Gardens, flowers, and nature as a whole have played a huge part in our lives throughout the pandemic. In a time full of uncertainty, nature and gardening have offered solace for many, acting as a refuge and allowing escapism from daily life.
This month, not only do we celebrate the power of flowers during the Festival of Flowers
, but it's Garden Day, too!
There's no better way to celebrate gardens and flowers than by creating a beautiful flower crown. Making a flower crown is an incredibly mindful activity, and it can be done indoors or in the garden. So, get foraging and choose your flowers wisely.
Small acts of kindness:
- Always harvest lightly and only take as much as you need.
- Never harvest from private land unless you have permission.
Watch this video to learn how to make a flower crown:
Step 1 - Choosing a base
You don't need fancy plants or materials; whatever you have in your green space will work. You can make a good base with things like willow, Cornus or even raffia, string or an old headband if you have one.
Step 2 - Foliage and Flowers
8 Common Plants Perfect for Flower Crowns
Commonly grown in gardens across the country, this aromatic herb adds attractive foliage to any crown and can also be a great addition to a Garden Day drink!
It may be slightly early, but if you're lucky enough to have roses in the garden, they look gorgeous on a crown and anywhere else for that matter!
Smaller flowers with tightly clustered petals will survive well out of water for a while. You can also use rosehips for a variety of garden day treats - from herbal tea to marmalade.
A common garden shrub, specific varieties of spindle tree have gorgeous variegated edges with bright colours, and the foliage will help fill out your crown.
Lilac trees should be coming into flower at the moment, filling the air with their gorgeous scent and providing abundant blooms to harvest for your flower crown!
Eucalyptus branches are perfect for creating the base of your crown. Relatively common, their stunning silvery foliage also smells great, and smaller leaved varieties will create a lovely effect as foliage amongst the flowers.
Grass can be fiddly, but seeding grass heads can add a whimsical look to your crown and makes it easy to remember that summer is just around the corner!
There are loads of different grasses you can try, but the greater quaking grass, pictured above, is one of the most decorative - if you can find some!
If you're lucky enough to have access to any of the three native conifer species in the UK, Scot's pine, yew and juniper, try using them as a base on which to add the rest of your foliage.
Other conifers, like fir, spruce and pine trees, are also perfect additions to the crown atop your head come Garden Day!
A common visitor to lawns throughout the country, daisies of any size are perfect as a quick way to add a splash of joy!
Some other common plants you might find on your daily walk:
Remember, it doesn't have to be perfect, have fun with it! Nature is always beautiful, no matter how you combine plants.
Explore all our outdoor plants perfect for flower crowns here.
Watch some of the Candide have a go at making a flower crown:
Share pictures of your flower crown with #GardenDay2021 on social media and Candide on May the 9th. You can also follow @GardenDayUK on Candide, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more inspiration!
Festival of Flowers
When it comes to our own health and well-being, gardens and flowers go hand in hand. Both are extremely important for our own well-being and health and are a valuable resource for pollinators and other native wildlife. You can learn more about the benefits of flowers here:
Take a picture of your flower crown to enter our Festival of Flowers competition! Just use the Hashtag #ShowUsYourBlooms on social media to enter.