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Jekka Mcvicar is an RHS Am­bas­sador and the de­signer be­hind the Health & Well­be­ing gar­den at this year’s Malvern Spring Fes­ti­val. Here, she shares her five tips for reap­ing the best ben­e­fits from a gar­den.

1 ‘Cre­ate a wind­ing path in a small space,’

says Mcvicar. ‘Cir­cles and curves al­low one to slowly un­wind. Think about cre­at­ing a wind­ing path within a small space, lead­ing to a rest­ful bench or seat.’

2 ‘Plant rose­mary

( be­low). It not only smells won­der­ful, but has been sci­en­tif­i­cally proven to re­store mem­ory, too, while the leaves have an­tiox­i­dant and an­tibac­te­rial prop­er­ties.’

3 ‘Plant sooth­ingly scented plants

next to path edges – laven­der (above) will give a sense of calm and help to re­lax the mind and body.’

4 ‘Chives are so easy to grow,

and when added to food, they aid di­ges­tion, main­tain heart health and boost the im­mune sys­tem. Their mild onion flavour com­bines well with so many dishes. You can also use the pretty pur­ple flow­ers in sal­ads.’

5 ‘Le­mon thyme is a great all-rounder

for grow­ing in the gar­den or pots – you can also add it to a bath to ease tired mus­cles. Sim­mer a hand­ful of leaves in half a litre of wa­ter for ten min­utes and then add the le­mon thyme to your bath.’ jekkasherb­

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