The Importance Of Gardening: For Health & Well Being
It’s May, and the month of Britain’s prestigious “Chelsea Flower Show”.
A Bit About The Chelsea Flower Show
The Chelsea Flower show, previously known as “The Great Spring Show” began in 1862 at the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) in Kensington and it is a favourite pastime in British social society. Every summer you can expect to wander through 11 acres of innovative landscape garden designs flourishing with colour and creativity. It is attended by approximately 157,000 members each year, some of which include members of the British Royal Family.
Some Highlights from the Chelsea Flower Show 2018:
Gardening For Health & Well being
The RHS believes that being in the garden improves not only mental well being but also physical well being and we couldn’t agree more.
“Gardening forms a really important part of health and happiness” – Royal Horticultural Society
If you have read our blogs in our Catherine’s English Garden section before, you’ll know that just like the RHS we believe that having a connection with the plants and the environment can give you a sense of serenity, achievement and improves your quality of life.
So now you’re probably wondering why? Let us tell you.
- It keeps you fit
Digging in the soil is a great way to get a quick work out, with no need for the gym or weights if you’ve got some new flowers to plant! Be sure to lean on something soft to protect your knees. Catherine uses a soft kneelo pad from Burgon & Ball to protect her knees.
2. It gets you outside
Being in the sunshine provides an excellent opportunity for you to get a natural source of vitamin D. Take care to protect your skin and your eyes. Use plenty of moisturising sun-cream on your face and we recommend to wear a hat to protect your eyes, whilst you’re working on your stunning creations.
3. Soil strengthens your immune system
We bet you didn’t know this one. The microbes in dirt and soil that get stuck under your nails actually contribute to your immune system, helping to protect you from diseases and also some allergies too.
4. You can grow your own food
If you grow your own fruit and vegetables, this will help promote healthy eating as you will know exactly where it has come from (plus you’re saving money by not buying any in the supermarkets!)
5. The flowers lift your spirits and can reduce depression
As you watch your little seeds grow into something beautiful you can enjoy a real sense of achievement as your all your efforts come into full bloom. There’s nothing quite like standing in your garden and admiring an array of colour, bursting with life and fragrance (which you planted with your own bare hands)
Time leap of Catherine’s Tulips:
Not sure what to plant? We suggest to start by create a “garden buffet” to feed the pollinators and help the environment, by using tips from our blog “A Garden Buffet. Plants to feed the pollinators”