On the 6th of August Chris Carroll held a Fruit Tree pruning workshop . The basics of fruit pruning was practically demonstrated with a focus on apple trees. Varieties of apple cordons were then pruned by everyone who attended the session. People commentated that they felt more confident to prune their own trees afterwards.
On Saturday 20th August Ludmila Draxlerová gave a fascinating talk on Herbs and their Uses with an insight into their medicinal properties.
Ludmila started experimenting with herbs – observing, and comparing results – from early childhood in her native Slovakia. We heard how she saved her school friend the pain of having warts burnt off by treating them with Greater Celandine. And how between one spring and winter she successfully treated her mother’s gall stones with Agrimony. And then as a mother herself, how she made her own St. John’s Wort tincture and oil to relieve her children’s itchy chicken pox.
Ludmila answered all the questions we threw at her – from what books to read, which herbs to use for our own ailments to the impact of pharmaceutical companies on generations of knowledge being lost.
She showed us a selection of her own tinctures and mixtures. And we finished with a stroll round the garden looking at, touching and smelling many of the wonderful herbs she’d talked about.
In conjunction with Blaise Castle Museum hosting Goram fair, the Garden will be open on the
30th of July with fun activities.
Goram Fair is a community event and funfair celebrating the legend of Bristol’s giant Goram which ran from 1954 to 1996.
At Blaise Community Garden 12pm – 4pm . There will be :
Small and large scarecrow making
Cakes and Refreshments
A chance to explore the garden , see the new pictorial meadow, Bee garden and progress on the pond.
Find out more about what is happening on the day and what to wear! https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/blaise-castle-house-museum/whats-on/goram-fair/. Their are all sorts of stalls, activities and vintage funfairs supplied by Albert Rogers Funfairs, who were part of the 1950s fair.
It was another great annual get growing event on the weekend of the 4th and 5th of June 2016. Thankyou to all the visitors who came to explore the gardens and all the volunteers that helped out to make it a great success. We had all sorts activities going on including scarecrow making with Alistair , mini beast hunting with Mick, mini magic gardens with Helen and sign paintings for the garden with Kate. There was alot of growing going on too ,with visitors planting leeks and vegetables and to name but a few volunteers -Kim was hard at work getting the tomatoes in and Sally planting strawberries. A huge plant Sale run by Ludmilla and Sally raised a great amount too which will be put back into the garden to buy seeds for next year. We hope next year can be just as successful.
The Bristol Get Growing Trail is happening again for 2016 !
There will be a Plant Sale. There will also be refreshments, a Barbecue at Mid day and cake sale.
The garden will have lots of activities for all the family. Come and get involved in decorating colourful signs and totempoles to brighten up the garden. Make your mark with your own handprints and turn your thumb prints into fun beasties and animals to cover the signs. There will also be seeding a wildflower meadow strip and more!
The Bristol Get Growing Trail is part of 20 of Bristol’s Secret fruit & veg gardens that will open their gates to visitors.
Blaise Community garden will be open 11.00am – 4.00pm both days. From the 4th – 5th of June.
Hope to see you there !
(Here’s a sneak preview of one the totempoles…hopefully we will have a giant tree and bee signs to decorate this weekend too!)
A large area of the bottom of the garden has been cleared for exciting projects such as a wildflower meadow.
The bottom south-facing wall has been cleared , fruit trees and a bedding border of plants have been planted which should hopefully look stunning when it springs into life!
The propagation greenhouse has been re glazed with glass which is great to have such a large space to start all the seedling growing.
The large greenhouse has also had glass replaced , a space that is ready for a new exciting project and houses some of the garden sculptures in that were made by Pete.
So much has already happened this year it will be exciting to see how the garden progresses and see it burst into life throughout the rest of the year!
Pictures by Helen showing the pictorial Meadow. All that hard work removing the stubborn grass and preparing the soil I think we can all agree paid off. There has been a great burst of colour for weeks now, situated right next to the Bee hives by ‘Be the change’ project these flowers will be a great nectar source for the honey bees at the moment.
Here are some shots taken by Helen of the progress on the pond. Mick .T , Pete and individuals have been very hard at work creating two ponds , this will be a great value to nature at the garden and situated next to the temporary pictorial meadow will be a lovely place to come relax at the garden.