Bristol Open Doors Weekend at the Garden

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September, 10am-4pm

Come and explore and take a guided tour around our wonderful walled garden. Learn about the history and find out how its changed over time. Children are welcome to come and be ‘mini explorers’ with things to spot and find. There will be plants for sale and a café.

Christmas Crafts 2016


Such an amazing Community Event yesterday at the Garden – it was BUZZING continuously from start to finish with people arriving from all over Bristol to create amazing Christmas Decorations from natural materials and pure imagination! Or just to enjoy the home made delicious cakes and refreshments in a welcoming friendly environment.
The kids got involved, the Mums, Dads, Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles, Friends and our wonderful volunteers who all put 100% in one form or another – from foraging to baking – We have a wonderful team!
Big shout out to Country Baskets for the donation of craft supplies, Amphora Aromatics for the candles and essential oils Vegware for the compostable cups/plates/napkins etc and Blaise Castle House Museum for linking up with us.

Bonfire Bonanza

Remember, remember the 5th November and a good time was had by all.  There was a guy, a bonfire and fireworks a plenty.  It was a sparkling extravaganza and we all enjoyed sitting round the old boiler lid, reincarnated as a firepit.  We also did ourselves proud with a wonderful spread of culinary delights. Here is a collection of photos kindly supplied by Martin Hewer.

Sculpture Workshop Held

Turdcrete workshop was Held by Pete on the 1st of October ! : Turdcrete was a mixture of compost and cement. People made a variety of garden artefacts using the mixture and chicken wire for structure. This took place in our newly renovated large greenhouse, a great space for creative projects. Plant wall hanging pots proved popular . One young person created a lovely dragonfly.

Upcoming Workshops at Blaise Community Garden

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There are a variety of exciting workshops you can come and get involved in and the courses are run by people working at the Garden. The location is at the Cabin at Blaise Community Garden.
 We have just recently had two great workshops on fruit tree pruning and herbs and their uses.
September 3rdWonder of Bees * –  13:00 start
September 24thMake your own Garden Sculpture * – First part 10:00 – 14:00
October 1stMake your own Garden sculpture * – Second part 10:00 – 14:00
This course of two sessions will accommodate a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 people. Contact Chris and Pete on
October 29thHalloween pumpkin carving and soup – time to be arranged
November 19thCompost and natural fertilisers11:00 start
December ( date to be arranged)- Xmas decorations using natural materials
Gardening Ecology – to be arranged for early Spring

* Bee the Change Workshop. Wonder of Bees on September 3rd 1 to 3 pm in Blaise Community Garden.
Bee the Change is a Bristol and Stroud based social enterprise, tackling the pollination crisis by connecting communities to nature through bee conservation. We do this by re-shaping what we think of as ‘bee-keeping’; turning it around to a more bee-centric form, and bringing people together to learn about what can be done to improve the environment. We plant beegardens, run educational workshops and bring a political, social and environmental consciousness into honeybee stewardship and wildlife conservation.

Come and join us for a workshop on how to nurture honeybees in a sustainable way, followed by a volunteering session (if you wish) of bee garden maintenance and bee hive making. We will be with live honeybees, so please wear protective shoes and clothes. Please do not come if you are allergic to bees.

Please note – peaking inside honeybee hives is only possible if the weather is sunny. If it is raining or overcast, we will be able to peak through the observation windows only.

RSVP essential as numbers are limited. E mail:

*Garden Sculpture making On Sat 24th Sept and Sat 1st Oct will be run by Pete . Providing an introduction to making Garden Sculptures/Ornaments/Fancy Plant Holders/Anything Imaginable, etc. in the large glasshouse, this can continue on successive Saturdays if we wish, or if we don’t finish our pieces in time.

Over the next few weeks Pete shall place in the glasshouse a few examples of various items made in various media, mostly cement/compost mixes over wire frames. The Pan figure on the pole is made of this material.

Cement, compost, and wire will be provided for the course.

If participants can bring their own pliers and an old tablespoon and an old plastic bowl for mixing that would be helpful, as we only have a limited number of these.

More details of upcoming events will follow