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A Celebration of Gardening!

A special weekend to celebrate the joy of plants and gardening is taking place on 13th-14th April 2024.

Discover Plant Appreciation Day

First up is Plant Appreciation Day on Saturday April 13th, which is a global event designed to recognise the important role that plants play in our lives.

Plants are an essential resource for everyone. We rely on them for food, water, medicine, the air we breathe, our habitat and climate. Looking after plants also has many benefits for our health and happiness. Research suggests that the greatest benefits of indoor plants are through wellbeing and productivity improvement. They can also improve air quality by taking in carbon dioxide and other pollutants.

Plant Appreciation Day is a chance to celebrate the positive impact of plants. Some ways to do this include visiting a local botanical garden or greenhouse, learning more about the plants that grow in your garden or by joining an online gardening community.

It’s also the perfect time to welcome a beautiful new houseplant into your home or workplace.

Here at Barton Grange, we have an impressive selection of houseplants in all shapes and sizes. They range from large-leaved jungle plants to tiny succulents that look like stones. There are house plants for sun and shade, dry conditions and even humid bathrooms.

Our friendly team is always on hand to offer advice and help you pick your perfect plants.

National Gardening Day

On Sunday 14th April, it’s National Gardening Day which is designed to encourage more people to dig in and get gardening. With the arrival of spring, there is no better time to head outdoors and enjoy time spent sowing and growing.

Gardening is proven to benefit our physical and mental health. It combines physical activity with social interaction and exposure to nature and sunlight. All that digging, planting and weeding burns calories and improves circulation. Being around plants and nature has also been shown to lower stress levels and improve our mood. Even if you don’t have a garden, you can still enjoy gardening.

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Our Plant Area Manager Will Clark says:

“There is always space to grow. Whether it’s a potted plant on your windowsill or a tomato bag growing on your patio, we can all benefit from the experience of gardening. There are loads of space saving plants too such as clematis and sweet peas that grow vertically. And a hanging basket filled with vibrant summer bedding plants is one of the most joyful sights to come home to.”

As the days get longer and temperatures start to rise, April is a good month to plant perennials, sow hardy annuals such as marigolds and plant summer-flowering bulbs including lilies and gladioli. Vegetable growing really takes off this month too. Beetroots, carrots, lettuce, leeks, radish, turnips and peas can all be sown outdoors. Sow seed indoors of marrows, courgettes, pumpkins, sweet peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines, celery and globe artichokes. By summer you will be able to enjoy your very own delicious homegrown produce!

Check out Will’s top ten gardening jobs for April here.

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