According to recent research into gardening habits, most people lack opportunities to spend time in their gardens relaxing and enjoying the fruits of their labour. That’s why, on Sunday 15 October, a nationwide celebration is taking place. Garden Day invites South Africans from all walks of life to celebrate their gardens no matter the size, shape or form – from flower gardens and greenhouses to waterwise patio planters and community veggie patches. The aim of Garden Day is simple: to encourage people to put down the tools and spend some quality time with neighbours, family and friends in their gardens.
The same study, which involved over 700 participants, revealed that people feel happiest in their gardens – more so than going out (18%) or watching television (16%). And a significant nine in 10 participants (88%) reported health and wellbeing benefits from spending time outdoors. ‘Throughout the year, an enormous amount of effort goes into keeping and maintaining our gardens, which is why we think this deserves a proper celebration,’ say the Garden Day organisers.
What you do on Garden Day is completely up to you. For instance, instead of a book club you could have a plant club where you ask everyone to bring an interesting plant to swap with someone else on the day. Or, if you’d rather keep it sweet and simple, invite your loved ones over for a bring ‘n braai, using homegrown herbs to flavour the meat. And if a DIY project is what strikes your fancy, pick fresh blooms from your garden to create flower crowns for your guests.
There are two free flower crown workshops happening in Cape Town and Johannesburg on Saturday, 14 October:
Woodmead, Johannesburg: Look out for floral designer Jannie Olivier from 11am to 1pm at the Woodmead Shopping Centre for a demonstration on how to make a flower crown. Each participant will then get to create their own crown to take home. (Space is limited to 10 participants per time slot and will be run on a first come, first serve basis.)
Granger Bay, Cape Town: All are welcome to join floral stylist Blomboy at the Oranjezicht City Farm Market Day for a flower crown workshop. The first session begins at 9am and the second session starts at 1pm.
For more inspiration ahead of Garden Day, get connected to a library of gardening information, suggestions and direct access to skilled gardeners by downloading the Gardening with Babylonstoren app – it’s available for free via the Garden Day website. Or, if you’d prefer to visit a nursery or garden centre in person, check the Life is a Garden website to locate the one closest to you.
Whatever you do, join in on the fun on social media by sharing your Garden Day snaps tagged with #gardenday, and follow @gardendaysa on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to see how others are celebrating the occasion. Go to gardenday.co.za for more details.