Man spends £1,000 a year on his garden 'to keep people smiling'

We all may have become a little more green-fingered during lockdown but amateur gardener Shaun Schroeder fills his humble garden in Bristol with over 1,000 stunning plants each year, without fail.

The 57-year-old has more than 100 hanging baskets as part of his vast collection and will spend hours each day watering and tending to his plants.

All this doesn’t come cheap. The granddad-of-two spends around £1,000 a year to keep his garden looking immaculate during the summer months, Bristol Live report.



And it may take the demolition worker six months to create his stunning masterpiece, which soon dies off in the winter, but the keen gardener said the hard work is worth seeing the smiling faces of his family and neighbours and his wife Jan, 56, who is a catering assistant.

Shaun said: “My budget for this project is £1,000 but I’ve definitely gone over that this year with the compost and fertiliser cost.

“I grow mainly petunias as I like the hundreds of different varieties but I also grow fuchsias, calabrachoias, geraniums, dahlias and verbenas, as well as begonia tubers which come back every year.



Man spends £1,000 a year on his garden 'to keep people smiling'

“I started doing this annual project about four years ago in earnest. The more I did it, the more people would comment that it brightens up the street.

“Everyone said how much they liked it so it gave me the incentive to do more.

“People have knocked on the door to say how nice it is – it makes it worthwhile to know it is appreciated.”As you get older, you need a hobby so after my amateur football career ended, I thought I would try and grow some flowers to brighten up the garden.

“It started off with a few baskets and pots then over the years.

“I added more and more until I came up with the vertical garden and flower walls you see today.

“My garden provides me with exercise, satisfaction and a place to de-stress after work.

“Lots of people comment all the time and even put notes through the letterbox to ask to take photos!

“It does take a lot of time and effort but I feel so satisfied with all the flowers in bloom at the end and I love how much pleasure the garden has brought to me and lots of people.”

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