An Outdoor Connection
#OTD Today is the birthday of the pop singer Kim Wilde who was born on this day in 1960.
After a successful music career, thanks to hits like “Kids in America” and “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” Wilde bought a 16th-century barn and began gardening at the age of 30. Her move to the countryside, not only brought her new challenges thanks to the restoration of the barn and property, but the connection with the outdoors - especially working her garden - was a balm to her anxiety.
In an article in the independent, Wilde said,
"Spending time outdoors, learning about plants and nurturing them, really helped me find balance and gave me a greater sense of confidence and peace. I love the way that plants are always changing and growing, just like us. [Gardening] can help people get back on top of things and restore balance when it feels like life is veering out of control.”
In 2005, Wilde won a gold medal and an award for Best Courtyard Garden at the Chelsea.