Between the 27th April and 3rd May it is National Gardening Week. This 7 day celebration of all things gardening is run by the Royal Horticultural Society to encourage people to engage in a pastime that is unarguably healthy and productive.
In the past year many people have focused on finding activities that are both of those things, from DIY to outdoor exercise, as the importance has been amplified. Gardening combines all of these benefits, and its popularity has risen in all ages. Whether you’re a lifelong gardener, or intrigued by an allotment, or a windowsill grower, there are plenty of ways to get your plant fix, and some great places in Leeds to help you on your way.
The Plant Point
The Plant Point personifies the recent revival of interest in plants, as a wonderfully attractive independent store that spans all generations. There is a modern style in the abundance of greenery here, but equally a traditional substance in the deep rooted expertise of the owners. Adding even more attraction to the stunning Corn Exchange, you’re sure to leave with a piece of nature, unique or common, for indoor or out, and a new sense of passion for plants.
HEART is a terrific community space in Headingley which homes the lovely little plant shop Green Yard. A visit provides multi functions, as you can grab a coffee and food, attend an event, and browse the yard’s greenery. Here you’ll find a fine selection of perennials, herbs, house plants and compost, all served by an expert hand and a friendly face, happy to offer advice to all-comers.
Hyde Park Flower Club
At first glance Hyde Park Book Club isn’t the place to indulge your gardening desires, as a casual bar hosting hip live music to discerning students and locals. But look a little closer and you’ll see that this place has an eclectic output that includes fabulous flowers from Dottie’s. They believe that beautiful blooms should be for everyone and offer bespoke bouquets to enjoy, plus DIY kits and workshops for those wanting get their fingers green.
The Perfumed Garden
This established independent shop in Chapel Allerton is as pretty from the outside as the beautiful array of natural produce within. There are stunning sensual flowers and marvellous modern plant displays, all of which will transform your home interior and spark an interest in your inner gardener.
As well as the aforementioned plant shops in Leeds, there are markets where you’ll find some superb plant sellers, both permanent and pop ups. The famous Kirkgate Market homes the likes of Browns and M & D Flowers, open daily, whereas occasional farmers markets all over Leeds often include local plant growers, such as Back Garden Blooms at Headingley market and EJ Designs at Otley market. All over Leeds, there are people and places helping to grow your plant passion.
Images: Kirkgate Market, Hyde Park Flower Club (Dottie’s), The Perfumed Garden, Kirkgate Market