Article Source: Dobbies
First Published: 24 May 2021 13:05
Updated: 25 May 2021 12:56
Get them growing…Inspire the next generation of gardeners
Dobbies celebrates National Children’s Gardening Week 29th May - 6th June 2021
The benefits of being in nature have many positives and spending time in the garden is a great way to encourage less screen time, in a calm, plug-free space.
As National Children’s Gardening Week returns this May (29th May – 6th June) it’s the perfect time to nurture children and grandchildren’s interest in the great outdoors.
Not your average garden centre, Dobbies is on a mission to inspire everyone of all ages to have a grow - no matter the size of your garden. Not only that, but they are encouraging families to use sustainable products and practices. Sharing expert advice and ideas for National Children’s Gardening Week, Dobbies Horticultural Director Marcus Eyles said:
“With the return of warmer weather, it’s a busy time in the garden, with young plants maturing, seasonal flowers in bloom, and plenty of wildlife to watch out for. There are many easy to grow plants to get little ones interested. Sunflower growing competitions always cause lots of excitement to see whose plant can grow the tallest!
“Passing down both knowledge and a passion for gardening to future generations is so important, as there are many valuable life skills that can be learned in the process. From practicing patience, to learning about the science of growing and sustainability - the garden naturally combines learning with playtime.”
Ideas to get them growing…
Grow your own – Edible plants to grow now
There are plenty of easy fruit and vegetables to grow, plus many that don’t require much space at all, with containers, window boxes and wall planters all making great mini vegetable gardens and some varieties, such as tumbling cherry tomatoes, growing happily in hanging baskets.
GYO is an ideal way to introduce your children to the enjoyment of growing their own food, broadening their understanding of where the food we eat comes from and also how easy it can be to grow many everyday items on your doorstep.
• Lettuce Little Gem (Strip £2.99)
• Tomato Moneymaker (9cm £1.49)
• Cucumber Snack Mini (Strip £2.99)
Nurture nature, plants that will support garden wildlife
• Dahlia (1L £3.99)
• Bidens Bee Dance (1L £4.99)
• Lavandula Hidcote (2L 9.99)
Jungle – create your own Jurassic Jungle
Children will love to grow their very own garden jungle, the perfect backdrop for little explorers to play in!
• Phoenix canariensis (£9.99)
• Phormium ‘Brown Sugar’ (3L - £18.99)
• Fargesia assorted (2L - £19.99)
• Monstera – Cheese plant
• Dypsis – Parlour palm
• Microsorum – Crocodile fern
• Cacti & succulents – easy to grow favourites
• Delsperma – Pickle plant
• Aloe vera
• Mimosa pudica – commonly known as a sensitive plant, it shrivels up when you touch it then relaxes again after a few mins – children will be in wonder of it!
Why not give them their own patch in the garden?
Family gardening is on the rise. This involves splitting up your patch, so children can have a dedicated area to care for; a raised bed can be an ideal solution for this. Get them involved from the beginning by adding personalised signs and finding out what they would like to grow. From sunflowers to carrots, there are plenty of easy-to-grow plants and vegetables.
A brilliant way to get children outside and to learn about the natural world around them – plus a great chance to talk to them about sustainability and the important of environmentally-friendly products. One of the simplest activities is to spend time watching for visiting birds and keeping a tally of how many you see together. Throughout the year they will start to notice different species of garden birds and you can help to encourage them by setting up a bird feeder or installing a bird house. Making bird food is a fun and messy play activity for the weekend!
Go to dobbies.com/podcasts to listen to the ‘Gardening with kids’ podcast.
Families are invited to reconnect with the National Trust for Scotland properties they love, uncover clues as they explore and receive a delicious Mackie’s chocolate treat for their efforts.
Scots are being encouraged to take things at their own pace as restrictions ease, as research reveals almost half of adults who have met up with others have found it more overwhelming than expected.
