Garden Day: Get your flower crown on

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Klerksdorp Midweek, Klerksdorp - 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.

According to a recent survey by the gardening app 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.

But that’s not all that’s good about gardening and anyone from a newbie gardener to a gardening guru can benefit from the calming effects of mulching, potting, pruning or weeding.

A good reason to spend time in your garden is that it improves your immune system. Spending time in the sun increases the absorption of vitamin D, which in turn helps the body absorb calcium to keep your bones and immune system healthy.

Gardening is hard work and can burn as many as 330 calories in one hour. Gardening requires a lot of physical activity and helps to release a group of feel-good hormones (endorphins) which makes one feel relaxed and satisfied. Also, being outside in sunlight is an instant mood booster. “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 and Garden Day Flower Crown Ambassador Adene Nieuwoudt. “My flowers keep me energised and enthusiastic. Garden Day is the ideal celebration to express this sentiment.”

Numerous studies have shown that gardening lowers the risk of stroke and heart disease, and can prolong your life by up to as much as 30%. Several stu-dies show that gardeners eat more fruits and vegetables than their peers and people who grow their food tend to eat (and be) healthier.

Growing and maintaining a garden creates a sense of responsibility, purpose and ownership. Gardening engages all senses, like smelling fresh herbs, feeling the soil between your fingers and listening to the bees buzzing around the blooms. This is especially valuable for the development and education of young children as it stimulates their sensory awareness.

Gardening helps inspire creativity and allows individuals to express themselves in unique ways. It offers an outlet to connect with oneself, one’s dreams and one’s passions by creating a space to reflect, nurture and grow. Being creative makes for happy humans. Garden Day Flower Crown Ambassador and award-winning interior designer Donald Nxumalo concurs. “There’s an unhurried creativity that comes with gardening,” says Donald.

“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.”

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