I’ve had a passion for flowers, shrubs, fruit, and veg growing for many years.
During the first lockdown and whilst I was on furlough, I had the opportunity to spend time at my allotment – I spent several hours a day there – the soil made me feel calm and the light gave me energy and hope. I was able to focus on the present and the future. The planting and gardening made me feel calm and supportive.
With that feeling, I then started to think about what I really wanted to do and what makes me happy grounded and content – that was gardening! I wanted to give back to others how I felt. Many of our clients are elderly and some are lonely, housebound, and bereaved. I wanted to make them feel special and hopeful. I began to create a space for them to either sit or look at, from their window – they could see bulbs peeping and growing into amazing colours and fragrances. This gave them hope. Some of our customers garden alongside us and it’s been great therapy.
I also use gardening to help with mental health conditions such as bereavement and stress. Having had to deal with grief myself on a few occasions, I always had gardening as my go to helpline – somehow it makes me feel relaxed with also making me focus on the present and being outside with nature certainly makes me feel calm and happy. I like to help others feel confident and happy about their garden. For me, it’s also a source of mindfulness.
Since I started the business in March 2021, the business grown, and we now have a small team of 4 gardeners who are all passionate about the same thing. We support each other and love to continually learn about all the shrubs and nature loving plants.