From wandering around a peaceful garden and catching up with a friend over a slice of cake, to reconnecting with nature and finding inspiration – garden visiting offers the perfect opportunity to escape from a busy life. Spending an hour or two wandering around a truly beautiful meditative garden that has been lovingly cultivated by its owners is incredibly restorative and rivals any other act of self-care that is commonly promoted.
In June 2018 we at Solid Air Sculpture had the opportunity to take part in an eclectic Open Arts & Crafts Garden charity event in Whitstable, Kent. The residents of the venue certainly made the most of their quirky plot, while enjoying the mild climate and the range of plants they can grow. This particular fabulous seaside home was built for an impresario and featured a wide variety of trees, shrubs and perennials. Crystal garden sculptures designed by Annett Banx were displayed, which created a lovely energy. http://www.ngs.org.uk.
The artist introduced her unique designs to the over 800 people or so who came and experienced first hand how gardens can positively impact people’s health & wellbeing. Her work was extremely well received and showed the joy and therapy gardening can provide for people in need.
85% say garden visiting is good for the soul!
New research conducted by the National Garden Scheme has revealed that visiting a private garden is good for the soul. Over 85% of our supporters report that being in a National Garden Scheme garden has a positive impact on their mental wellbeing and 8 out of 10 (80%) feel happier after visiting than before. Visiting a National Garden Scheme garden can be a calming experience (67%) and an enjoyable way to spend time with loved ones (64%). And around half say it aids creativity (53%), gives you that feel-good factor because you’re donating to charity (52%), and three quarters say it helps you learn about plants, flowers and gardening (77%).
The National Garden Scheme isn’t just about opening beautiful gardens for charity – they are passionate about the physical and mental health benefits of gardens and gardening. Visiting a National Garden Scheme garden might be just the thing people think of when they’re looking to de-stress. With luxury crystal pyramids and Orgonites around who focus the Earth’s magnetism and magnify energy, you can generate negative ions and harmonize living spaces, as well as repair cells of any living organisms. By using these metaphysical tools, they can support people’s wellbeing while simultaneously contributing to lush and healthy plant growth.
Annett is currently preparing for her own Open Garden, working on a new organic range of crystal sculptures, which will be used in an exhibition on Sunday, 19th May 2019 at next year’s NGS Open Garden Scheme. For a preview visit the links below:
…more than just scenic
The National Garden Scheme gave £296,000 of the total £3.1 million charitable donations in 2018 to gardens and health-related projects. This year’s garden and health beneficiaries include Leonard Cheshire, who are developing horticultural volunteering projects and two sensory gardens for adults with disabilities in Bedfordshire and Western-super-Mare; Horatio’s Garden, who are due to open two new accessible gardens in NHS regional spinal injury centres in Stoke Mandeville and Oswestry; and Maggie’s, who are building two therapeutic gardens in its upcoming centres, in the grounds of specialist NHS cancer hospitals in Swansea and Leeds.
For commissions, or interest in Annett’s work call 07919505206, or email: email@example.com