On Sunday we went to the UpFront Gardens project launch in Pentre Gardens, Cardiff. Under the cool shade of the cherry trees in Pentre Gardens, we learned about the UpFront Gardens initiative to green up Grangetown by creating beautiful, edible front gardens for everybody to enjoy. Read on to find out more.
UpFront Gardens Project Launch
After a little chat and some drinks we got stuck in and made some newspaper seed pots. Shane chose to plant rainbow chard. This was a really easy activity and definitely one to try with the kids at home. I think I could find this activity dangerously addictive – just relaxing in a cool breeze, casually turning the Daily Mail into something actually useful. This Eco Pot Maker makes three different sizes – definitely one for the birthday wishlist!
Then we had some more drinks and a bite to eat. There was a gorgeous floral salad and even elderflower champagne for the grown ups! The elderflower champagne was delicious and definitely one to make before the elderflower season is over. I found a good recipe here but if I don’t have time to make it myself, Michele sells some. I definitely want to try and make some to serve at our wedding next September – imagine toasting the bride and groom with foraged, homemade champers!
Everybody who attended was given a free plant to take home. I chose a jalapeno plant which is now happily basking in the sun on my living room windowsill. I can’t wait to see how well it does!
Keep up with UpFront Gardens.
In July there are two raised bed planting workshops in the area: 16th and 23rd July (both Sundays). Cuppas and cakes are suggested, but why not go along and bring a plate? Stay informed by liking their Facebook page and following them on Twitter.
This looks like an amazing community project to be part of and I’m looking forward to see it flourish in Cardiff and beyond. If you want something like this in your community then get involved with this project and get in touch with them.