Why gardening is political

Secret Language of Flowers

Friday 29 April: Secret Garden at Watts Studios. As part of the Watts At Dusk season we will be exploring the art of floriography in the beautiful gardens of Watts Gallery nestled in the Surrey Hills.  Using flowers to convey messages became very popular in Victorian times when a carefully selected 'tussie-mussie' could be used to express feelings through the symbolism of the flowers it contained.

As dusk descends on the secret garden join us and explore the Secret Language of Flowers.

Friday 29 April, Late night opening until 9pm

16 and under go free

2 for 1 Adult entry

All activities FREE with admission

For more information visit Watts Gallery

Topics: [floriography] [Surrey] [Watts Gallery] [wild flowers]

Getting Dirty!

Avant-Gardening is now acting as the Cluster Champion for Greenwich on Project Dirt. In this role we will be championing the initiatives that are getting folk out doors and into nature.  If you haven't already, why not sign up to Project Dirt and if you are in the Borough of Greenwich (or neighbouring areas) please join the Greenwich Cluster and help us to promote your projects and events. 

Greenwich Gardens

gnome heads
gnome heads
drop seedbombs not litter
drop seedbombs not litter
The Great Outdoors - planting the community garden
The Great Outdoors - planting the community garden

Greenwich Gardens is a new project that aims to network community groups interested in the creative arts, the environment and community gardening and work with them to proactively respond to local environmental issues.

The initiative is focused on East Greenwich, an area undergoing a radical change with intensive development and the attendant challenges to the environment and established communities.  Having run a number of discrete activities in the area over the last few years we have built a picture of the concerns that local people have and their aspirations for the future.  We are now looking to build on the desire to strengthen community engagement and people's access to green and open spaces.

We see Greenwich Gardens as a new way of working; facilitating dialogues, supporting community development and placing creativity within the context of urban greening and community gardening.  We are seeking project partners and communtiy groups interested in working with us to develop new ideas and help to realise them.

If you are interested in being involved with Greenwich Gardens please send an e-mail to paul@avantgardening.org or tweet @avantgardenlond


Topics: [community engagement] [community garden] [gardening] [Greenwich] [nature]

Walthamstow Garden Party

Avant-Gardener, Lisa Cheung, is going to be at the Walthamstow Garden Party on the weekend of 18th and 19th July. She will be making cyanotype prints inspired by the designs of William Morris. Come along and join Lisa to create your own beautiful print.

Topics: [festival] [Walthamstow]

Experiment with flavour

Avant-Gardening will be running more experimental ice cream making and tasting sessions as part of Open Street London on Saturday, 30 May, 11am - 4pm.  We are really keen to meet enthusiastic urban gardeners who can bring some tasty fresh produce with them and transform it into an innovative ice. 

For more information about the Open Streets day visit http://www.openstreetslondon.com/

Topics: [community engagement] [family] [Southwark] [workshops]

Crocus Field Launch

 Last October hundreds of people came together at Little Marton Mill in Mereside to be a part of the creation of a living artwork with artist Rebecca Chesney and Avant-Gardening as part of LeftCoast’s Growing People programme.  

The goal was to plant 100,000 Crocus bulbs with local residents, businesses, organisations and schools to create a stunning gateway to Blackpool and a new habitat for bees and wildlife.

A public launch to celebrate the planting and flowering will take place at the Windmill on Sunday 8 March at 12pm and includes a local bee walk hosted by Alan Hulme and some delicious homemade soup.  All welcome.

Sunday 8 March 12-3pm

Little Marton Windmill, Blackpool, FY4 4XQ


Topics: [Blackpool] [community engagement] [environment] [gardening]

Crocus Field

Little Marton Windmill. Photo Rebecca Chesney
Little Marton Windmill. Photo Rebecca Chesney

Avant Gardening in partnership with LeftCoast and artist Rebecca Chesney are set to create a giant living artwork in the green space around Little Marton Windmill, Blackpool, this month and you can be part of making it happen.

Residents and businesses are invited to roll up their sleeves and get involved with planting the 100,000 crocuses needed to create the ambitious installation over four days from 30 October to 2 November. Everything you’ll need to take part will be provided so this is the perfect chance to let your green fingers get creative.

Not only will the planting create a stunning living artwork that can be enjoyed by local residents but it will also brighten the Preston New Road route into Blackpool for visitors. The crocus field will flower in spring 2015 and will create the perfect habitat for wildlife and bees as well as a torrent of colour around the mill.

Everything you need to get involved will be provided including planting tools, equipment and refreshments.

Planting takes place from Thursday 30 October to Sunday 2 November at Little Marton Windmill between 10am and 3pm daily.

To book your time to come along and plant click here to complete our short booking form or call 01253 477973 and speak to Jade.

Or feel free to drop by and help with the planting.

Topics: [Blackpool] [collaboration] [community engagement] [Creative Roots] [gardening]

Do you Pushbullet?

Avant-Gardening now has a channel on pushbullet to provide a service that will allow you to get project updates on your phones, tablets and computers quickly and easily.

You can receive updates by following this link http://pushbullet.com/channel?tag=avantgardening

Topics: [community engagement] [social media]

artwork by polly brannan
website by the useful arts organisation