flower, garden, low allergy

Posted by Admin - 04/06/2016


Now that the hay fever season is upon us sufferers may feel as though gardening is an impossible task.

This could all be about to change with the release of the new book ‘Low Allergy Gardening: The why and how of plant allergies and plants to choose for your low allergy garden’.

Dr Wreghitt wrote the book after none other than the Queen visited their stand four years ago and told them she wanted to know more about it.  When she visited the stall in 2012 she said ‘is there a book on the subject I can read?’ and Dr Wreghitt explained there wasn’t she replied ‘How disappointing, make sure you write that book’.  So that is what he and Dr Sheldon did.

The garden features plants that produce minimal pollen which allows those with hay fever and other respiratory allergies to be in the garden without suffering. Low allergy flowering plants, trees and shrubs include Trachelospermum jasminoides, Papaver, Hosta, Rosemary and Thyme.

The book also highlights what causes allergies, the diagnosis process and treatments.  With over 80 pages and a list with 47 plant photographs there is plenty to choose from to make an low-allergy garden.

Here are our top tips for an allergy-free garden:

  • Ensure you choose the correct type of plant with little or no pollen.  These will be plants whose flowers are pollinated by insects and have small amounts of pollen deep inside the flower.
  • Avoid trees that produce round pollen that releases into the air
  • As grass causes some people an allergic reaction, mow your lawn regularly
  • Don’t hang washing out on the line during the pollen season if you suffer from a pollen allergy. It will stick to the washing and you will bring it into the house.