Mum asks what is the correct etiquette when it comes to picking flowers on the side of the road?

“On our walk to pre-school, there are lots of wild flowers growing on the side of the road. My kids often pick the dandelions and the daisies.

“The other day there were some gorgeous red flowers growing on the verge and they each picked one and this grumpy lady walked by muttering about ‘stealing flowers’.

“I was completely taken aback! Not sure what the official rules are around picking flowers but I was keen to hear whether other mums allow their kids to pick flowers when they’re out and about?”

What parents think

Some parents think it is perfectly OK to allow kids to pick the flowers on the side of the road as long as they are not on someone elses property.

“There are no official rules. They are wild flowers. Don’t pick all of them and ignore the grumpy lady.”

“I let my kids pick flowers. It won’t kill anyone! They will grow back.. no biggie.”

“As long as the flowers or whatever the child is picking are not on anyone’s property and you are with them I see no problem with your child picking them.”

“If they are just wild flowers of course it’s fine but if they have been planted by the council or someone else that’s different.”

“Flowers are supposed to bring joy and happiness… what’s more special then seeing a little girls face light up over a simple flower. Lighten up dragon lady.”

While others believe flowers should be left to spark joy for everyone and not picked to just wither and die.

“Totally my opinion, but I tell my kids no. Purely because they are so beautiful and having them there for us and others to look at is a gift. They die once picked (obviously) so I prefer them to stay in the ground where they can live and be appreciated.”

“I’m surprised by the amount of people that allow their kids to pick flowers from someone’s garden. “It’s only 1 flower” it’s a pretty crappy mentality, what if everyone thought the same, there’d be no flowers left. Some people spend a lot of time and money on their gardens, other people’s property should be respected, that’s what’s wrong with people nowadays”

“I live in a city. All of the flowers are planted by businesses or home owners. They aren’t wild. My daughter wants to pick them. So i explained that i love the flowers too. I love them so much i want water them and watch them grow. Picking flowers kills them. You can take them home and put them in water but in a few days they will wither and be thrown away. If we leave them be and let them grow they’ll live a lot longer and we see them everyday and stop to smell them. She now just smells them and tells them they are beautiful and she loves them.”

“In Northern Cali, the mommies freak out about how we’re killing bees by picking flowers.”

“No – they are not our flowers to pick, leave them there and let everyone enjoy them.”

Ummm this comment was a bit surprising – “I would be more concerned about the children being poisoned from any sap in the plant… This is a very dangerous practice if you don’t know about plants.”

And OUCH! “Went for a walk once and my son picked everything along the way and sure enough he grabbed a fist full of a cactus, 6hrs later we were still picking the pricks out and a bad ass allergic reaction.”

Join our Facebook discussion below:

  • A big NO if the flowers are in someone’s front yard or have clearly been planted on their nature strip. But If they are just wild flowers growing on the side of the road what’s the harm?


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