Miranda used compost and a Hackney garden waste bag to make a mini pop up garden
As a group of neighbours in Hackney, we have got together to create an explosion of pop up gardens to coincide with the Chelsea Flower Show.
These gardens will go on show in 17 days. This is a community collaboration inspired by ‘The Chelsea Fringe Festival’ which we are part of.
After registering our project with them we set about getting our hands on, quite literally, tons of free compost and have gained permission from the council. This project has continued to grow and is open to anyone who wants to get involved.
We share advice and ideas and there is a real buzz about our project, which is currently at least 25 sites strong. These sites range from tree pits to container gardens, made in either recycling sacks or builders’ sand bags, either within housing estates or on streets.
You don’t need to be an experienced gardener to get involved, just either know a street that could do with some floral cheer or want to help somebody else with there idea; any kind of help is welcome. We will supply all the advice you need; all we ask for is some enthusiasm.
We’re still looking to get more people involved, so please contact us at dbg.chelseafringe[at]gmail.com and visit our website dbgchelseafringe.wordpress.com
Guest blog post by Miranda Janatka. Uploaded by Krystena Petrakas. Photo by dbgchelseafringe under a CC licence.
A couple of weeks ago I was doing a work attachment at the Ham & High newspaper in London. I was sent to Belsize Park to vox-pop locals about a historic florist which is set to be demolished in the area.
The Salmon Florist, located next door to Belzise Park tube station, is over a century old. The quaint little hut, which sells a range of flowers and shrubs, brightens up Haverstock Hill, standing out in a street full of chain restaurants and high-street shops.
The hut was once part of the Devonshire nurseries, which used to cover a large proportion of the land by the tube (it’s now a council estate and coffee shops). Despite opposition from some residents, Camden Council have sold the land, which looks like it will be replaced with a basement development.
Despite it being a cold and rainy day, a number of people stopped to look at the plants. The vast majority of people I spoke to said they were sad to see it go, as it is such a focal point of the area. Many had gone there to buy additions to their gardens or seasonal decorations and gifts and thought it’d be a shame.
It’s a sad fact that similar things are happening all over London (and the rest of the UK as well). We need to start supporting our local, independent gardening shops.
Do you know of anything similar happening in East London? Tweet us @eastendgardener.
By Natasha Wynarczyk. Photo from 192.com
Today kicks off the start of National Gardening Week, not that we gardening enthusiasts need an excuse garden, but the Royal Horticultural Society has put on an abundance of events to keep our green fingers busy. You can find the full list of activities at nationalgardeningweek.org.uk
With a week of April showers forecast for London and the majority of the UK, I feel a boost of encouragement is needed to get all urbanites to dust off their shovels, get into their wellies and get your urban garden looking bright and blossoming for the summer months to come.
We want to encourage all urban gardeners who do join in with National Gardening Week to let us know what you get up to, whether you’re potting a plant, weeding the flowerbeds or mowing your lawn, it would be great to hear and see what you get up to this week. Feel free to contact us if you fancy writing a guest post for our blog at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And if you have any gardening queries just comment below this post and we’ll get back to you with our tips and advice. And for those who get a chance to go to the events the Royal Horticultural Society are putting on, we want to hear about that too, so please comment and let us know your thoughts.
Here are some photos from Pinterest to inspire you this week:
By Krystena Petrakas