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Health, happiness and horticulture
27 May 2016 10:27:00
The RHS Chelsea Flower Show begins on 24th May. Every year the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea are transformed into show gardens and vibrant displays for the one of the world's most famous flower shows. The show has become an important venue for watching emerging gardening trends. New plants are launched and it’s often described as the garden design equivalent of Paris Fashion Week.
This year’s theme is Greening Grey Britain which focuses on the link between gardening and well-being.
Gardening is a great way to lift your spirits. According to a recent survey carried out by Gardener’s World, it found that gardeners are less likely to display signs associated with unhappiness or depression.
The poll of 1,500 adults in the UK found that 80 % of gardeners feel satisfied with their lives compared with 67 % of non-gardeners.
Gardeners’ World editor Lucy Hall says: ‘We have long suspected it, but our research means we can definitely say gardening makes you happy.’
‘Part of it comes from nurturing something but also a natural optimism that no matter how bad the weather, there’s always next year. It’s also about passing the seed of knowledge and the pleasure that gives.’
Gardening is also good exercise and it gets you out in the fresh air. In fact, outdoor pursuits in general bring the most happiness – 78 % of walkers are satisfied with their lives, as are 75 % of those who fish.