Picture yourself unwinding in a lush green garden, surrounded by flowers and all things pretty. It doesn’t get better than that!
It’s Garden Day on Sunday 21 October, and whether you choose to spend it in your own backyard, in your neighbour’s garden or even on a balcony overlooking the city, the day is all about downing tools, wiping your brow, and allowing yourself the time to appreciate the joys of a garden, no matter its size, shape or form.
Gardening for the win
According to a recent study, people traditionally spend 20% more time working in their gardens than they do relaxing in them. The same study revealed that people feel happier when they’re in their gardens than they do when they’re out or watching television. The benefits of gardening are many. Not only do gardens bring communities and people together, but gardening has been proven to help combat stress and enhance both mental and physical health.
It’s a celebration
Taking part in Garden Day couldn’t be easier. Decide on how you want to celebrate your garden space with family, friends and neighbours, then download our free digital and printable Garden Day invitation to send out to everyone, inviting them to join you on Sunday 21 October.
Get in gear for Garden Day Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned gardener, in the lead-up to Garden Day 2018, help your gardening skills blossom by downloading the free Candide gardening app. The app connects you to a library of gardening information with direct access to top South African gardening specialists, as well as useful tips and articles, including recipe ideas and “how-to” guides – it even helps you locate the closest garden centre to help you get your garden ready for Garden Day.
Need some inspiration? Here are a few ideas.
1. Host a flower-crown-making party
Flower crowns are on trend right now – as seen on the recent covers of British and American Vogue, where even Rihanna and Beyoncé were rocking flower crowns. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with your friends, spending time crafting your crowns together over delicious food and ice-cold bubbly. Use fresh flowers and greenery from your garden to make flower crowns for your guests.
Check out Suzelle's DIY videos for a simple tutorial on how to make the perfect flower crown for Garden Day. Or why not attend one of the free flower-crown-maker stations at the Neighbourgoods Markets on 20 October, in Cape Town and Joburg respectively, to make your own? Click here to register.
2. Host a tea party
Raise a teacup and channel your inner Duke or Duchess. ’Tis the season for tea or, even better, ice-tea parties in the garden! Enjoy your space, whether it be a cottage-style garden or a backyard, by hosting an outdoor celebration this Garden Day. Add a flower napkin ring to make your plates look blooming elegant, or make ice cubes containing edible flowers for prettier drinks.
3. Host a plant club
Instead of a book club, ask your friends around for a plant club get-together. Ask your guests to bring an interesting plant and swap amongst the group. This is a great way to celebrate if you have a small balcony, patio, courtyard or even a small row of pot plants along your window sill. You will be introduced to new plants and have something different to add to your garden. It doesn’t really matter how big or small your garden is. What’s important is appreciating your own plant paradise and sharing it with friends and neighbours.
4. Have a deli-style picnic
Dining al fresco is one of spring’s greatest pleasures. To create a deli-style picnic, simply lay a blanket down in your backyard or in a public park and enjoy a selection of dips, bread, cold meats and finger foods. Picnicking is also a great way to entertain. Add a special touch to your picnic by making your own dips using a blender and some fresh herbs from your garden.
5. Have a braai
Is there anything better than the smell of a braai? Organise one in your own garden, with friends, music and food. Even better, use herbs from the garden to flavour your meat. For some extra flair, create beautiful flower centerpieces for your table to dazzle your guests.
Show us how you’re celebrating Garden Day by tagging @gardendaysa or use #gardenday in your Facebook posts, tweets and Insta posts.