Sunday, 12th May marks the launch of Garden Day, a nationwide community benefit project created by the Candide gardening app. First piloted as the Somerset Garden Day, the movement encourages gardeners 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.
FFTF grower member,Cobi Snelson of Batch Cottage Flowers in Somerset has been working alongside the Garden Day campaign team for the past couple of years, sourcing the flowers for pop-up flower crown making stations at Frome Independent Market and the famous gardens of Hauser & Wirth and the newly opened gardens at The Newt amongst other locations. Cobi has come a past master of the art of volume flower-crown instruction, as hundreds of people of all ages have queued to make their own.
Queen of the Flower Crown and FFTF grower member, Fiona Haser-Bizony of the Electric Daisy Flower Farm, worked with the Somerset Garden Day campaign last year to create spectacular, statement flower crowns for leading supporters including Charles Dowding (gardening expert and no-dig champion), Lia Leedertz (garden writer) and Stephanie Hafferty (professional kitchen gardener).
L to R: Lia Leendertz, Stephanie Hafferty, Charles Dowding
Garden designer, Arit Anderson said:
“I’m supporting Garden Day to encourage people to sit back and enjoy the virtues of their hard work. So often we are ‘doing’ in the garden without just ‘being’ in the garden. 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. We get to choose the plants we love that bring us joy!”
You will find a comprehensive toolkit available to every Garden Day host via the campaign website www.gardenday.co.uk/toolkit packed with celebration ideas, Garden Day images and videos as well as a social media toolkit to help you join the conversation using the hashtag #GardenDayUK and tagging @GardenDayUK.
There are also free flower crown-making videos from gardener, James Douglass, working with an ivy base and from Rachel Wardley of Tallulah Rose Flower School, crafting an immaculate floral crown https://www.gardenday.co.uk/gallery/.