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It’s certainly an interesting time for all of us at the moment, with lockdown measures meaning we all need to stay at home as much as possible in order to slow the spread of coronavirus and reduce the burden on an overstretched NHS.
An interesting knock-on effect of this has been a rise in ‘crisis gardening’, as it has been dubbed, with people getting back to nature more and more, and turning their attention to their outdoor spaces.
It’s certainly been helped by the recent spell of good weather, of course, but it’s great to see everyone taking an interest in gardening and growing all sorts of plants, some for the first time ever.
Something you might be interested in catching, whether you’re new to gardening or have loved it for years, is the upcoming Chelsea Flower Show. The actual event was cancelled because of the pandemic but the organisers have decided to hold it digitally for the first time ever, hosted by BBC presenters from their own back gardens between May 18th and 23rd.
Viewers will be able to vote for the People’s Choice garden of the decade, product of the year, plant of the decade – and they will also be able to take part in a competition by submitting pictures of their own gardens, explaining how gardening has helped them during the pandemic.
RHS director general Sue Biggs said: “Plants, gardening and the natural world have never been so important to us. At the RHS, we are acutely aware of the benefits that gardening and nurturing plants can have on our mental health and wellbeing.”
And Catherine Catton, factual commissioner for Chelsea Flower Show, explained that viewers can expect to see similar techniques that were learned on Gardeners’ World, with families presenting from their gardens and you’ll be able to alternate between them or split-screen.
You can expect to see the private gardens of different florists, gardening personalities or garden designers every day of the show – and you’re sure to come away with all sorts of great new ideas for your own outdoor spaces, as well.
It might also be useful to check out the RHS’s beginner’s guide to successful planting and growing if you aren’t sure where to begin. There are all sorts of different online booklets to read depending on what you want to do in the garden, whether that’s planting a pot with seasonal small plants, make a raised bed or welcome wild bees to your garden.
Gardening is a great way to spend time together as a family and also represents an excellent learning opportunity for kids, keeping them busy and entertained all at the same time.
Call Bristol grow shop Bill and Ben’s if you need any gardening help or advice right now.