The Garden Gate guys enjoyed a couple of outings during the month of February…
We were invited to visit The Turner Contemporary in Margate to see their latest exhibition, ‘Entangled: Threads & Making’ an exhibition of sculpture, installation, tapestry, textiles and jewellery followed by some Arts & Crafts activities inspired by the visit.
In addition, we also had our annual trip out to Wyvale Garden Centre to buy seeds, plants and indulge in some tea and cake.
January has been a time of maintenance at the Garden. We had our little woodland coppiced and we are now planning what to with the branches. Building a sculpture is the favourite idea so far so hopefully next month we will be able to share with you what our creative guys at the Garden have done.
Arts and Crafts has been very popular whilst the weather has been colder and our ‘Recovery through Activity’ course in collaboration with East Kent College commenced in January. ‘Recovery through Activity’ is a course focused on the attributes of regular engagement in social activities and it’s benefits to wellbeing.
Thank you for your continued support…
December marked the end of 2016 and gave us an opportunity to reflect on what a great year we have had at The Garden…
2016 saw us host community events including our Spring Open Day, we celebrated Herbal Medicine Week as part of The Chelsea Fringe, our Music Day was a great success and everyone enjoyed our Falling Leaves Arts & Crafts Festival.
In December, we held our TOOL SHED DARK ROOM exhibition, showcasing and selling work that was the outcome of a photographic workshop at the Garden, which ran over five months in 2016. Facilitated by Jason Evans, the workshop was open to everyone, and made use of the tool shed, which lacks running water, mains electricity and light proofing. Red LED head torches served as safe lights. An old pond liner blacked out enough of a corner. A hose pipe washed prints at the end of the day… However, despite the challenges our guys produce so great work and the show was a great success!
To end the year, we hosted The Garden Gate Christmas Dinner. About 40 people chowed down on Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, pulled crackers and scoffed mince pies in the poly tunnel.
We are all looking forward to 2017 and excited at the prospect of lots of fun events, workshops and activities. Thank you Vegware for your kind support.
The 7th & 8th October saw our annual ‘Falling Leaves Arts & Crafts Festival’. Everyone was invited to the garden to enjoy woodfired pizza, teas, cakes, pumpkin soup and coffee and engage in lots of creative activities…
We hooked up with lots of other community groups and artists to deliver a host of things to do and make… Including box planting, rope making, photograms, raku firing and jewellery making to name but a few activities we had to offer
We also had a walking group joins us at the end of their Margate trek for some sustenance.
We couldn’t have hosted the day without all the wonderful people that helped out and made the event such a great success. Along with having such a good time we also managed to raise over £700.00 which will be used towards the construction of our Arts and Crafts cabin. As always none of this could have been achieved without the help from friends, volunteers, staff, trustees and the good will of the people of Thanet.
Hi there, We are still enjoying the good weather at The Garden Gate…
Tuesday Salad Club is still thriving and we have been growing some delicious produce.
We hosted a special presentation day for our attendees who completed their East Kent College courses this month. Attendees of The Garden were awarded certificates by Tim Clarke, one of The Garden Trustees and Operations Manager of The Turner Contemporary in Margate.
Certificates were awarded for completing Gardening & Pottery courses.
We have a ‘Falling Leaves Art Festival’ on the 7th & 8th October and look forward to telling you all about it in our next update.
We have still been having fun during our pottery classes with local potter, Bridget McVey and have been working on a beautiful collection of tiles. The star of our ‘Tuesday Salad Club’ this month has definitely been our super fresh sweetcorn, cooked within 5 minutes of being picked – delicious!
The battle of the cabbage patch continues… the score is about 3-3 in the Caterpillar vs Garden Gate cabbage wars…
We are now in the process of planning activities for the Autumn season. Please get in contact if you would like to know more about the Garden.
On the 23rd of July we had our 3rd annual music day here in the garden. The weather was fantastic and it was a sellout with about 350-400 people attending. On the day we had pizzas and vegan salads using produce from the garden, there was a local beer and cider bar, and a botanical cocktail tent run by friend of the garden (food stylist) Annie Nichols. Annie used herbs, fruits and vegetables from the garden to produce syrups such as pea and mint, nasturtium and marigold, honey and lavender and raspberry and rhubarb, these were then mixed into either alcoholic or non alcoholic cocktails. As you can imagine these were extremely popular. All the musicians played for free and and we managed to raise £5000.00. This could of only been achieved by the hard work of our staff, volunteers, trustees and friends giving us their time and skills.
June has been a busy month at The Garden Gate Project Ltd…
Members of The Garden had a day out on the 7th June to the beautiful Salutation Gardens in Sandwich, owned by regulars on Channel 4’s ‘Googlebox’, Steph and Dom. Steve, the Head Gardener gave us a wonderful tour and talk about the woodland area of their Garden. After a Fish & Chip lunch on the Quay we came back to the Garden full of ideas for our own wooded area.
On the 11th June we hosted an Open Day to celebrate the lead up to ‘Herbal Medicine Week’.
Working in collaboration with local community friends from…The Chamomile Clinic, Haeckels, James & Kathy Harris, The Canterbury Journey and The Turner Contemporary we invited visitors to the Garden to enjoy a herbal tea taster session plus mini alternative therapy treatments including…Reiki healing, Back and Shoulder Massage, Hand reflexology and Indian Head Massage. We also had a lovely time engaging our visitors in arts & crafts activities, a craft stall, jewellery & music. Our Bee Awareness stand and Plant Stall were also very popular. Tea, great coffee & fabulous cake along with delicious paella & our famous wood fired pizza kept our visitors fed and watered.
Incredible Edible Thanet hosted a day for the community to come to the garden and spray paint the planters and plant seeds, the sun was shining and everyone enjoyed the day.
We had a visit from Margate Fire Crew, who chose to support us as one of their charities for 2016 and kindly donated a cheque for £150.00.
Wooden Easter Bunnies were the order of the day, Joe our apprentice and Charlotte had been busy carving bunnies to decorate the garden on the lead up to Easter.
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