Garden Day

It’s Garden Day SA and you’re all invited!

Most of the year we plant, water, weed and mulch. Garden Day, on 15 October, is a time to toss down your spade, invite family and friends round and celebrate your hard work. It’s a day intended to unite South Africans through our common enjoyment of gardening and the outdoors. From a potted backyard to an urban farm or the tiniest balcony hung with geraniums, it represents the appreciation of our very own versions of a planted paradise.

According to a recent study, people traditionally spend more time gardening than they do relaxing in their gardens. Some even spend the equivalent of a month each year planting, weeding and watering. So we’re encouraging you to toss the spade, turn off the TV, invite your favourite people round and relax.

In the lead-up to Garden Day, get connected to a library of gardening information, suggestions and direct access to skilled gardeners by downloading the app ‘Gardening with Babylonstoren’ (it’s free on the Garden Day website.) Visit Life is a Garden to locate your nearest Garden Centre or nursery and explore its enticing grounds.

Make the most of Garden Day with one or more of these ideas.
– Use fresh flowers and greenery from your garden to make flower crowns for everyone. Watch SuzelleDIY’s tutorial here.
– Invite friends for a bring’n-braai, use herbs from the garden to flavour the meat.
– Invite neighbours and friends round for rooibos tea en ‘beskuit’.
– Have a garden scavenger hunt.
– Instead of book club, have a plant club. Ask guests to bring a rare or interesting plant to swap with one of the other guests.
– Enjoy dinner outside in the garden with each dish featuring a home-grown ingredient.
– If you don’t have your own garden, visit someone who does and enjoy it with them.

Make sure you’re following us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for our gardens editor Heidi Bertish’s gardening and plant advice, or share your plans so that we can celebrate with you too.

To see how to get involved, visit

Flower crowns and photography Alma Haser

Featured image floral design Storm Ross, Holloway Floral Design Photography Karl Rogers