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Celebrate Garden Day on 12 May

Sunday 12 May marks the launch of Garden Day, a nationwide community benefit project that encourages gardeners to down tools for the day, pop on a flower crown and celebrate their gardens with their neighbours, family and friends.

Sunday 12th May marks the launch of Garden Day, a nationwide community benefit project that encourages gardeners to down tools for the day, pop on a flower crown and celebrate their gardens with their neighbours, family and friends.  What started in Somerset in 2017 was such a success, that it is now launching nationwide.

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Garden Day aims to highlight the 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.

It’s not so much about ‘doing’ the gardening as it is enjoying the garden – relaxing, gathering together and appreciating being outside surrounded by plants and nature – be it a balcony, a lawn or patio, or in a flat surrounded by precious pot plants.

Start planning now

Gather together neighbours, family and friends together on Sunday 12th May for elevenses, lunch, barbecue, afternoon tea or a glass of wine or two. Garden Day have even got some downloadable invitations for you to send out to your guests.

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You can download this Garden Day invitation to send out to your friends and neighbours.

Flower Power – flower crown workshops

Encourage guests to wear a flower crown and indulge in all things floral. You’ll find some inspiration below plus  Flower crown workshops are taking place at:
Hauser & Wirth – 4th May,
Chelsea Physic Garden – 5th May,
Frome Independent Market – 5th May
RHS Wisley – 11th May
These are free (standard site entry fees apply) and you just need to sign up to secure a place. Find details at www.gardenday.co.uk/events

Michael Perry (Mr Plant Geek) - Garden Day Ambassadors 2019
Michael Perry – aka Mr Plant Geek shows is support for Garden Day sporting a suitably floral crown
Arit Anderson
Garden designer and broadcaster Arit Anderson comments “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.”
Poppy Jamie
Poppy James, founder of happiness app Happy Not Perfect adds her support to Garden Day.

If you can’t make a workshop in person, watch and learn online with step-by-step video tutorials filmed exclusively for Garden Day with Tallulah Rose Flower School.

• Spread to work and join the conversation about the benefits of gardens and gardening to health and wellbeing by using the hashtag #GardenDayUK and tagging @GardenDayUK

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Garden Day was created and funded by Candide – a new gardening app that connects  gardeners with fellow plant-lovers, public gardens and plant nurseries. It aspires to be the gardener’s best friend with a knowledge base of plants, news articles, plant identification, growing tips and garden tours.