind
There are lots of different ways to celebrate your garden. What you do is completely up to you, but here are a few of ideas:
- Host an intimate celebration with friends and family in the garden in keeping within current government guidelines. Ask your guests to prepare their tipple of choice, whether it’s a refreshing glass of Pimms or a cuppa tea, so you can toast the day together.
- Head into your garden for a picnic lunch or barbecue.
- Enjoy dinner under the stars.
- Play classic outdoor games like boules, ring toss, skittles, human wheelbarrow race or egg and spoon races…the opportunities are endless.
- Draw, paint or write poems inspired by your garden.
- Bad weather? Take the kids on a nature hunt for snails, worms and other rain-loving garden creatures…you’ll be amazed at what you can find in your own backyard. Or just stay indoors and have a houseplant party.
What you do on Sunday 9th May, Garden Day, is completely up to you – the most important thing is to take time to enjoy and celebrate your garden!