Come along – be inspired and visit one of our lovely unique FREE Open Food Gardens on Sunday 23 June.
The annual programme is run by local residents – across St Albans, Harpenden and the villages – who are passionate about growing food.
It has been running for over nine years – with hundreds of people coming along to visit the gardens, and being inspired to grow their own food. New for this year – each garden has identified a theme which runs through the garden.
Seedlings are sometimes on offer. Now included are local allotments, and FoodSmiles community food growing spaces and gardens in Harpenden and St Albans. If you are lucky, you may even get a cuppa and cake.
These events are friendly, informal events. Wander around for 20 minutes, stay an hour and chat to the gardener, talk to the flowers, share ideas with other visitors – its up to you!
Sun June 23rd 3 – 5pm. Theme: raised beds
23 Gresford Close, St Albans AL4 OUB
This is a small garden, found in St Albans, near to Oaklands College. It has been excellently organised to make incredible use of the 10 square metres . This Open Food Garden event will certainly give you ideas about how to pack in the most food growing in small spaces – while maintaining a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere to enjoy the outdoors.
Food is grown in both the back and front gardens. In the south facing front garden there is a mixture of fruit, vegetables and herbs, growbags for tomatoes. The multi-purpose back garden, which also incorporates shaded seating areas, planting to attract wildlife and a small pond, is about 10 metres square. It includes three raised beds where vegetables, minarette fruit trees, soft fruit trained on fences and herbs are grown.
There are several water butts and compost bin. The house has solar panels.
Friendly, fun and informal -you are invited to have a look round, even get a cup of tea and cake if you are lucky! You are welcome to talk to the plants, chat to the gardener or other visitors. Come on your own or bring a neighbour! See what fruit and vegetables can be grown at home! Get tips and advice on designing your vegetable plot and how to deal with critters!
The events are free but we do welcome a suggested £2 donation to Sustainable St Albans charity to help cover the costs. Volunteers are always needed for the programme especially to help on the day showing visitors in. If you are interested in helping by volunteering on the day, please get in touch and email us click here