The survey of 1,200 Southport-registered visitors suggested that an impressive garden is the biggest property turn on for home buyers.
The poll revealed that outside of location, 60 per cent of us would be most swayed by an impressive garden when buying a home.
After a garden, a kitchen was cited as one of the most important features we consider when purchasing a property.
The survey was conducted by Southport Flower Show.
It also revealed that most respondees spend more than four hours each week in the garden and over 700 respondents questioned spend up to £500 a year on their garden, with over 300 spending over £500 year.
Ray Roukin, general manager at Southport Flower Show said: "We are a nation of garden lovers, and gardens clearly are one of the most important elements of the home."
On the question what would sway decisions to buy a home:
60% said an impressive garden
27% a big kitchen
11% a conservatory
2% a bathroom.
The survey also revealed that most respondees spend more than four hours each week in the garden and over 700 respondents questioned spend up to £500 a year on their garden, with over 300 spending over £500 year.
The survey also revealed that the older we get the more interest we have in the garden. Just five per cent of under 30’s put gardening as their favourite garden activity, compared to 67 per cent of over 30s. The favourite past time for under 30s in the garden was outdoor dining.
Roukin added: "Gardens are now, more than ever, an extension of peoples’ homes. We see more than 50,000 visitors at the show every year, many looking for lifestyle ideas for their garden and spending thousands on garden dining equipment, landscaping, garden cabins, home offices, sculptures, even outdoor heating. A home’s green space is now more important than ever."
This year Southport Flower Show runs from the 18-21 August.
Other findings included:
- 62% stated weeding the most hated garden chore
- 23% mowing the lawn the most hated garden chore
- 58% of people questioned grow their own produce
- 95% of people questioned will spend a sunny afternoon in the garden, rather than at the pub, shopping or the beach
Monty Don came out as the most popular celebrity gardener with 497 votes with Alan Titchmarsh a close second winning 357 votes.