Grow Well

Join us in growing Calendula officinalis and share the wellbeing benefits of plants with your school

Grow Well is a new RHS Communities initiative designed to highlight and share the wellbeing benefits and positive power of plants. Connecting with nature and getting your hands muddy is a great way to clear your mind – and there’s a reason for that.

It is increasingly acknowledged that growing and caring for plants supports better physical, social and mental health. Research has shown that gardening can reduce depression and anxiety, and last year the RHS found that those who garden every day have wellbeing scores of 6.6% higher than people who don’t do any gardening at all. 

That’s why we're inviting your school or group to join growers across the UK as they sow, grow and share calendula.

So, join us to spread the floral sunshine with your young people – you can be as creative as you like. 

If you’ve ordered your pack it should be with you by Wednesday 11 May.

Don’t worry if you didn’t order a pack, you can still join in! All the resources included in the activity pack can be downloaded from the resources box on the right-hand side of this page. All you need to do is pick up a pack of calendula seeds from your local garden centre or supermarket.  


When can you Grow Well?

Grow Well packs have now been dispatched, it's nearly time to get sowing. Calendula take between 6-8 weeks to fully bloom, so you'll be able to enjoy your plants from seed to flower before the summer holidays.

We've have also got a number of digital resources to download below.

Who can take part?

Everyone is welcome to join Grow Well - you don't have to be expert gardeners. Schools and youth groups have demonstrated the fantastic benefits of growing, and we hope to help you share the feel good power of calendula next.

Grow Well resources

Use our grow well resources to get growing. 

Share your Grow Well stories

We’d love to see how you’re making new connections through gardening and reaching out beyond the ‘garden gate’ to those who might not usually take part.

Share your plans and events with us using #GrowWell on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Alternatively, you can send us an email to let us know what you’re getting up to.

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