Inspirational flower crown ambassadors, a packed calendar of virtual events, and DIY tips for a garden celebration are set to connect plant lovers across South Africa as Garden Day marks the beginning of Spring for the most meaningful Garden Day yet.
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. From keepers of rolling lawns, community gardens, and vegetable patches to potted window sills, patio planters, and urban rooftops, the annual celebration is calling on plant lovers to put on a flower crown, down tools, and enjoy the fruits of their labour.
This year, Garden Day is especially poignant. Over the past few months, South Africans have turned to their green spaces to find solace and balance. Gardening has been proven to boost both mental and physical well-being and create a sense of belonging and connection. With spring in the air, it offers a chance to pause, reflect, and celebrate a season of new beginnings. From enjoying an outdoor picnic with your family to sharing your green haven with friends online, Garden Day is about taking a moment to celebrate the greenery that brings you joy.
The Happiness Effect of Gardens
According to a recent survey by 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.
“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 Adene Nieuwoudt. “My flowers keep me energised and enthusiastic. Garden Day is the ideal celebration to express this sentiment.”
“There’s an unhurried creativity that comes with gardening,” adds award-winning interior designer Donald Nxumalo. “Typically, 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.”
Nieuwoudt and Nxumalo are among the 2020 Garden Day ambassadors that will put on a flower crown and lead this year’s celebrations. They are joined by some of South Africa’s favourite flower and plant enthusiasts including landscape designer Joy Phala, Babylonstoren’s floral designer Constance Stuurman and master gardener Gundula Deutschlander, Chef Nti actor, writer and producer Donnalee Roberts, opera singer and television presenter Lynelle Kenned, and visual artist Alice Toich.
Join the movement
To inspire South Africans to celebrate all things green, Garden Day will host a number of virtual events in the run up to Sunday 11 October including flower crown making workshops, so that you can make your own flower crown, the ultimate Garden Day accessory. On the day the movement will host its first Virtual Garden Day Gathering with a host of events, including yoga sessions, garden-inspired gourmet cooking and more via Zoom and Facebook Live. The final programme and details will be released on Gardenday.co.za/Events at the start of October.
Visit Gardenday.co.za/GetInvolved for a handy toolkit to help you plan the perfect virtual celebration, including recipe ideas, downloadable invitations for your virtual celebration and things to do and make with children in the garden. .
Catch news, updates, and inspiration at @GardenDaySA on Candide, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter. Tag your posts with @GardenDaySA and #GardenDaySA to share your green celebration with friends, family, and fellow plant lovers online.
Experience TOKARA in all its autumn splendour when this acclaimed Stellenbosch family wine and olive estate opens its extensive farm garden to the public for the annual Rare Plant Fair on Saturday, 18 April 2020.
Meander through tranquil walks dotted with sculptures by local artists while taking in the magnificent vistas over the large garden dam. The dedicated indigenous garden, textures in the cork oak forest and the fresh scents wafting from the terraces of the picking garden will appeal to all the senses. Other enchanting secrets worth discovering are the inspiring vegetable garden, wetlands and the gurgling mountain stream flowing into soothing lily ponds.
The magnificent Tokara garden has been beautifully captured in the Tokara Collection, a new hand-crafted range of pure linen. Designed and produced by photographer Theresa Fourie and Rest Established, every pillowcase, tablecloth and apron showcases the TOKARA gardens in all its glory. All items will be available at the Open Garden and can be purchased at the Tokara Deli. For more information and orders email email@example.com
The wide variety of plants on sale from indigenous flora such as fynbos and proteas to the more exotic, this popular event will appeal to all tastes. Besides coffee and other refreshments, TOKARA will be well represented with their elegant wines and award-winning extra virgin olive oils.
The TOKARA Rare Plant Fair and Autumn Open Garden 2020 open from 09h00 until 16h00. Entry for adults is R50 in aid of a local charity. Children aged under 10 have free entry. The TOKARA Tasting Lounge, restaurants and Delicatessen will be open as usual on Saturday. For more information visit www.tokara.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Rare Plant Fair email Karin Alant at email@example.com
Rake in the Fun at the only dedicated Garden Show in Gauteng! The third annual Autumn Garden Show takes place from 3 to 5 April 2020 at The Herb Farm in Midrand, and it’s an event not to be missed!
Great gardens start in autumn, and with a variety of plants, seeds and gardening goodies on sale, your lush and colourful garden will soon be the envy of all.
Take a journey from Singapore to Africa in our tent dedicated to unique and wonderfully tropical plants, and shop till you drop for lots of herbs, crafts, garden décor, outdoor power tools and more. Be the first to get a glimpse of exciting new plant ranges, soon to be available at your local garden centre, while you stroll along the Kirchhoffs New Releases Pathway.
Take home top tips on how to grow a healthy lemon tree and care for your orchids, presented by gardening gurus and industry specialists at the free Atlantic Talks and Demos.
Relax on the MayFord Tipple Terrace with a botanical gin or refreshment and some posh nosh, and wander through the picturesque Herb Farm that boasts over 450 different herbs, a scented rose garden, traditional monastic gardens and a sensory spiral labyrinth.
Bring the kids along to the Starke Ayres Kidz Zone for a day filled with fun and activities where they can plant their own pot plant to take home, and where there will be colouring in competitions and more.
Presented by The Gardener and Die Tuinier magazines, in partnership with GP Lawnmowers, this family event is the perfect way to fall happily into autumn!
Friday 3 – Sunday 5 April 2020
The Herb Farm, 264 Summit Road (R562), Bridle Park, Midrand, 1685
Gates open from 9am – 5pm daily (final gate entry at 4pm)
Box Office Tickets: R80 Adults, R65 Pensioners and Children U12. Children that fit under the Giant Daisy only R20