Many people who have pets, especially dogs, are often seen strolling through the neighborhood or the park and showing them off. Dog owners often get together at special dog parks to talk about their various breeds and how Rover is doing with his potty training or how Fido is taking to being left home alone.
But folks who are more plant people than pet people might feel just a bit slighted because they, too, might want to show off their little ‘pet plants’ to the world around them.
Well, National Take Your Houseplant For A Walk Day is here to remedy this situation and give some time to those people who simply love their plants!
History of Take Your Houseplant For A Walk Day
People have been growing houseplants for several centuries. In addition to keeping vegetables, fruits and flowers in their outdoor gardens, the idea of bringing plants inside to grow was an appealing one for those who lived in less favorable environments. By the end of the 1600s, the art of growing plants indoors gained popularity and became an interesting hobby or pastime.
It wasn’t until much more recently that Take Your Houseplant For A Walk Day was thought of. The day was the brainchild of Thomas and Ruth Roy, holiday-makers extraordinaire. The idea behind this day was to celebrate plants, and to acquaint plants with their immediate environment, which might even be healthy for them.
Proud plant-owners can take this unique opportunity to show off their leafy friends to the neighborhood when Take Your Houseplant For A Walk Day rolls around in the middle of the summer months. Plant-owners can even admire each others’ plants, and exchange stories and tips on plant-care – just like pet owners do, but there’s less chance of them biting, sniffing each other, or marking their territory.
Take Your Houseplant For A Walk Day offers the ideal time to do something that is perhaps just a bit wacky – and have a perfect excuse for it!
How to Celebrate Take Your Houseplant For A Walk Day
Enjoy Take Your Houseplant For A Walk Day with some of these ideas:
Take Your Houseplants for a Walk
Obviously, the first thing to do is gather a couple of houseplants in hand and walk around the block with them. Of course, those who are avid plant lovers might consider hitching up a small wagon or even a wheelbarrow so that several plants can be walked around the block at a time! Head over to the local park and just sit for a while to see if other plant lovers with the same idea might meet in celebration of National Take Your Houseplant For A Walk Day.
Engage in Some Other Houseplant Activities
For those who find the concept of Take Your Houseplant For A Walk Day a little strange, there are certainly some more conservative ways to get involved. Plants tend to grow throughout their lives, and plant owners can use this day as an excuse to re-pot any plants that might be getting a bit big for their abode.
In addition, you could use this day as a reason to take your plant for a walk to a new location within the house, perhaps one where it might get more (or less) sun, depending on its needs. Or, choose a favorite plant that might be longing for a change and take it to work to place it on the desk and bring a little bit of life to the office!
Buy a New Houseplant
For those people who don’t yet own a houseplant, there’s no better day to bring one home and introduce it to the family, if not the whole neighborhood! Some of the best first plants to buy for people who are new to houseplants might be something like a golden pothos, a spider plant or a snake plant. Ask the staff at the garden store to help choose the best one for the environment.