SG568: Sharing Your Garden – Special Tips for Welcoming Guests and Maximizing Your Happiness on Your Garden’s Big Day!
Are garden parties, garden tours, or open days on your summer calendar this year?
No matter the occasion, sharing your garden is a lovely, generous, and memorable gift for your guests. But, the most important question for you, as the gardener and host, is: how can you make the gift sharing of your garden life-giving to you? Certainly, hosts who find themselves over-tired, physically exhausted, stressed out, or financially overspent will find little joy on their garden’s big day.
Today, I’ll talk about how you can focus on the right things to maximize your happiness during your garden event. Plus, I’ll share my tips for adding some extra special little touches that can make your garden stand out among the other events or parties your guests will attend this summer.
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“Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
― Robert Louis Stevenson.
Don’t put together a to-do list! It’ll drive you crazy!
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Focus on the high points of what makes your garden special, instead.
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Plan your garden tour after you’ve finished working on that big project as a celebration!
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Worried about strangers entering your home? Have a helper escort them to the restroom.
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Plan for your garden tour to extend into the evening time.
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Need the perfect garden party soundtrack? I have some suggestions!
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Burlap is your friend!
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Save time by having drink dispensers, cake stands, and tea cups to prop up smaller plants.
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In new garden trends, centerpieces are going to be very big this year.
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Mini floral bouquets can help keep your budget at a minimum.
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Do you have any special spaces on your property? Think about incorporating seating there.
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Remember, it’s important to take care of yourself too! What will you be eating and drinking while you’re hosting?
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Have moss growing on your property? You can add a nice decorative touch to the scenery with it.
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Keep attractive waste bins handy on the day of your event.
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Going to have a super hot summer this year? Consider getting misters!
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What kind of easy foods can you serve your guests? Finger sandwiches!
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Already hosted a garden tour? You can maximize it by volunteering to host the church group or book club shortly after the event.
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Also, remember, you don’t have to cook if you don’t want to!
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Always think about the comfort of your guests and how you can make your garden super inviting. Pillows, blankets, cushions for the stone benches, etc!
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Distribute your ‘stations’ aka lemon stands, food, and other stops evenly throughout your property.
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Have some of your friends come over to help them greet new guests.
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If you’re doing a city tour or a special kind of tour you’re apart of, consider reaching out to landscapers, nurseries, and your community. Invite the media!
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Bring experts to your tour.
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Go out there and network! Your best ideas will come from other garden tours.
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