The next generation
Dogwooddays started a thread "How did your love of gardening begin?" which I have greatly enjoyed following. A persistent theme is the inspiration, teaching and encouragement of a parent or grandparent, aunt or uncle. And for many people, a wider love for the natural world.
So let's share our endeavours to pass it on.
Here goes:. Every year there's a summer fete in my local park, and I organise a wild flower hunt which is free to enter. I print a sheet with photos and names of about 15 of the plants that grow wild in the park and give the children a plastic bag to collect specimens. There's a prize for each age group, books about wildlife and gardening which are donated by our local branch of Waterstone's.
One little girl's bag contained a couple of snails which, by the time she got back to me, had found each other and were busy making more snails. "Oh look!" She exclaimed, "They're kissing!"