Celebrate Garden Day on Sunday October 9

Jess Spiro

Reliance Compost
South Africans of all stripes are joined by their common love of gardens. That’s why we’re celebrating our first ever Garden Day. Patio potters, veggie farmers, dahlia aces, guerilla gardeners, mink & manure dames and green-fingered folk in general are all invited to enjoy their private heavens on Sunday 9 October 2016.

Garden Day is intended to bring us together to appreciate one of life’s simplest but most profound pleasures.

You can enjoy this day in your own back yard, at your neighbour’s urban farm, or even on a balcony with geraniums overlooking the city…
It doesn’t really matter what size your garden is. What’s important is to appreciate your very own version of a planted paradise and share it with friends and neighbours.

Most of the year we plant, water, weed and mulch – work, in other words. Now, here’s a day where we can reap the rewards of all labour. Toss down that spade, invite family and friends around, kick back and appreciate the varied reasons why making a garden is so worthwhile!

Besides the pleasure of smelling the roses, science is proving that gardening has distinct health benefits. According to various studies, gardening lowers blood pressure and increases brain activity. It combats stress and anxiety more effectively than any other kind of leisure activity – including reading! It also alleviates angst and depression. For older folk it lowers the risk of dementia, stroke and heart attack.

Gardening can help us recuperate faster. Remarkably, it even seems to calm prisoners in jail. People who garden tend to eat more fruits and vegetables and the same is true for kids who garden at home or at school.

Whether you’re a newbie or a veteran gardener, here’s a tip. In the lead-up to Garden Day, get connected to a library of gardening information, suggestions and direct access to gardening experts. Download the app Gardening with Babylonstoren on your mobile phone. It’s free!

With all these reasons to celebrate, let’s hope for beautiful weather in the heart of Spring. So hang up those gloves, invite neigbours and friends around for tea and biscuits, or join them for a glass of bubbly. After all, Sunday 9 October is SA’s first Garden Day!

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