My Garden Releaf

“My Garden Releaf. How lucky can you be, to be born with gardening heritage in your blood? The majority don’t. I am acutely aware of the huge bonus. I wasn’t aware of it, I just got straight into it thinking it was normal. By four years of age I was gardening, then working at my local garden centre every weekend by 11, and studying horticulture at 16.  It left me working 7 days a week for the remainder of my life.

So getting dirty in my garden is THE greatest “RELEAF therapy” from working 24/7. My garden releaf. Simple!

Digging, planting, weeding, pruning, mowing, propagating cuttings, fertilising, watering, reading, clearing up. I love it all, even if it’s only for an hour or so. Gardening reduces my blood pressure, clears the mind, exercises the heart and soul. It inspires my mind and constantly forces me to look positively to the future; not only for a season but sometimes years ahead when you plant a tree.

Now all we have to do is make gardening a ‘disease’ (well, you know what I mean), so that the next generation grow up with a gardening heritage in their blood. Simple”.

Graham Ross VMM