Category: Events

Auricula …not a very prim primula

To celebrate our 17th century Gardens’ new ‘Auricula Theatre’ feature we are holding a day with specialist growers HillView Hardy Plants.

On Easter Bank Holiday Monday,  the nursery people from HillView will answer questions, give advice about growing, and of course sell you some of their lovely range of plants, which will be at their height around this time.

The Primula auricula is usually known as auricula, or by the folk names of mountain cowslip or bear’s ear. The upright stalks and colourful headed flowers were popular, and coveted,  from the early 17th century. Rare beauties were so prized that they were sometimes presented to a seated and expectant audience, appearing from behind a curtain, with many ‘oohs and ahhs’.

As growers became ‘enthusiasts’, this approach led to the practice of displaying the plants on layered shelving or within a framed arch – just like a theatre. Some ‘ auricula theatres’ were modest others,

Theatre at Calke Abbey

frankly, ostentatious.

As a 17th/18th century Garden, there would undoubtedly have been auriculas grown here.

by courtesy of the National Galleries Scotland

In the Music Room this summer we are displaying a reproduction of a flower painting (from around 1712, by Dutch painter Jan van Huysum). We already grow most of the flowers that appear in his picture … but not auricula. So…

Our, modest but authentic, Auricula Theatre will complement the season of mini-flower exhibits reflecting the picture in the Music Room.

Come along on Easter Bank Holiday Monday to find out more.

Part of our #GrowtheGardens fundraising this year.

Potatoes planted…

A good day for planting potatoes… Lots of ‘growing kits’ given away.

Make sure you share your results with us #castlebromichhallgardens #wegrowtogether. I wonder who will be able to harvest the most from our one potato.

We were giving away ‘rocket’ seed potatoes, so they shold be ready in a couple of months.

Thanks to all the lovely young peple who helped plant up one of our 4 potato beds. We have now added “swift” and “foremost” to our ‘earlies’ beds. All the Highland Burgundy Red, shetland Blacks and Salad Blues are now in and we’ll be putting the very special Congo  and Yamm varieties in next week.

Can’t wait till they harvest? Well come back for our community cob and pizza oven making days on 18th and 19th April

Event support volunteers

Do you love making something happen? Want to do something good in your community? Like working with others in a team? 

Come and be a part of something which makes people smile and help us run a great programme of public events.

Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens Trust is a tiny charity with a big Garden – 10 acres!!  We are run by volunteers and rely on volunteers to keep the charity going.

We love to share the space with people and, to help us keep the charity going, we also run over 25 public events and 40 family activity sessions. Our volunteers run a small café and a shop too.

Events range from musical afternoons through outdoor family theatre to 1940s nostalgia and rare plant fairs. Many activities happen at weekends or during school holidays.

Why not come and have fun making it fun for everyone.

What will I be doing?

Depending on the event and your preferences, you may be asked to:

  • meet and greet visitors and make sure they can find their way about
  • help set up and clear down the event
  • help set up signs and flyers to advertise the events in advance
  • staff the shop or stalls
  • sell raffle tickets and tell people about membership
  • take refreshments to other volunteers on the day
  • help the organisers run a smooth event
  • help direct traffic safely in the car park

What skills, experience and attributes do I need?

Along with being able to give your time on at least 2 or 3 occasions, we ask that you are

  • flexible and willing to volunteer outdoors
  • enthusiastic about what we do and helping at events
  • willing to work as part of a team
  • Some tasks might involve physically moving tables, equipment etc…. we can adjust according to your needs – there’s a variety of roles!

If you have specific skills and experience that you think might be useful, such as event management, graphic skills, leading teams, till experience, car parking, first aid – do please let us know when you apply.

But don’t worry, we will provide training and induction as needed – a willingness to help out and to learn the ropes is the main thing .

Want to know more?

You can: Phone. 0121 749 4100, Email: admin@cbhgt.org.uk

Fill out the form on this website here

Or come along to one of our regular Volunteer Open sessions , 10am- 12,  31st March, 28th April etc…

Download a copy of this (pdf) here : Events Support volunteering

White and Green – Snowdrops and a Green man

Celebrate the return of the light with the ‘sweet harbinger of Spring’, the delicate snowdrop.  Sunday 5th February  11am -3pm.

Our snowdrops have been increasing every year and they make a delightful show of sprinkled white and green in the Lower Wilderness. The first Snowdrop day Sunday 5th February is a family day out dedicated to welcoming back the longer days and brighter light.

For ‘gardeners’ there will be short guided walks and sales of plants, our Green Man will delight us with stories and song about spring and winter.

Join us in making simple lanterns to light our way round and fashion a traditional Brigid Cross to hang on your door.

Hot drinks and homemade soup will be available in the shop.

£4.50 (including optional Gift Aid), Children £1
RHS & Garden members £3.20

Come back to see the later flowering snowdrops on a second snowdrop Sunday (19th February).

 

Draw the Gardens…a botanical quest

Like to Draw? Join us for our new (free) monthly relaxed drawing sessions with our artists in residence from the Birmingham Society of Botanical Artists.

Birmingham Society of Botanical Artists logoWe are delighted to announce the beginning of a year long drawing project in conjunction with the Society.

