Gardening Is Good For you

Gardening. It makes you happy and it’s good for you too. There are many benefits including exercise, stress relief, connecting with nature, being creative, learning new skills and enjoying your garden with family and friends.
Here at Madley Plants, between 10 and 1 on Saturday 6th July, we had a great event in aid of the Alzheimers Society...and this time it was all about gardening.

The schedule for the day was as follows

  • Gardeners questions - people came along with questions for our panel who are themselves very keen local gardeners. Between them they have a wealth of knowledge about growing in the area, which plants work well in Hereford soil, plants that work together and many other general subjects that they were happy to chat about. The 2 sessions lasted for 20 mins or so

  • Veg gardening for kids - kids joined Michele in our veg patch to learn about how to grow and harvest veg in your own garden. The sessions were very popular and the kids had a great time

  • Bug Hotel Building - we invited children to come and learn about how they could build their own bug hotel. The one made on the day stands proud by the bike racks here at the nursery

  • Foraging walk - three groups headed out for a 20 minute wander down the public footpaths around the nursery and learn all about what’s growing on our doorstep that you can, and can’t, eat. Valerie was very entertaining and the walks were very popular

On the day we also had the following here too...

  • Tool sharpening - Philip from Allensmore Sharpening was sharpening tools in return for a donation to the Alzheimers Society

  • Sundial Apiaries were also here and were ready to answer any questions you may have on bees and bee keeping. They also had some of their wonderful honey products on sale too

  • Eaton Bishop Gardening Club were here talking about their club and the great talks and holidays they run throughout the year

  • Growing Point, who help people living with physical or mental challenges, or ill health, to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of gardening were talking about the valuable work they do across our county

  • Tea and scones - we had fabulous scones to have with you tea or coffee


The day was a joint initiative with our friends at The Rotary Club of Hereford Wye Valley and they were on hand to talk about what they do and also serve the tea and scones in our cafe…they were also very efficient assisting with on site parking.

Simon Blackmore