Calling all thrill seekers, Edinburgh Leisure is launching a new extreme element to AquaDash, its inflatable playground on water at the Royal Commonwealth Pool when it reopens on 10th June.
Join the National Theatre of Scotland on a journey back to live theatre as it celebrates a programme of new tours, returning productions, a World Premiere and its ongoing digital programme.
Salvage Hunters, the well-loved and most watched Discovery Network show is on the hunt for locations to feature in their special Scotland episode.
A striking new al fresco Spritz Garden at Edinburgh’s new St James Quarter is set to launch on 24th June by the team behind Edinburgh Cocktail Week, the same day the Quarter opens its doors.
Cold Town Brewery in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket is opening its doors to the public for the first time with the launch of new guided group tours in time for Father’s Day on Sunday 20th June.
Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, has announced two virtual Expert Events to help gardeners elevate their green spaces this summer, no matter the size or style of their garden.
Fore Play Crazy Golf has unveiled an exciting new street food and cocktail menu, including a Euros-inspired Scottish serve, to kick off summer.
One of the UK’s top arcade bar brands, NQ64, is set to make its debut in Scotland when it opens on Edinburgh’s Lothian Road this summer.
Tickets on sale for National Theatre production Follies on the big screen at Vue Edinburgh Omni and Vue Edinburgh Ocean.
The National Trust for Scotland’s Gladstone’s Land at the top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is introducing its first ever interactive historical food tour next week (Wednesday June 9).
To mark World Environment Day (5 June), the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) has announced their support for the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
Win a VIP Olympic experience with Sir Chris Hoy or 90s throwback fitness class with Mr Motivator courtesy of itison... and help raise funds for Social Bite to break the cycle of homelessness.
Conifox Adventure Park is waiting to welcome back all of our favourite dads, daddies and ‘you’re like a dad to me’ dudes, with an unmissable offer this Father’s Day.
Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, is getting ready to celebrate Volunteers’ Week (1st – 7th June) by thanking their volunteers for the huge difference that they make to people’s lives.
Scottish Opera returns to live outdoor performance for the first time in nine months, with its popular Pop-up Opera Roadshow, starting Thursday 10th June!
Mancini's of Ayr has been voted the best ice cream manufacturer in the UK at the National Ice Cream Championships 2021 run by the Ice Cream Alliance, the sector's UK trade association.
Michelin Star Chef Tom Kitchin is backing Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland’s Tartan Tea Party to celebrate the nationwide 'Thank You Day' on Sunday 4th July.
Bauer Media Scotland is celebrating after picking up four awards at the Audio and Radio Industry Awards (ARIAs).
Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, has announced the online relaunch of its much-loved Little Seedlings Club, to support and celebrate National Children’s Gardening Week.
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) has announced the return of Edinburgh Zoo’s Christmas Nights, alongside a brand-new family friendly Halloween event running in October.
Holyrood Distillery, Edinburgh’s first single malt whisky distillery in almost 100 years, is to relaunch their tours with a new Gin and Whisky Experience from the 3rd June.
National Theatre of Scotland announces a series of new digital creative engagement projects which explore themes of care and empathy.
Whatever the weather, people in Edinburgh can expect a warm welcome at Refugee Festival Scotland – and a packed programme of events showcasing refugee arts and culture.
The National Trust for Scotland’s Newhailes House has opened its doors for the first time since 2018 with a brand-new visitor experience inside the house and new catering facilities on the estate.
Biscuit giant, Tunnock's, has teamed up with Argyll Holidays, Scotland's marketing leading holiday park operator in Argyll, to design and create the first ever official Tunnock's Caravan Wafer!
After months of speculation, two of Scotland's most famous old boys, Jack Jarvis Esq. and Victor McDade prove they're still here in spirit as their very own limited-edition dram goes on sale!
Dobbies celebrates National Children’s Gardening Week 29th May - 6th June 2021. It’s the perfect time to nurture children and grandchildren’s interest in the great outdoors.
Two years after celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival reopens its doors with a programme of online and outdoor theatre and dance for young people.