Once a month Members of the BSBA will be in the Gardens drawing plants across the seasons. They are inviting anyone – of whatever experience – to join them for a relaxed and no hassle couple of hours.

Normal garden entry charges will apply, but otherwise the sessions are free to anyone who wishes to join in and be guided by experienced botanical artists.

The first session will be on Wednesday 8th February and continue on the second Wednesday of every month thereafter 1.30 to 3.30.

All you will need is suitable clothing (we will be outside for all or some of the time – indoors if the weather is bad) and bring some basic drawing tools – paper, sketchbooks pens/pencils and perhaps a folding seat – together with a willingness to observe aspects of the garden and make drawings of what you see.

Some very basic drawing materials will be available if you are coming for the first time.

 

Social Media Surgery at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens

Here at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens we like sharing what we’re up to on our website, facebook page and other social media. We think it’s a great way to connect with our community – and it could be for you too.

That’s why we are hosting the Castle Bromwich Social Media Surgery.

Our staff, volunteers and local partners are offering free social media help to other local voluntary organisations, community groups, charities, clubs and societies in a relaxed, informal setting.

The next surgery is Monday 7th November 5pm  – if you or someone in your group would like to come along they can register via the Social Media  Surgery website.

You can come along for some support, learn with us and then return for more help, or to give some help to someone else yourself. You can come to as many sessions as you’d like.

Current dates include:

We look forward to seeing you here.

It’s a Big Draw day…

Drawing for everyone with Birmingham Society of Botanical Artists

It’s Big Draw month – time for everyone to find their inner artist. The Campaign for Drawing wants everyone to feel the power of taking a line for a walk and making a mark.

This year we are lucky to have our friends from the Birmingham Society of Botanical Artists back again.

How does Autumn change our Gardens? Autumn ‘fills all fruit with ripeness to the core’ – we have a rich store of garden things to record decay and ‘mellow fruitfulness’ :apples, seed pods, gourds and hazel shells in abundance.

Whether you want to come and see the astounding botanical artists at work, or want to have a go drawing a pumpkin, some crisping leaves, seed pods or softening apple…then just drop in.

Suitable for adults and children. All materials supplied.

Normal entrance prices  – donations for materials welcome

 

Half Term Family Activities – Bats and Pumpkins

Colourful leaves, pumpkins and bats.

Crisp and bright. Run around, stir up a colourful cloud of autumn leaves. Be a dragon blowing steamy clouds from your mouth.

Everyday during half term we’ll have some outdoor and indoor craft activities for young people and orange-pumpkin-with-fly-579be13e3df78c3276846a38their grownups. Our themes are pumpkins and bats… we have plenty of both.

Leaf Hedgehog pictures, pinecone spiders, batty mobiles and bat finger puppets. Make a paper Pumpkin Lantern and on Thursday meet the Bat lady.

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12 – 3pm Monday to Friday. £2 each for everyone over 5 years of age 

(£8 family day ticket, Free to Season Pass holders)

Batty Day….#WildaboutGardens

Learn about bats and how to welcome them to you Garden.. with BrumBats.

As well as our regular half term activities we welcome, BrumBats, the Birmingham and Black Country volunteer group, who support bat care and conservation. They will be around to talk about and show us2010-brumbats-logo the wonders of our night time fliers.

This week is the annual #wildaboutgardens week for RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) and the Wildlife Trusts. The theme this year is ‘Stars of the Night’, working together to create a ‘batty’ neighbourhood.

Bats (and pumpkins) will be our them all week, but we’re lucky to have our local conservationists BrumBats on Thursday 27th.

Come down between 12 and 3 for batty info, stories, crafts and maybe (maybe….) even a real, sleepy bat.

Everyday during half term we’ll have some outdoor and indoor craft activities for young people and their grownups. Our themes are pumpkins and bats… we have plenty of both.

12 – 3pm Monday to Friday. £2 each for everyone over 5 years of age

(£8 family day ticket, Free to Season Pass holders)

Dig, crush, drink, eat

Fresh as fresh as fresh… Our harvest apple celebration is fast approaching. It’s been positively Isaac-Newton-like here with apples from our heritage orchard plopping, heavy and ripe, to the ground.

This year, as well as all the lovely entertainment, displays and activities, we want to invite visitors to get some really fresh tastes from our,and their own, gardens.

You can have a go at crushing an apple and tasting the juice it makes.

Which is your favourite?

We’ll have up to 6 different varieties to choose from. We bet you have never tasted anything like it from the supermarket.

Some of this year’s harvest from our two heritage orchards has already been bottled for you to buy – stock up ready for mulled apple juice at Christmas.

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Is there an apple tree in your garden or on a piece of public common land nearby?

Why not harvest some and bring along a bag to juice here?  If you bring along a clean jug or plastic bottle you can take it home to drink later that day.

(don’t forget to leave some on the tree for the birds).

Underground potatoes …

By Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsYes, its true. Potatoes grow underground, in the dark.

Don’t believe us? Come along on Sunday 16th, borrow a fork and dig up some of ours… and hey, you can even take them home and bake them for tea (£1 a large bag).