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Take Your Houseplant For A Walk Day - July 27th

Updated on January 18, 2015

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

Chases Calendar of Events, 2012 Edition
Chases Calendar of Events, 2012 Edition

"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.

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!

Will You Be Getting Involved?

Will you be taking your plants for a walk on July 27th?

Definitely! It sounds like fun!

Definitely! It sounds like fun!

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    • Rosyel Sawali 5 years ago from Manila Philippines

      I haven't tried it.. but I'm willing to.. It would be good to see how other people would react! Perhaps that would be a good topic too for the next lens ^_^

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm still getting used the this idea but it might be fun but all my plants are a little too big....maybe we'll just have fun at home together!

    • Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I've never taken my 'plant' (I only own one that I've managed to keep going for 5 years.... usually any plant in my care doesn't 'make' it'...LOL, for a walk, but in the past 5 years I have moved 3 times and my 'plant' and I have driven across country twice! My plant makes a good traveling companion -- quiet and always cheerful.

    • Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Fred would love to go for a walk!

    • Carol Brooks 5 years ago from Florida

      What a neat idea! I live in Florida and I propagate a lot of different plants on my screened porch. I was thinking I might put a tiny jade plant in a cute little pot and take it around my neighborhood until someone says how sweet it is, and then I'll give it to them.

    • Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      I am up to having fun and I think my plants are too. I may have to take them mall walking since it is SO HOT outside right now where I live.

    • Nicole Pellegrini 5 years ago from New Jersey

      I may have to do this. Just around the block, so they say :)

    • Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      LOL.. I wonder if they want to go to the movies?

    • lovemicheala 5 years ago

      I'm useless at caring for plants...but would take part if I had one

    • Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Maybe I can walk with the lady who sells plants here in Hanoi and count that as my participation.

    • AmyLeahHoy 5 years ago

      I would if all of my plants weren't in the ground.

    • Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Seems I'm "walking" them a lot lately. Trying to move them out of the hot sun.

    • BeyondRoses 5 years ago

      I don't have very good luck with plants, maybe that's what they need, a walk! Whimsical and fun, perfect for the polka dot theme!

    • Susanna Duffy 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I might just move some plants outside for the day then bring them back inside at night

    Definitely not! Sounds a little silly for me!

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      • LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

        People might think I'm leaving home!

      • justDawn1 5 years ago

        I don't think so. Mine don't walk. They are lazy. They just sit in their pots! :(

      • Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

        I don't see myself doing this, but you never know!

      • MrInfopreneur 5 years ago

        me going out with a house plant? meh

      • vividviolet 5 years ago

        totally new to me, I never heard about it! I MIGHT tell this to my friends! Some of them definitely have time.

      • EConklinRankpop 5 years ago

        Didn't even know such a thing existed! It's new information to me!

      • SellClean 5 years ago

        It's too hot outside. I might be brought up on plant abuse charges! Ha!!!!

      • Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

        I have problems finding time to walk my dog let alone my plants!

      • casquid 5 years ago

        I sounda a little odd, but so am I. My plants get plenty of conversation from me. But they are so particular about being moved around, until I'll pass on the neighborhood walk. Thanks for the lens, cute!

      • WriterDave 5 years ago

        My house plant will be holding down the fort at home.

      • Find-Online 5 years ago

        I didn't know Take Your Houseplant For A Walk Day existed. Very interesting idea but I think my houseplant will be staying home that day. ;)

      • pg maniac 5 years ago

        Sadly I don't have a green thumb but it is an interesting idea!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Sounds fun but very messy!

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          Rosyel Sawali 5 years ago from Manila Philippines

          Aww missed this year's celebration.. maybe I should plan for next year ^_^

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          WriterJanis2 5 years ago

          Very cute!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          What a lot of fun and, just like walking your dog, you just may meet a perfect plant!

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          miha188 5 years ago

          Nice lens! Keep going

          Click here for good dance song

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          Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

          Very amusing holiday. I've never celebrated 'Take Your Houseplants for a Walk Day', but my 'one' plant has had several adventures - been left with a 'plant sitter' twice when I've been out-of-town and gotten to ride in the car on two moves - South Carolina to Missouri and Missouri to Georgia, so is a well-traveled plant! What more could it want. :)

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          Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

          I should recruit my neighbors and we could have a houseplant parade.

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          alex89 lm 5 years ago

          This made me smile, thank you so much for writing about this holiday. I can't seem to keep a plant alive, but maybe my aloe plant will survive until then (its pretty hearty)

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          Belle13Dreams 5 years ago

          Great lens! I didn't know about this celebration! Interesting! Love finding something new every day! Thanks!

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          Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

          Love this! Love the idea, and love the lens - great job! :)

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          Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

          I have not celebrated this holiday before. Do I get a day off? It sounds like fun.

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          YourFirstTime 5 years ago

          I missed it last year, but not again. This year I'm walking that plant!

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          Nicole Pellegrini 5 years ago from New Jersey

          This is too fun. Love it!

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          vividviolet 5 years ago

          wow!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Awesome lens

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          Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

          Very cute article! :)

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          Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

          This July 27th I'll be keeping my eyes open for those who will be celebrating this special day!

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          robertwillams 5 years ago

          natural lens:)

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          Kae Yo 5 years ago

          I didn't know there was a day like that. That's very interesting. I do move my plants around a lot and talk to them. So, who knows, I might be one that would take them for a walk, too. Congratulations on making the front page!

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          thememorybooksh1 5 years ago

          great lens.

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          gossipman 5 years ago

          Great pic in there!You can always come back and visit my profile too.Thanks!

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          pawpaw911 5 years ago

          Fun lens. Well done.

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          Caromite 5 years ago

          Oh, this lens is so wonderful weird! I really love it^^ Funny idea to take a walk with a plant :)

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          casquid 5 years ago

          Most days find me writing or reading others articles on Squidoo. I also have the seven grandchildren in the house and my gardening and church to attend. So, that day will be much like any other. Thanks for asking!

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          kburns421 lm 5 years ago

          This is awesome. I don't own any plants (not live ones, anyway), or I would totally participate.

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          PeterSpains 5 years ago

          Wow! What an interesting lens. I didn't even know of this kind of thing. Makes me want to start growing my own plants.

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          WriterDave 5 years ago

          The title definitely got me. Interesting lens!

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          SteveKaye 5 years ago

          Now I understand why my wife wants to take me for a walk on July 27. Amazing.

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          dellgirl 5 years ago

          Your lens is very unique! This is new information to me, thanks for sharing.

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          Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

          Where do I buy the leash?

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          pg maniac 5 years ago

          I have never celebrated it but I have an aunt who loves her plants so I am going to show this to her - she will definitely take at least one if not all of her many plants on a walk!

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          John Tannahill 5 years ago from Somewhere in England

          My poor plants - I have been neglecting their social needs.

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          Susanna Duffy 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

          I must confess that I have never taken a houseplant for a walk

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          iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

          Hmm...I probably won't be celebrating this on purpose at least. Occasionally outdoor plants do try to hitch a ride on my clothing, so maybe that can count.