Celebrate National Gardening Week

The 10th-16th April is National Gardening Week – the perfect excuse to get your kids interested in gardening and excited about spending time outdoors.

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Our recent survey revealed that although 63 per cent of adults enjoyed playing in the garden as kids, only 13 per cent of UK families are currently spending time in the garden together. We're determined to change this over National Gardening Week by getting families to enjoy the outdoors, enlisting the help of our own horticultural expert, Andrew Fraser, to provide some helpful hints and tips on how to get your garden summer-ready and encourage kids to get green-fingered this Easter.

Andrew said: “National Gardening Week falls over the Easter weekend this year, making it the perfect time for you to show your garden some love while spending time with the family. Plus, with these top tips, hopefully the kids will be excited about creating and maintaining a garden to be proud of too”.

Andrew’s Top Tips for Family Garden Fun

  • Gardening might not be the Easter holiday activity of choice for many youngsters but there’s some simple ways you can make it fun - and maybe even a little competitive. Why not set kids a gardening challenge – give them a dedicated spot in the garden to plant flowers and plants. Who will keep them blooming all summer? Let them be creative in how they choose to decorate their space - encourage them to add some large painted pebbles, wind chimes or even a bird feeder.
  • Hanging baskets are a great way to add a splash of colour to small gardens, but why not try planting strawberry plants in them instead of your favourite flower. Kids will be eager to see their strawberries grow and excited to finally be able to eat them. Or, try creating your own speedy windowsill garden filled with herbs or salad leaves. Children will love to get involved, so make them part of the action – and be sure to encourage them to taste the delicious bounty when it’s ready to eat. 
  • Easter is the perfect time to gather friends and family and, if the weather holds out, there’s nothing better than enjoying some time together in the garden. While the adults relax, the kids will love an at-home Easter Egg Hunt. Just hide some small eggs around the garden and have some chocolate on hand for the winner – guaranteed egg-cellent fun!
  • Finally, a mini gardening kit makes a great Easter gift. Include things like gloves, and overalls or a packet of seeds and brightly coloured watering-can. As well as some plant pots and paint so kids can decorate their own with bright spring colours or an Easter-themed design. Once your kids are kitted out with the best of gear, they’ll be excited to spend time outdoors, helping you in the garden.

We've got everything you need to celebrate Easter and National Gardening Week including great offers in gardening and plants, as well a Spring clearance with up to 70% off in homeware and gifts. There’s also a selection of in-store activities including Easter Egg Hunts where your child will receive a chocolate treat. Find out what’s going on in the store nearest you as well as some more tips from Dobbies on creating a memorable Easter, here.

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