Take Your Houseplant For A Walk Day - July 27th
No, you didn't read that wrong...
There really is a genuine recognised day, where anyone can simply take their beloved house plant for a walk around the neighbouring park, gardens, or just around town. Many people may see this as quite an unusual pastime to celebrate, but for others, taking your plant for a walk is a fun, enjoyable opportunity to meet other like-minded plant lovers, or just to have fun doing something that might (OK, probably will) be quite a conversation piece to people in the street. Personally, should I ever get the urge to take my Peace Lilly or Yukka for a stroll around the block, I am safe in the knowledge that I have one legitimate day I can do this without getting funny looks (hopefully). Read on to find out more about Take Your Plant For A Walk Day!
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What's The History?
It's unknown when this special day was first conceived, however after some careful research, I believe the day was created by Thomas & Ruth Roy, of Wellcat Holidays and Herbs. It even gets a mention in the "Chase's Calendar of Events" (see below). There's quite a few mentions of people celebrating the day all over the Internet, however very little photographic proof of people truly celebrating it. For shame! If anybody is thinking of celebrating it, take some photos and let me know, and I'll feature them on this page!
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Chase's Calendar of Events
"Chase's Calendar of Events" is widely considered as the most complete and authoritative to marking special occasions, international days of celebration, and celebrity birthdays, from all over the globe. It was first conceived in 1957 by brothers William and Harrison Chase, when William (a newspaper librarian) saw a gap in the market for a comprehensive collection of special dates and celebrations of interest. Their first edition was launched in 1958, featuring just 38 pages. The version for this year is a whopping 752 pages, and includes 4000 notable birthdays, over 800 international and religious holidays, and thousands of other important dates and fun facts!
What Do You Do?
Well that's simple, just take your houseplant for a walk!
Of course, you've got many different ways you could do this:
- Pop your beloved plant on a skateboard, and drag them along with a leash or piece of string.
- Sit your plant confortably in a baby pushchair or stroller, and just push them along.
- How about putting your houseplant in the basket on your bike, or the shelf on the back (if your bicycle has them)
- If you have several houseplants, maybe a wheelbarrow or shopping trolley could fit them all in?
- Or just simply carry them in your arms while you're walking!
Where could you take them?
- How about your local park or recreational grounds, a nearby nature reserve, or simply down the shops?
- You could even organise a meet up with friends, or other plant-lovers, at a nearby park? Host, or attend, a BBQ party, or even a picnic? (but don't let your floral guests see the cress sandwiches!)
What Are The Benefits Of Celebrating?
Many people see it as a way of introducing your houseplants to their local surroundings and environment. How many of you have houseplants that just stay in the same position in your home all the time? By taking your plants around your local area, it also encourages 'wellness' within them too (I couldn't find any scientific proof that confirms this, but people the world over swear by it!) Maybe on your walk you could meet other like-minded plant lovers, giving you the chance to share plant-caring tips, feeding recommendations, or simply just a friendly hello.
Most importantly, of course, is that its just a fun, quirky celebration of what life is all about really. A little bit of fun and light-hearted joy, to put a smile on the faces of others, and maybe you'll inspire your fellow public to join in, or just brighten someone's day too.
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Maybe You're Not Brave Enough To Venture Outside?
Worried what people might think? Maybe its raining outside (great for your plants, not so great for you), or maybe you just have so many plants, you can't decide which deserve to come outside to play, and which will have to be left at home? Why not simply take the day to enjoy being a home gardener, and spent the time tending to your beloved houseplants!
- If any of your houseplants are getting too big for their 'boots', re-pot them into a larger tub or grower
- Buy some new terracotta pots and some poster paints, and decorate them indoors. Or get your kids involved, a craft the whole family can enjoy!
- Take a trip to the local DIY store or garden centre, purchase some new houseplants, and introduce them to your floral family
Whatever you decide to do, enjoy your day!
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Will You Be Getting Involved?
Will you be taking your plants for a walk on July 27th?
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What will you be doing on Take Your Houseplants For A Walk Day? Have you celebrated it before? If so, what did you do? leave a comment and let me know!