England is considered a paradise for gardeners, and the islanders take their passion seriously. There is a common joke that gardening is a popular sport in the United Kingdom. No other nation tended its gardens with the same seriousness as the English people do. The results of this cult are impressive. The British businessman, music producer, horticulturalists, and archaeologist was once known for his projects The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Eden Project in Cornwall. He coined the saying: If you can’t love in a garden, if you can’t dream or get drunk there – asphalt it, what else is it good for! Most British people do not go that far, but a garden has always been an admired retreat.
The Never-Ending Love
The connection between the British people and their gardens is something like a love relationship. The first Englishman to receive a Nobel Prize in Literature was Rudyard Kipling in 1907 and he invested the prize money in his garden in Sussex. He bought a big piece of land nearby, laid out a pond, and enjoyed the unobstructed view of the green. Books, he was talking about the glory of a garden, and even described this in verse, emphasizing that anyone could and should be working in their gardens sometimes to get back the natural connection with the Earth. The concept of the garden belongs to the national British folklore together with another strong concept of constant raining. However, the British climate is ideal for maintaining the gardens.
Unbelievable, but every year more than 400,000 people in the United Kingdom have accidents or serious injuries while working in their gardens. According to the statistics, around 50 die every year while working in gardens, and death is caused by insects, poisonous plants, or broken electrical devices. However, these numbers cannot stop the islanders from gardening. More crazy facts: there is a special radio show called the Gardeners Question Time that is extremely popular for decades; the most favorite leisure activities for older Brits are having tours and explore private gardens of other people. The afternoon tea must be always included of course! Public gardens are also very popular places to visit, as a result, the largest and most famous gardens in the country have had to issue tickets to cope with the rush. The number of people who are visiting the green areas is growing twice as fast as the number of museum visitors.
If talking in numbers, around 17 million people are visiting English gardens annually. According to the data of the National Gardens Scheme, thousands of people want to open their private gardens on certain days of the year. The directory includes more than 3,500 yards of land. Among the most popular gardens of the country are those gardens that are open just one day per year. The Bible teaches us that we once had to leave paradise. The way back there might be a British garden that is a great reflection of society also.