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27th May, 2022

New gardening book on sale in Bromsgrove will help support children's hospices

Harry Leach 30th Mar, 2021

BROMSGROVE Garden Centre is promoting a special book which, through sales, will help support children’s hospices.

‘My Real Garden’, born during the height of lockdown last year, came about when more than 100 gardeners from across the world connected on social media to share their garden tips, hacks and heart-warming stories.

The results of all their efforts have now been compiled into the book which is on sale at the Little Heath Lane centre and also online.

Some of the proceeds will go to the Greenfingers Charity which creates gardens for children’s hospices.

The book touches on how gardening became a form of therapy for many during isolation.

Gardener Darren Kench, who features in the tropical retreats chapter, said: “Last year I had mild symptoms of coronavirus and was required to self-isolate.

“Initially, it was an incredibly stressful time, but whenever I felt like things were affecting my mental health I sought solace in my garden and the Instagram community who nurtured me.

“I found @myrealgarden – an amazing community of gardeners who helped each other through lockdown, led by the wonderful TV gardening presenter and RHS Chelsea Award winner Ann-Marie Powell.

“The results of all our efforts have now been compiled into in a unique community gardening book which has been published to coincide with the lockdown anniversary.”

My Real Garden, edited by Ann-Marie, aims to encourage others to pick a trowel and experience some garden wellbeing for themselves.


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