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🌿🌼🌹 'National Gardening Week', 30th April -5th May

"The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies."

Gertrude Jekyll


This week's 'Friendship Group' cognitive stimulation therapy session focuses on 'The Garden' and all things in it, because April was 'National Gardening Month' and 30th April - 5th May is 'National Gardening Week'.

To facilitate and illustrate the session, we printed off some images of gardeners and gardens (and related things) for the tables and when we came to a discussion point including the person, place or thing asked members to locate the image and hold it up. We included some local parks that members would recognise.

We continued the discussion by asking members if they like gardening or if they have a favourite flower, herb or shrub.

We asked members who would say they 'have green fingers'? We discussed the meaning of this phrase.

We asked if any members had an allotment, shed or pond?

We put up on the white board things people like or dislike about the garden ...

- Likes included: Flowers, fragrances, smell of garden fire, smell of freshly cut lawn, birds, butterflies, bees and produce for eating.

- Dislikes included: Hayfever, wasps, weeds, slugs, spiders, having to mow the lawn, having to water the garden and digging beds.

We asked which are members favourite local parks and gardens?


There are also some fantastic national gardens to visit ...

Has anyone visited:

'Eden' in Cornwall (they are creating an 'Eden 2' in Morecombe)

'Lost Gardens Of Heligan', also in Cornwall

'National Botanical Gardens of Wales'

'Tresco Abbey Gardens' in the Scilly Isles

'Kew Gardens' in London

'Kensington Gardens' in London (William & Kate live next door)


We asked members to complete the following phrases ...

- A bird in the hand is worth two in the BUSH (having something of even lesser value is better than taking the chance of losing it in the process of trying to achieve something more desirable)

- A rolling stone gathers no MOSS (a person who does not settle in one place will not accumulate wealth or status, or responsibilities or commitments)

- The grass is always greener on the other SIDE (the things other people have or their situations always look better than your own, even when they are not really so)

- The early bird catches the WORM (one who arrives first has the best chance for success)

- The apple doesn't fall far from the TREE (a child usually has a similar character or qualities to his or her parents)

- You reap what you SOW (you eventually have to face up to the consequences of your actions)

- People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw STONES (you shouldn't criticise other people for bad qualities in their character that you may have yourself)

- Oops-a-DAISY (expression of encouragement to a child who has fallen or is being lifted)

- A late BLOOMER (a person whose talents or capabilities are not visible to others until later than usual)

- A needle in the HAYSTACK (something that is extremely difficult to find because the area you have to search is too large)

- A shrinking VIOLET (an exaggeratedly shy person)

- Snake in the GRASS (a person who is treacherous or deceitful)

- As fresh as a DAISY (healthy and full of energy)

- Out of the WOODS (out of danger or difficulty, or being thrown a lifeline)

- To come up smelling of ROSES (emerge from a difficult situation with one's reputation in tact)

- To hold out an olive BRANCH (do or say something to show you want to end a disagreement with someone)

- To let something go to SEED (a person or thing which is past it's prime and no longer full of life)

- To nip something in the BUD (suppress or destroy something at an early stage)

- To let the grass grow under your FEET (to delay in taking action or an opportunity and risk losing it)

- To lead somebody up the garden PATH (to mislead, deceive, hoodwink or seduce somebody)

- To beat about the BUSH (avoid talking about a difficult or embarrassing situation or subject)

- Green FINGERED (a good gardener)

Round 1. Garden Birds

Name the following garden birds?

Say the following magpie rhyme together ...

Here is a video of a murmuration -

Round 2. In The Garden

​In which garden were Adam and Eve seduced into eating the forbidden fruit by the serpent? What was the 'forbidden fruit'?

​Who is the Patron Saint of Gardens, known as 'The Little Flower'?

​On which device would you tell the time in a garden? Which common or garden weed provides another 'clock'?

​Trees that shed their leaves each year are called what? Trees that keep their leaves all year are?

​What does the term 'perennial' mean?

​What liquid does a flower produce which attracts bees and butterflies?

What do bees make with it?

​How do you tell the age of a tree?

​What is the Japanese art of propagating miniature trees called?

​What is the art of clipping trees and hedges into ornamental forms called?

​If you wanted to buy a bunch of flowers for a loved one, which shop would you visit? What is the name given to the floral foam they use to make flower arrangements?

Round 3. Name these creatures that you might find in the garden?

Thumbs up or down. Which would you be pleased to see?

Say this rhyme together ...

SONG. 'In An English Country Garden', by Jimmie Rodgers -

Think of some occasions on which you would give flowers?

Round 4. Flowers & Weeds

​What are the flowers of the four nations?

​If you get stung by nettles, which plant's leaves should you rub your skin with to soothe it?

​How tall can a Sunflower grow?

​What spice comes from the Crocus?

Name this weed? Is there any truth in the saying that if you smell them they make you want to wee?

​How many varieties of Rose are there? a. Over 10,000 b. Over 20,000 c. Over 30,000

What sweet does rose water flavour?

​What shrub is known as 'The Butterfly Bush'?

​Which kitchen item does this flower give its name to?

Name this garden flower & what is it associated with?

Name this garden flower? What did we used to do with them as children?

Anyone recognise this flower? It’s out of this world.

SONG. 'Flowers In The Rain', The Move - Hippies were associated with which peace movement in the 1960s? FACTOID. This song was the first ever played on Radio 1 on 30th September 1967. The DJ was Tony Blackburn.

Round 5. Name These 'Flowery' People

​Name this singer and the flower she always wore in her hair?

​Who was the first lead presenter of the TV series 'Gardeners World'?

​Who is this celebrity & which flowers did she always hand out to her audience?

Who was the main presenter of the BBC gardening show 'Ground Force'?

​Name the TV comedy series and the character/actor's names?

​Name this actor and his TV detective series?

​Name this TV comedienne and her alter ego?

Which Goodie had a garden name? Who are the others?

Name the TV series? Which character was named after a herb?

Name the TV series? Which character was named after a flower?

Round 6. Name these 'flowery' TV shows

Name the 'flower pot men' and their friend? TV theme -

What was the TV show called and what were the character's names? TV theme -

What was the TV show called and what was the name of the "very friendly lion"? Song -

Name the TV show and the characters? TV theme -

Name the TV show and the characters and actors? TV theme -

Name the TV sitcom about giving on 'The Rat Race' and becoming self sufficient?

Name the characters and actors? TV theme -

SONG. 'The Wombling Song', The Wombles -

Where did they live and what were they concerned about?

Round 7. Herbs & Spices

​What herb sauce is often served with fish?

​What herb is used to make Pesto Sauce? & what nut is also used?

​Which herb is often used as a savoury bread topping in Italian cookery?

​Which herb is often used in pickling cucumbers?

​Which herb sauce is often served with roast lamb?

​Which sauce is often served with roast beef?

​What is the main herb ingredient in Paxo stuffing?

​Which health benefit is Lavender said to have?

​Which spice gives us oil that can ease toothache?

​What is the main herb used in the Pastis drink Pernod?

& Name these other herbs and spices?

You might smoke this?

You might roast potatoes with this?

You might put one of these leaves in a stew to flavour it?

You might have this in a salad?

You might make dishes more 'hot' with this?

You might find this in a curry?