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
The young people, accompanied by signers, took a tour round the gardens undeterred by the cold and damp. They decided that bugs and mini beasties were unseen helpers in the Gardens and will be devising their own interactive tour.
Here is some of their creative thinking:
The group have scheduled Friday 19th May as their Takeover Day….
Should we worry, should we be scared? No we’re looking forward to the next generation’s management of heritage.
Keep a lookout for more information about the Takeover Day
Our 10 acres is ready for you, and your young ones, to explore, discover, have fun and chill, all year round.
If you’ve enjoyed our school holiday crafting, creative and outdoor activities, why not take advantage of the Family Activity Annual Pass so you can bring the family back, again and again.
As well as free access to the over 40 days of organised family activities, you can use the Gardens, have picnics, play in the mud kitchen, hunt for bugs and beasties or build dens any day we are open … all year round.
That is, every day we are open (except Special Events) – we are open 5 days a week in winter and 7 days a week from April to October!
The Pass costs just £40 and is valid from January to December. It covers up to 5 people over 5years old (maximum 2 adults). (Conditions apply)
The first school holiday of the year and a bit or sun and freshening air makes for lively kids, eager for a run around. As usual we have a week packed full of things to do and places to explore.
Running round the maze will keep them warm, there are still beautiful snowdrops to discover, lanterns and pom-pom twigs to decorate your spaces, apple birdfeeders to hang up.. and of course there are seeds to plant and take home to watch grow.
Every day an extra craft and loads of spaces, nooks and magic views for young ones to explore time and again.
We’re full of Family Fun at half term … Can you help make the best welcome for all to the Gardens?
We are recruiting volunteers to support us deliver fun and friendly craft and outdoor activities next week. (Monday 20th Feb – Friday 24th 11-3.30)
All week children and their grown-ups will explore our 10 acres, discover the mud kitchen, hunt for bugs, make daffodil cards and find signs of spring.
Volunteers can help with everything from showing people round, ensuring signs and maps are ready, showing how to make the crafts. Training and induction is given and you’re always in a team with others.
Our cosy café serves visitors warm drinks and snacks… we always need help there too.
Interested? Contact us for a chat. Phone, message or fill in the form on our website here : volunteer-enquiry form
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).
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 us 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)