Garden Day: Time to stop and smell the roses

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The first Virtual Garden Day Gathering will feature a flower crown fantasy workshop with international floral designer Mabel Maposa. Picture: Supplied
The first Virtual Garden Day Gathering will feature a flower crown fantasy workshop with international floral designer Mabel Maposa. Picture: Supplied

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On Sunday, lovers of all things green around South Africa will be joining family and friends in a virtual Garden Day celebration.

It will happen on rolling lawns, rooftop gardens, bushy balconies and floral stoeps. Everyone is invited.

This year, Garden Day is especially poignant as people have turned to their gardens for solace and balance recently.

Gardening boosts mental and physical wellbeing; creates a sense of belonging.

Now it is spring – time to reflect and celebrate new beginnings.

Over the years, flower crowns have become essential on Garden Day.

This fresh, wild, blooming headdress represents what the movement is about: passion, celebration, festivities and a love for all things green.

It’s been proven that if you surround yourself with plants and flowers, you’re likely to be happier.
Flower farmer Adene Nieuwoudt

To inspire celebration, Garden Day is hosting virtual events in the run-up to Sunday, including flower crown-making workshops so you can spend time crafting one, then wear it and feel like royalty.

On the day, the movement will host its first Virtual Garden Day Gathering with a host of events, including a flower crown-off with comedian Schalk Bezuidenhout and TV and radio presenter Zoë Brown; garden gourmet; and a flower crown fantasy workshop with international floral designer Mabel Maposa via Zoom and Facebook Live.

There’s no better way to connect with like-minded plant lovers across the land and take a moment to celebrate the greenery that brings you joy.

Global research has revealed that florists are some of the happiest people – much happier than those whose jobs pay more or work in supposedly prestigious professions.

And fresh flowers in your home encourage compassion and kindness, resulting in less worry and anxiety.

Living with flowers can also be an energy booster, helping people tackle their working days with enthusiasm.

Wolseley-based flower farmer Adene Nieuwoudt cultivates high-quality, long-lasting flowers and foliage.

As one of the 2020 Garden Day ambassadors, she will proudly display her flower crown for this year’s celebrations.

“It’s been proven that if you surround yourself with plants and flowers, you’re likely to be happier,” she says. “I can attest to that. My flowers keep me energised.”

Adene’s fellow ambassador is Babylonstoren’s floral designer Constance Stuurman, who makes flower crowns that taste as good as they look: “All you need to make it edible are a few South African ingredients.

I use rosemary, kappertjies, waterblommetjies and rocket flowers, but I’d encourage everyone to experiment and create something that suits their personal taste.”

Find the Virtual Garden Day programme and a flower crown-making video at gardenday.co.za.

Once you’ve made your flower crown, snap a picture and share it across social media, using the tags @GardenDaySA and #GardenDaySA.


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