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Celebrate Wear A Flower Day on 20 April 2017

Science says it makes us all happier to have a close connection with flowers and so, in a world that gets more stressful by the minute, we invite you to take a moment to reconnect with nature and maybe make someone smile!

Introduced by the North of England Horticultural Society (NEHS) to coincide with the launch of its new Harrogate Flower Show spring exhibition HortCouture, Wear A Flower Day will take place on Thursday 20 April 2017. It is not aimed at raising money, but simply an opportunity to choose a favourite flower and wear it for the day in celebration, in commemoration or just to make you feel good.

The connection between people and flowers is as old as time itself and has been scientifically proven make you feel happier.  Your flower can be a firm favourite, petals to match your personality, a corsage to commemorate a loved one, something to match your outfit or whatever happens to be growing in the garden.

Make your own button hole

If you would like to make your own buttonhole for Wear a Flower Day, here are some simple steps. You can choose to make a traditional buttonhole or something a little more simple with materials you can find at home. Just click on the links below for a step by step guide.

Traditional                        Contemporary


If you are planning to visit the spring flower show on 20 April, our experts on the Floral Hub (Floral Pavilion) will also be happy to give you first hand tuition on making your own button hole to wear on the day.

Doubtful? Here's the science

A paper, entitled An Environmental Approach to Positive Emotion: Flowers, was published in Evoluntionary Psychology reported on three studies. The first found that that positive benefits of giving flowers to a woman lasted for three days; the second a flower given to a man or woman elicited more positive social behaviour than other stimuli; and the third that flowers presented to older people promoted a positive mood and improved memory. Click here to read the full paper.