Sunday 25th August from 11 – 6 is a rare opportunity to explore an amazing network of community run gardens, from The Garrett Centre to Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, Rocky Park Garden, Keddleston Community Centre and beyond in East London! I'll be running a wellbeing space at the Phytology medicine garden at the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, among lots of great activities happening on the day - see below for more info.
Pick up a free map from the Garrett Centre - 117 Mansford St E2 6LX, made by the artist Soofiya – and follow the trail through the gardens to find and collect stories, poems, and written treasures by local residents, artists and growers hidden along the way. There will also be opportunities to share your own stories, make a found poem or sow some seeds.
Each garden will host different activities, workshops and skill shares suitable for all ages. These include: a creative nature connection workshop with local environmental educator Shaira, a billboard making workshop with Saif Osmani from the Bengali East End Heritage Society, Henna by Hafiza, free herb harvests, a tea and wellbeing space with the Mobile Apothecary, including Ayurvedic mini-consultations, music making, food by Bethnal Greens and Middleton Meals, face painting and much more! Pick up a programme on the day for more details.
After the trail, from 6:30 – 9pm, join us at Bethnal Green Nature Reserve for a feast and open mic. Bring a story, instrument – or tell us about what you found on the trail.
The Open Gardens Treasure trail has been co-curated by Earthlings, a partnership between poet Katherine McMahon and community gardener, Hari Byles – in collaboration with Teesdale and Hollybush TRA, Phytology/ Bethnal Green Nature Reserve and the Bengali East End Heritage Society.
Commissioned for the Garrett Centre Commission and Supported by the Live Art Development Agency (LADA). Supported by Mayor of London: Culture Seeds. For more information or to get involved, write to email@example.com