Why We Should Encourage Children to Love Gardening - Squires Garden Centres

Why We Should Encourage Children to Love Gardening

Love gardening together at Squire’s “Acorns to Oaks” weekend 22nd-23rd June

Colin Squire (Squire’s Garden Centres) with his grandchildren Harriet and Rose

Squire’s Garden Centres have found that a love of gardening starts at an early age and creates great memories that people cherish forever. In a recent survey of over 1,000 people conducted by Squire’s, 86% of respondents said that their earliest memory of gardening was when they were under ten years old, with 31% remembering gardening when they were under five!

Squire’s found that 75% of people loved gardening as a child, 21% were indifferent, and only 4% found it boring!

71% of people questioned said that their parents taught them to garden, with 16% saying it was their grandparents who gave them the gardening bug. Two of the survey respondents added:

“At age three I collected new potatoes as my Grandfather dug them up. I found it very exciting, then picked tomatoes and learnt much without realising it. Happy days, a love of gardening for 80+ years.” S.B.

“I used to garden with my father from about 4 years old. He taught me flower names, showed me how to look after the garden and as I got a bit older he taught me to graft roses…and it worked.” M.W

As adults, 72% said that gardening with children makes them feel good, and 9% said that it makes them feel young. It’s great to pass gardening knowledge onto the next generation, but it can be tiring, with 13% saying they feel exhausted after gardening with children, and 5% of people saying that it makes them feel old!

Sarah Squire, Chairman of Squire’s Garden Centres said: “It’s never too early to start gardening with children. They love to learn about how plants grow, and how to care and look after them. It’s so important that we pass gardening knowledge onto the next generation. To help parents and grandparents do this, we have a special weekend at Squire’s on 22nd and 23rd June called ‘Acorns To Oaks’ where families can enjoy gardening together.”


‘Acorns to Oaks’ Weekend – Plant a strawberry & herb pot together

To encourage people to pass on their love of gardening to the next generation, Squire’s Garden Centres are running a special “Acorns to Oaks” weekend on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June for grandparents or parents and their children.

From 12pm to 4pm on both days, parents and grandparents, or even aunts and uncles, can bring children to Squire’s to plant a strawberry and herb terracotta pot. There’ll be a fun quiz to do together, plus a refreshing drink each in Squire’s Café Bar.

The cost is £10 for an adult and child together, which includes planting up your own strawberry and herb terracotta pot to take home, a fun quiz, a tea or filter coffee for the grown up, and a carton of orange or apple juice for the child. It’s an additional £6 to bring a second child with you – they will get their own planted pot and a drink too.

The ‘Acorns to Oaks’ event is on at all Squire’s Garden Centres except Chertsey. There’s no need to book, simply turn up on the day.


Event:                  Acorns to Oaks Weekend

Dates:                  Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd June 2019

Times:                  12pm – 4pm

Locations:           All Squire’s Garden Centres (excluding Chertsey)

Includes:             – Plant a Strawberry and Herb Terracotta Pot to take home

– Fun Quiz

– Drinks in Squire’s Café Bar

Cost:                    £10 (one adult + one child)

£6 for an additional child

How To Book:      No booking required! Simply turn up on the day.

Website:              www.squiresgardencentres.co.uk

Colin Squire (Squire’s) planting up a strawberry & herb pot with his grandchildren Rose and Harriet