From Tintinhull to a simple trellis, from historic Hestercombe to a humble vegetable patch, communities across Somerset share a long-standing passion for gardens. That’s why, on Sunday 14 May, the county will hold the first ever Somerset Garden Day with a simple ambition in mind: to encourage people to down tools and spend some quality time celebrating their gardens.
Taking part in Somerset Garden Day couldn’t be easier: just find a fun and relaxing way to celebrate your garden space on Sunday 14 May. How you celebrate is completely up to you – it could be hosting a family picnic, inviting friends round for a barbeque or sharing afternoon tea with your neighbours. There are no rules about how to celebrate and anyone and everyone can take part, regardless of age or gardening experience. The most important thing is for everyone to spend time relaxing and enjoying their gardens on Sunday 14 May!
While Somerset is home to some of the world’s most famous gardens, Somerset Garden Day is unique because it encourages people to spend quality time appreciating their own. Somerset Garden Day is about celebrating the county’s gardening efforts in all its shapes and forms, whether you have a rolling lawn and flowerbeds, a patio of potted plants or a simple kitchen herb garden. Villages, towns and cities across the county are being encouraged to spread the word about Somerset Garden Day to encourage as many people as possible to get involved in the celebrations on Sunday 14 May.
In particular, Somerset Garden Day hopes to inspire more people to experience the wonderful wellbeing benefits that gardens and gardening can bring. A King’s Fund report published last year (2016) has shown that spending more time in gardens can help to combat stress and enhance mental and physical health. It is hoped that Somerset Garden Day will help renew people’s passion for gardens and perhaps spark a new interest for those who haven’t been interested in gardening in the past.
Garden centres and gardening groups across the county will be taking part in Somerset Garden Day, providing ideas and incentives for people to get involved. The website – www.gardenday.co.uk – offers a range of activity ideas for the day including picnics, barbeques, outdoor games and nature trails. Those taking part are being encouraged to share their preparations and celebrations using #SomersetGardenDay.
So this Somerset Garden Day, it’s time to down tools and celebrate the fruits of your gardening labour! For more information about how to take part, visit www.gardenday.co.uk or share your stories with #SomersetGardenDay.