Most of the year we plant, water, weed and mulch – work, in other words – but Garden Day is the day to reap the rewards of your labour.
Toss down that spade, invite family and friends around, kick back and appreciate the varied reasons why making a garden is so worthwhile!
This year Garden Day is taking place on Sunday, 9 October – and then again next year and the next year and the next year on the second Sunday of October.
Garden Day is intended to bring South Africans together to appreciate and celebrate the rewards of one of life’s simplest, but most profound pleasures – gardening.
By celebrating Garden Day we aim to establish a strong gardening movement and love for gardening amongst South Africans and to encourage a younger audience to take up and appreciate the rewards of gardening. Gardening is also scientifically proven to have positive effects on our health, both mentally and physically. According to Professor Paul Dolan, a UK economist and behavioural scientist, gardeners and florists are the happiest of all professions … nearly twice as happy as people in more prestigious and better paid jobs.
In the lead up to Garden Day visit your nearest nursery or Garden Centre and get inspired! Visit the Life is a Garden website www.lifeisagarden.co.za to locate your nearest Garden Centre or nursery.
Once you’ve prepared your garden, toss down that spade, kick back and appreciate your garden with family and friends that you’ve invited around to celebrate with you! Host a tea party on the lawn, invite friends round for a bring-‘n-braai or practice yoga or Tai Chi on the lawn (see point six below for more ideas on what to do on Gardening Day). If you don’t have your own garden or planted paradise, visit someone that does and enjoy it with them.
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR GARDEN FOR GARDEN DAY?
Whether you’re a newbie or a veteran gardener, in the lead-up to Garden Day, get connected to a library of gardening information, suggestions and direct access to gardening experts. Download the Gardening with Babylonstoren app via the Garden Day website www.gardenday.co.za. It’s free on the IOS App Store and Google Play store.
There are many activities that one can do in the garden on Garden Day, here are some ideas …
- Host a tea party on the lawn.
- Read a book.
- Invite friends for a bring-n-braai, use herbs from the garden to flavour the meat.
- Practice yoga or Tai Chi.
- Have a garden scavenger hunt.
- Visit a Garden Centre and enjoy the surroundings.
- Instead of book club, have a plant club. Ask guests to bring a rare and interesting plant. You then swap your plants with the other guests.
- Host an indoor dinner party where every dish contains an ingredient from your garden.
- Involve the kids in fun activities, like making seed bombs or planting bulbs.
- Set up an easel and paint your garden