It’s not just about gardening, but enjoying the outdoors with friends and family…

Celebrate Garden Day by making a flower crown and inviting friends and family to join you in our outdoor space for tea or brunch!

On Sunday 11 October, South Africans across the country will celebrate their unique green spaces and gardens in every shape and size.

Created by gardening app Candide, Garden Day is a growing movement uniting people in their love for plants and flowers since 2016. From keepers of rolling lawns, community gardens, and vegetable patches to potted window sills, patio planters, and urban rooftops, the annual celebration is calling on plant lovers to put on a flower crown, down tools, and enjoy the fruits of their labour.

The happiness effect of gardens

According to a recent survey by Candide, 96% of people said they felt happier when spending downtime in their gardens. The findings revealed the most popular garden activities are spending time in a favourite spot admiring plants, listening to birdsong and watching the wildlife, breathing in the fresh air and garden scents, enjoying a cuppa and a chat, taking me time with a quiet bite to eat, playing with the children, reading a book, or lazing on the grass.

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“It’s been proven that if you surround yourself with plants and flowers, you’re likely to be happier. I can attest to that,” says Wolseley-based flower farmer Adene Nieuwoudt. “My flowers keep me energised and enthusiastic. Garden Day is the ideal celebration to express this sentiment.”

“There’s an unhurried creativity that comes with gardening,” adds award-winning interior designer Donald Nxumalo. “Typically, I’m racing against the clock, but on my balcony I can let the process evolve slowly. This balances and invigorates me. It inspires my design work.”

How to make a ROSEMARY FLOWER CROWN

Zucchini blossoms, hibiscus petals, lavender buds, or whole pansies – edible flowers have been on the menu for thousands of years. Flowers are as versatile as herbs to add not only visual appeal but also flavour and fragrance to any drink or dish.

You’ll need

  • Rosemary branch
  • Nasturtium flowers or kappertjies
  • Waterblommetjies
  • Rocket flowers

Steps

  • Make a circle with the rosemary branch and check its circumference on your head to make sure it’s a perfect fit.
  • Twist the waterblommetjies, two at a time, all the way around the rosemary base to bulk up your crown.
  • Add your finishing touch by threading rocket flowers into the holes between the rosemary and waterblommetjie strands on the right-hand side of your crown to create a beautiful floral focal point.

Join the movement

To inspire South Africans to celebrate all things green, Garden Day will host a number of virtual events  in the run up to Sunday 11 October including flower crown making workshops, so that you can  make your own flower crown, the ultimate Garden Day accessory.

On the day the movement will host its first Virtual Garden Day Gathering with a host of events, including yoga sessions, garden-inspired gourmet cooking and more via Zoom and Facebook Live.

The final programme and details will be released on Gardenday.co.za/Events at the start of October. Visit Gardenday.co.za/GetInvolved for a handy toolkit to help you plan the perfect virtual celebration, including recipe ideas, downloadable invitations for your virtual celebration and things to do and make with children in the garden.