There are many different ways to support Greenfingers Charity and we were delighted to receive an email from a supporter who was inspired to write a poem about gardening after reading an article about Greenfingers Charity.
The benefits of gardens are widely understood by gardeners in and out of the gardening industry and it is these benefits that remain the focal point of the work we do creating gardens for children in hospices the country.
The poem is about the time the writer’s husband spends gardening with his grandchildren and it beautifully captures what is so special about gardens and the precious memories we create with our families.
Imagine how rewarding it must be
to grow your own plants from cuttings or seeds.
Tiny leaves emerging from day to day,
as you feed and water with a gentle spray.
Hours of care with knowing hands
in a greenhouse, garden or piece of land.
Keeping all pests and wild animals at bay
lest they come and chew the foliage away.
A few weeks of patience – then for all to see
a host of pretty flowers in all their glory.
Oranges, reds, purples – every possible hue.
With each new dawn a more delightful view.
By Lucy Matthews
If you have been inspired by this supporter’s story to get gardening with your children, Matthew Appleby’s The Children’s Garden really is the perfect companion for families looking to discover the magic and adventure gardens have to offer.
The Children’s Garden, Loads of Things to Make and Grow is published by Frances Lincoln on 3rd March 2016 and is available now on Amazon and Waterstones and a percentage of the sales are kindly donated to Greenfingers Charity.