Come and learn about the pondlife at Culpeper, make your own garden-based cyanotypes and learn how to garden successfully on your balcony!
Pondlife 11 - 1pm, Wednesday 2nd August
The pond at Culpeper is home to a wide range of wildlife - come and get to know them at this free session, children and families welcome.
Cyanotypes 2 - 4pm, Saturday 19th August.
These blueprints are one of the earliest forms of photography and are exposed in the sunshine and developed in fresh water so safe for all the family to experiment with! £10 (£5 concs)
Balcony gardening 12 - 2pm, Thursday 24th August
Many of us don’t have a garden but lots can be achieved on your balcony! Come and learn tips and techniques to get the most out of your balcony. £7 (£2 concs)
12 - 1pm, Sunday 9th July & 12 - 2pm, Thursday 13th July Edible flowers
Learn to identify and sample edible flowers in the garden! Come and learn what you can add to your salad or decorate your cake. Scones provided to aid taste test! Suggested donation £5 waged (£2 concessions)
6 - 9pm, 20th July & 1 - 4.30pm Saturday 22nd July Screen printing
Come and learn about plant structure and make and print your own paper cut design. The Thursday evening session is shorter and we will be printing on paper. On the Saturday we will be printing on fabric - you’re welcome to bring t-shirts or other items you would like to print on. Fabric squares will be provided free or blank bags available to buy for £2.
Thursday evening: £10 (£5 concs) Saturday session £20 (£10 concs)
It's our monthly Culpeper workday this Sunday from 11 - 2pm - come and help us look after this beautiful garden and enjoy it at its best. No gardening experience needed. All welcome.
From 12 - 1pm we will also be collecting and sampling edible flowers! Come and learn which plants in your garden you can add to a salad or use to decorate a cake. We will provide some herb scones to aid the taste test! Free samples for everyone who's helping out with the gardening or £5/£2 suggested donation if you'd just like to come for the workshop and enjoy the garden.
Ps - the scones will be inspired by, but not made by, beautiful baker and long term Culpeper support Elizabeth, so may not be quite as good as the ones pictured! These ones were famously sampled and enjoyed by Joanna Lumley!
7 - 9pm, Thursday, 22nd June: Drawing
Come and draw in the garden! An informal workshop for all abilities - come and learn about the plants in the garden through drawing and observation - suggested donation £7 waged, £2 unwaged.
11.30 - 12.30, Friday 23rd June: Propagation
Propagation: softwood cuttings, work alongside our volunteers and learn to create your own plants through soft tip cuttings at our Friday volunteer session. Free.
10am - 12pm, Saturday 24th June: Hanging Baskets
Do you have an old hanging basket in a shed or cupboard? Bring it along on and give it a new lease of life and plant up a beautiful
hanging basket which will give you joy all summer long (new baskets are available!). Cost £20 £10 (members/ concessions)
This autumn Martha received a grant from the Merlin Trust to visit gardens in Japan to learn about creating gardens for wellbeing and learning.
Culpeper is an amazingly hard-working oasis in the city providing a wealth of benefits for people and wildlife and this was an exciting opportunity to learn about techniques from a different gardening tradition.
As more and more of us live in urban environments, creating gardens that really work for cities becomes ever more important.
Read her report about the gardens she visited here
New Year - New shoots! We've been awarded our #first500 for our year of growing. We have £500 to invest in seeds, bulbs and plants to share with our plot holders and grow with volunteers and community groups throughout 2017. There's even enough for compost to plant things in and new hand trowels to dig with. Very glad of the support - we planted our first few chilli and tomato seeds today. They will have to stay inside until it gets warmer!
If you'd like to support the garden - you can donate here: