21 December 2020
7 nature resolutions for 2021
Kick-start your 2021. Explore the great outdoors, learn how to multiply your house plants, and grow your own vegetables in the new year.
Nature has been more important than ever this year.
Studies have shown that spending time in nature benefits our wellbeing and reduces stress. You can get a dose of nature by going for a walk in your local park, or caring for your house plants.
From discovering new green spaces to learning how to paint plants, we round up our top nature resolutions for 2021.
1. Bring nature indoors
Fill your home with plant life and create an indoor jungle. House plants boost our mood and improve air quality, as well as looking pretty on shelves and windowsills. What's not to love?
An easy, cost-effective way to multiply your houseplants is to propagate your existing plants. Propagation is the process of breeding a plant from the parent plant.
Good plants to try are Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema commutatum), Devil's roots (Epipremnum aureum), Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) and Swiss Cheese plant (Monstera deliciosa).
2. Plan your year ahead
Brighten up your 2021 by journeying through Costa Rica at our stunning orchid festival.
Bringing to life the biodiversity of Central America, the Princess of Wales Conservatory will be filled with vibrant oranges, yellows and pinks.
Costa Rica is a major orchid habitat and is home to 5% of the world’s biodiversity, even though it covers just 0.03% of the planet.
See a range of native animals created from plants, and don't miss the resplendent quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno). Native to Costa Rica, it's considered one of the world's most beautiful birds and is a symbol for the protection of Costa Rica's forests.
3. Immerse yourself in art
Get creative in the new year and learn how to create beautiful botanical art yourself.
Botanical paintings and drawings are where art and science meet. They convey the intricate details of plants, but can also be used for plant documentation.
Get top tips from our expert botanical artists at Kew, and find out the best plants to illustrate if you're a beginner.
Gain an in depth knowledge of botanical art practices in one of our botanical art courses. You can learn helpful techniques to improve your work in our botanical sketchbook course, and benefit from the help and expertise of professional botanical artists.
4. Grow your own vegetables
Add some colour to your plate in 2021 and enjoy the fresh taste of vegetables and herbs you've grown yourself.
From rocket, to basil, to radishes, you can easily grow your own veg at home. You don't even need a garden to do it, as many vegetables can grow happily in pots on balconies and windowsills.
Pea shoots are a great vegetable to start with, and they're delicious in salads and stir fries.
You can grow them using whole dried peas from the supermarket; simply sprinkle them onto compost, water them regularly, and wait for the shoots to spring up.
5. Make your garden or balcony more biodiverse
Whether you have a small balcony or a large garden, this space can be a haven for insects, birds and mammals. Growing a variety of plant species attracts lots of different forms of wildlife.
Try letting a corner of your garden grow wild. Natural debris like logs and leaf piles offer habitats and hiding places for many species.
Allow butterfly-loving plants to grow. The pretty orange tip butterfly is attracted to certain plants such as garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) and milkmaid (Cardamine pratensis).
Plant wild flowers on your lawn or in a pot on the balcony to attract pollinating bees. Patches of long grass dotted with wildflowers are the perfect habitat for insects. Try common poppies (Papaver rhoeas) and corn marigold (Glebionis segetum) which will add a pop of colour.
6. Explore green spaces
Work off the mince pies with a brisk walk through the Gardens.
Explore the Arboretum, our vast garden of over 14,000 trees. Some trees are as old as the Gardens themselves and many cannot be found anywhere else in Britain.
Wander through the natural area, which is abundant with beautiful native trees and birds like woodpeckers and jays.
7. Discover a new landscape
Visit Wakehurst, our secret botanic garden in the heart of Sussex.
Wakehurst’s trees are grouped according to the areas of the world in which they grow naturally, a system called phytogeographic planting.
Stop by our serene Winter Garden which blooms in January and February. Highlights include snow drops, heather and dog wood which give a beautiful burst of winter colour.
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