Flower crowns will be gracing many a UK garden next month as Sunday 12th May marks the launch of Garden Day, a nationwide community benefit project created by the Candide gardening app. 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.
The aim of Garden Day is to highlight the considerable benefits that gardens offer for positive mental wellbeing and building community. And it takes place at the start of both Mental Health Awareness Week and the National Gardens Scheme’s Gardens and Health Week.
Gardeners and florists are the happiest of all the professions … nearly twice as happy as people in more prestigious and better paid jobs.” ~Professor Paul Dolan, UK Economist & Behavioural Scientist
There are several different ways that florists can become involved in the day:
- Download the Garden Centres & Florists Toolkit.
- You may like to put together a ‘Flower Crown Starter Pack’ containing stub wires, Parafilm/Stemtex and a link to the video below.
- The event organisers have arranged a few free pop-up flower crown workshops at Hauser & Wirth, Chelsea Physic Garden, Frome Independent Market and RHS Wisley. However, you may like to run your own workshops.
FLOWER CROWN INSPIRATION
Some of the UK’s top personalities have shown their support for the Garden Day movement by wearing flower crowns, many of whom you can see below…
HOW TO VIDEO
Rachel Wardley of Tallulah Rose Flower School has worked with the Garden Day initiative to create an exclusive video on how to make the perfect flower crown.
Post and tag (#GardenDayUK & @GardenDayUK) your Garden Day photographs on social media and you could be in with a chance of winning one of 10 National Garden Gift vouchers worth £200 each!
The Garden Day campaign is endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society, National Gardens Scheme, National Garden Gift Vouchers and the Garden Centre Association.
Hope you have fun…and good luck!