How To Grow Happy
How many of you have been out and about more over the past year? Found a joy in walking, the natural world that surrounds you, growing plant, fruit, or vegetables in your garden? There is a world of reasons that during times of struggle we are drawn to the natural world.
Gardens and gardening make us feel better – that’s a fact – and the real magic is that anyone, anywhere can enjoy the healing power of gardening. From private plots to hospital gardens, churches, allotments and prisons, people all over the country are harnessing the power of gardening for good.
Whether you’re a beginner, or you’re looking to find some exciting new ways of getting your gardening – and wellbeing – fix, here’s how to grow happy.
Getting your hands dirty (or even just being in a garden) can benefit the mind, body, and soul; see our top tips for harnessing the power of gardening to improve your mental health and wellbeing.
Get growing | Growing your own plants and flowers in hugely rewarding, bringing all sorts of health and wellbeing benefits. But what if you’re not quite sure where to start? The RHS how-to guides show you the first steps to successful planting and growing in clear, easy-to-follow stages.
Make new friends | Join a community gardening project – you’ll meet lots of new people and help make the world a better place. There are hundreds of schemes nationwide, from Cornwall to Caithness!
Learn a new skill | Growing your knowledge and skills can be hugely rewarding and great for mental health. Why not sign up for a gardening course today? From a crafty afternoon to monthly or yearly courses; there’s something for everyone.
Get small hands dirty | Share the love of gardening with your children with the RHS Campaign for School Gardening. It’s a fun way to learn everything from maths to science and art; plus ensuring kids get the health and wellbeing benefits of being outside.
Go garden visiting| Discover beautiful spaces and places near you – search the RHS database of hundreds of gardens nationwide. From castles to cottages, there’s a huge variety to excite and inspire you.
Volunteer | Do something amazing today; help the RHS build a greener tomorrow. There are many ways to volunteer with the RHS, from our world-famous flower shows to gardens and community work.
Grow your own | The healthy, cheap, and satisfying way to garden; growing your own fruit and vegetables is one of the best ways to improve health and wellbeing for you and your family.
Get motivated | Just in case you need any more excuses to get outdoors and get stuck into planting and digging. Numerous studies show that gardening is good for both the body and the mind. So good in fact that some GPs have even started writing prescriptions for gardening. The benefits can be as varied as reduced stress to increased fitness and improved vitamin D levels.