A copy of a famous poem by Rudyard Kipling called ‘The Glory of the Garden’ hangs in a frame on my living room wall. It was a gift from my dear friend Jane – the lady who inspired me to get my allotment. The poem surmises that a beautiful garden can only be achieved through a great deal of hard work, research and dedication – something I couldn’t agree with more. After all, you only get out of life what you put into it, so they say – and the same applies to gardening.
On that note I was interested to read the findings of this Selling Up Populus survey this week about buying and selling property, and how garden maintenance plays into how much a property goes for. I’m due to move house in a couple of weeks, so this research appealed to me – both as a buyer and as a seller.
The results of the survey (which was conducted with more than 1,000 participants) showed that 42% of people would reduce the offer they put in on a property if it had a messy or overgrown garden. In addition, a further 4% said they would lose interest or withdraw their offer completely based on poor garden maintenance. That’s a pretty high percentage!
In crowded cities, outside space is generally seen as a luxury and many people feel they are lucky just to have their small plot of greenery, whatever condition it happens to be in. Despite this, 15% said they would be so put off by a garden lacking love that they would reduce their offer by several thousand pounds while 27% would cut it by a few hundred).
For me, the findings of this research just go to show the importance of keeping your garden loved, cared for and tidy at all times, and to investing time and effort into researching what plants will thrive and do well in your gardens conditions. Please read my blog on Scots magazine to discover some quick and easy ways to style your garden if you’re a beginner.
If you’d like to read more about the Populus survey, which includes a whole host of buying and selling tips, please go to the Selling Up website.
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“Gardens are not made
By singing:-” Oh, how beautiful,” and sitting in the shade
While better men than we go out and start their working lives
At grubbing weeds from gravel-paths with broken dinner-knives.
There’s not a pair of legs so thin, there’s not a head so thick,
There’s not a hand so weak and white, nor yet a heart so sick
But it can find some needful job that’s crying to be done,
For the Glory of the Garden glorifieth every one.”