Garden Day UK 2021

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Garden Day UK 2021 is nearly here!

In fact it’s next Sunday May 9th in 2021.

You see this is not a one year wonder and it’s already into its fifth year. Where did that time go? I’ve been involved with this great celebratory day since the very first year when it started in Somerset. Now it’s a National event and getting bigger every year!

What is Garden Day UK 2021?

James Alexander Sinclair, Alan Down, Garden Day, flower crown

Garden presenter James Alexander Sinclair with the author

It’s an annual celebration of gardens and gardening and due to Covid 19 it’s going to have to be markedly different to the earlier ones but no less fun!

You can still celebrate Garden Day UK 2021 with friends, neighbours and family in your garden but do observe any Covid 19 restrictions that are still in place.

Garden Day, now in its fifth year, is one day of the year to set aside and enjoy! Just lay down your tools and celebrate the garden and nature!

We know the value of green spaces and gardening to our physical health and well being and that has come through loud and clear during these difficult times.

 

 

 

WHEN IS GARDEN DAY?

BBC Radio Bristol, Lucy Tegg, flower crown

Lucy Tegg at BBC Radio Bristol

Sunday May 9th 2021 is Garden Day UK 2021.

WHO CAN TAKE PART?

Anyone can take part and they don’t even need to have a garden!

We’d like everyone to observe social distancing and stay safe but you can take part in the safety of your home or in your garden. This is the perfect time to reconnect with close family and to have a bit of fun too.

Of course you can share with your friends and family by posting your pictures of yourself and your garden online.

And just don’t forget to use the hashtag #gardendayuk and #flowercrown. You can also tag @GardenDayUK

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Garden Day UK 2021 is about stopping what you’re doing, grabbing a mug of something or perhaps a drink of something stronger and just appreciating the wonder of gardens and nature that surrounds us. This is so much better when done with just a few close friends and family.

We’d like you to make a flower crown to wear on your head!

Don’t be bashful and the one that I’m wearing above was created by me in about 30 minutes.

I used foliage and flowers from our hedgerow and of course cow parsley from the road verge.

 

Felicity Down, Garden Day UK 2021, flower crown

Alan’s wife Felicity wearing a flower crown

You could of course use flowers from your garden as my wife Felicity has in the video below.

This video was filmed by us last year when Garden Day was a day later so please remember that in 2021 it is May 9th.

If you don’t have a garden you can still get involved.

Even if you have a balcony or a courtyard you can still have a bit of fun on Garden Day UK 2021!

Why not but some flowers from the supermarket or from the garage forecourt to make your #flowercrown?

You could visit the local park or one of the many National Garden Scheme [NGS] gardens that are open. NGS has really got behind Garden Day UK 2021 this year.

When gathering material remember not to pick anything rare or unusual and certainly not from someone else’s garden!

Do you think that flower crowns are not for men? Well I think that you would be surprised at just how many have been wearing them! If you feel uncomfortable wearing flowers on your head you might feel more comfortable wearing vegetables, fruits or herbs.

This year I’m going to try to get my two dogs to wear #flowercrowns. I rather suspect that they will be short lived!

MAKING A FLOWER CROWN FOR VIRTUAL GARDEN DAY

Take a look at this video where my wife Felicity demonstrates how you can easily make a flowercrown without specialist equipment and in just a few minutes!

PLEASE NOTE – this video was filmed in our kitchen last year and the date referred to is incorrect for this year as Garden Day UK 2021 is on Sunday 9th May.

This year Garden Day UK 2021 is supported by the garden app Candide Gardening UK. It’s an invaluable aid to gardening and a gateway to an online community that shares your interest in gardening.

I’ll be talking about Garden Day UK 2021 on several radio stations this week but in particular on BBC Radio Bristol [from 9 am]with Lucy Tegg [pictured above] and on BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester with Jonathan Ray and Reg Moule [from 2 pm].

flower crown girl, selfie

Take a selfie and upload it, but don’t forget those hashtags!

Listen out for me on Garden Day!

Jonathan Moseley, Alan Down, Felicity Down, flower crowns

Felicity Down, celebrity florist Jonathan Moseley and Alan Down at Malvern Show

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