Gardening Expert Encourages Flexibility and Fun, Highlights Benefits

Chloe Plumstead, a 30-year-old gardening enthusiast, is inspiring a new generation of gardeners through social media and her guide "Get Started Gardening". She emphasizes flexibility, fun, and making mistakes, breaking down barriers and promoting gardening's physical, mental, and social benefits.

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Gardening Expert Encourages Flexibility and Fun, Highlights Benefits

Gardening Expert Encourages Flexibility and Fun, Highlights Benefits

Chloe Plumstead, a 30-year-old gardening enthusiast from Ipswich, is on a mission to inspire a new generation of gardeners. With a passion inherited from her family's green thumb, Plumstead fell in love with gardening in her early twenties and has been experimenting ever since. She believes that gardening brings a sense of perspective, allows for relaxation, and helps individuals surrender control.

Research from the Royal Horticultural Society in 2021 supports Plumstead's beliefs, finding that daily gardening can increase wellbeing scores by 6.6 and reduce stress levels by 4.2. Plumstead resonates with these findings, stating, "Gardening brings me a sense of perspective. It forces me to slow down and surrender a little bit of control because though I can influence what happens in my little outdoor space, I'm always at the mercy of nature's plan."

Plumstead is determined to break down barriers and change the perception that young people don't enjoy gardening. She encourages individuals to start gardening, emphasizing that it's okay to make mistakes and that there's no need to be a perfect gardener. "You can't garden without doing things wrong, and I think people can sometimes not know where to start and be put off by the prospect of messing up. But you have to mess up. It's liberating and makes the wins so much sweeter," Plumstead explains.

To share her knowledge and inspire others, Plumstead has taken to social media, amassing 13,200 followers on TikTok. She has also written a guide, "Get Started Gardening," to pass on her expertise to aspiring gardeners. Plumstead's approach centers on flexibility and fun, encouraging individuals to create their own rules and schedules.

Plumstead is not alone in her mission to promote gardening. Ellen Miles, a 29-year-old from Hackney, began guerrilla gardening in 2020 to contribute to her community and foster a sense of pride in her local area. Miles has garnered nearly 85,000 followers on TikTok and has launched a social enterprise, Dream Green, to inform and equip people to guerrilla garden. As Ron Finley, a guerrilla gardener in South Central LA, puts it, "Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do in the inner city. Plus, you get strawberries."

Community gardening schemes are also making a difference, providing opportunities for individuals to connect with their communities while learning valuable life skills. Tom, an 18-year-old from Haringey, joined GrowN22 and has experienced the benefits firsthand.

As more people like Plumstead, Miles, and Tom share their passion for gardening and its numerous benefits, a new generation of gardeners is emerging. By emphasizing flexibility, fun, and the importance of making mistakes, these enthusiasts are breaking down barriers and encouraging individuals to embrace the physical, mental, and social benefits of gardening.

Key Takeaways

  • Chloe Plumstead aims to inspire a new generation of gardeners, emphasizing its mental and physical benefits.
  • Daily gardening can increase wellbeing scores by 6.6 and reduce stress levels by 4.2, according to RHS research.
  • Plumstead encourages beginners to start gardening, embracing mistakes as a natural part of the process.
  • Community gardening schemes provide opportunities for social connection and skill-building.
  • Gardening enthusiasts like Plumstead, Miles, and Tom are promoting flexibility, fun, and accessibility in gardening.