De Beauvoir – a new gardening year

If you missed our March meeting it was a corker! It was so well attended that we almost ran out of space. The appeal of a poster about otters in Haggerston obviously worked magic, even when the speaker had to share the floor with our AGM. This is my resume of the event with a …

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Wonderful wildflowers! Jennifer Benyon shows us how to grow and care for them

If you missed this really practical and inspiring talk by Jennifer Benyon don’t despair. We’ve put links here to her well researched suppliers of wildflower seed mixes – Pictorial Meadows and Meadow Mania. If you want inspiration both the websites mentioned have lots of images and you can see wildflower planting in London Fields, the Olympic Park …

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Pictures of July’s walkabout

The usual July walkabout was replaced this year with a peek at two community growing initiatives. First up was Chris Levack’s community garden on the corner of Hoxton Street. Given space in the community garden by the housing association Chris has turned a forgotten  corner of urban London into a very special garden. It’s an …

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Gardeners Question time

Miranda Janatka has kindly sent us her notes (and images) from our Gardeners Question Time meeting on Tuesday 12th June. The panel consisted of Louise, Paul and Joel from the N1 Garden Centre and Chris Preston, our own club expert. The meeting was chaired by Nancy Turnbull. Q1. How can I get rid of Rosemary …

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Gardening tips from Westminster Abbey

Our speaker in May was Chris Collins whose career in horticulture has been incredibly varied and includes many TV appearances as well as being the resident the Blue Peter gardener. His presentations to us included his first year as head gardener at Westminster Abbey and his first gardening experience in Japan. Luckily Miranda Janatka has …

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Bees in the City

Our speakers in November 2011 were Brian McCallum and Alison Benjamin, co-authors of ‘A World without Bees’ and ‘Bees in the City’. They recently moved locally, backing on to De Beauvoir and gave us a wonderful insight into urban beekeeping as well as sharing some of their knowledge of the light of bees worldwide. You …

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