Abbey Gardens viewed from the Webcam

Mugwort to Physalis

Walkers Chris & Gordon consider Mugwort
Walkers Chris & Gordon consider Mugwort

With this in your shoes you can apparently go for miles

The Urban Seed Day went really well, and a big thanks goes out to Roy Vickery for his excellent contribution. The idea was to gather or sow some seeds for next year's Harvest Garden and to talk more about our long term proposals for the garden. Botanist Roy (of South London Botanical Institute) joined us for the afternoon and led a great walk around the garden looking at wildflowers that have been imported, blown onto or deliberately planted on the site. Besides just identifying an amazing range of plants from Mugwort & Corn Cockle to tomatoes & Physalis (!) Roy was also able to reveal some fascinating folklore about the different plants. Karen then gave a master-class on seed propagation, with some hands on volunteers sewing seeds of plants to be used next year.

Squash Surprise

We had a good time at the St Mary's allotments open day on Saturday and we hope met some potential new recruits for the Harvest Garden. When you see what they can do with squash you know why we want to sign them up!

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The wild flower mix has come through at last
The wild flower mix has come through at last

Photo: Nina Pope

Come & join us on Saturday August 16th for an URBAN SEED DAY at Abbey Gardens ...

We will be gathering and sowing some seeds for next year's Harvest Garden and talking more about our long term proposals for the site. Joining us for the afternoon will be botanist ROY VICKERY (of South London Botanical Institute) for an informal afternoon of WILD FLOWER SPOTTING, FOLKLORE, SEED GATHERING & SEED SOWING.

We will be at the garden, which is opposite Baker's Row in East London (Near West Ham or Stratford tube) from 3pm-5.30pm. The event is free but booking is advised via our contact page.

The event is supported by Newham Council & Friends of Abbey Gardens, we will also have some exciting seeds from the wonderful Chiltern Seeds to give away. If you have seeds gathered from your own gardens do bring some along to swap - Louise has already given me loads of poppy seeds from her West Ham allotment.

Refreshments, materials & equipment provided. Sorry, no unaccompanied children under 14.

St. Mary's Allotments Open Day

If you're planning to come to our urban seed day (see above) you might like to make an afternoon of it and also visit the wonderful St. Mary's Allotments also in Newham, they're off Queens Road and the entrance is opposite Princes Terrace (E13 9AJ).

I believe the open day runs from 12.30 - 3.30 pm (On Saturday August the 16th) and there will be a marquee with produce etc. Judging by our visit a few weeks ago on the Harvest Walk it would be well worth the trip.

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