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Community Lanterns Parade

Join in or come and watch.
The fourth of our illuminated winter wodland afternoons. Bring your pre-made lanterns or come early and join in the afternoon workshop.
(see calendar for previous  lantern making opportunities)

As dusk falls artist Sophie Handy and our guest performers will lead us all in a short parade around the Gardens and our illuminated mushroom village.
We finish with a seasonal performance suitable for all the family.

Free cup of hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows complete the community get together.
Come early to make your lantern and take home tree decoration

FREE MAKE AND TAKE workshops:
Lantern making session:
Make a lantern from paper and bamboo (takes about 2 hours) 
Natural Christmas Tree Decorations: 
Make a twig star or glittery pine cone or …

TICKETS:
£3 for anyone over 4 years old.
Family ticket £10 Free for Garden members and holders of Family Activity Annual Pass
[ticket prices are a contribution to covering our charity’s costs for this and other events]

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Draw the Gardens … relaxed drawing sessions

Like to draw? Join us for our new monthly relaxed drawing sessions with our artists in residence.

From 1.30 -3.30, on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, artists from the Birmingham Society of Botanical Artists will be in the Gardens drawing and recording our lovely plants.

Anyone can join them for a no hassle, not pressure drawing session – whatever your ability.

As the seasons progress BSBA will record the life cycle of our plants… why not come and have a go yourself. They will be pleased to advise and support… or just leave you to your own devices.

Bring your own materials or take advantage of some basic pen and paper we’ll provide.

Normal entry fees apply but materials and support are free

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* event cancelled* Enchanted woodlands, carol and mummers

Due to predicted weather conditions and warnings we have reluctantly cancelled Sunday 10th Lantern event. Our apologies to everyone for the disappointment this causes (to us all!) . We  intend and hope to go ahead with the Lantern Parade day on Saturday 16th December. Please cehck back here, before setting out.

 

 

Lantern walks in the mushroom village, carol singing and Mummers play 
Join us for the third of our 4 fabulous afternoons full of woodland magic, light, lanterns and entertainment.

As well as the Woodland Walk, craft Make and Takes today also has seasonal entertainment from Castle Bromwich Singers and roustabout fun from Glorishears of Brummagem mummers play

Nature doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Take a lantern and see if you can spot the growing mushroom lanterns village and charming woodland creatures.

FREE MAKE AND TAKE workshops:
Lantern making session: 
Make a lantern from paper and bamboo (takes about 2 hours)
Natural Christmas Tree Decorations:
Make a twig star or glittery pine cone or …
Keep warm with a hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows as you walk around the site together.

TICKETS:
£3 for anyone over 4 years old.
Family ticket £10 Free for Garden members and holders of Family Activity Annual Pass
£3 for anyone over 4 years old.
Family ticket £10 Free for Garden members and holders of Family Activity Annual Pass
[ticket prices are a contribution to covering our charity’s costs for this and other events]

On Saturday 16th December come and join in the grand finale. A Community Lantern Parade …
Take part or just watch…there’s lights, a surprise performance, fun and free hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows.

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Enchanted Woodland Walk and prize draw

The second of our 4 fabulous afternoons full of woodland magic, light, lanterns and entertainment.
Our pre-Christmas offering this year includes enchanting illuminated walks around the garden, spotting our mushroom village houses under the trees, behind the hedge and even up in the branches.

As well as the Woodland Walk each Open Weekend Day has
FREE MAKE AND TAKE workshops:
    Lantern making session:
Make a lantern from paper and bamboo (takes about 2 hours)
    Natural Christmas Tree Decorations: 
Make a twig star or glittery pine cone or …
Keep warm with a hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows as you walk around the site together.

TICKETS:
£3 for anyone over 4 years old.
Family ticket £10 Free for Garden members and holders of Family Activity Annual Pass
£3 for anyone over 4 years old.
Family ticket £10 Free for Garden members and holders of Family Activity Annual Pass
[ticket prices are a contribution to covering our charity’s costs for this and other events]

This year”s Prize Draw will be drawn today … get your raffle tickets well in time…what can you win for Christmas?

On Saturday 16th December come and join in the grand finale. A Community Lantern Parade …
Take part or just watch…there’s lights, a surprise performance, fun and free hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows.

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Enchanted illuminated woodland walk

Brand new this winter. 
Four fabulous afternoons full of woodland magic, light, lanterns and entertainment.
Nature doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Take a lantern and see if you can spot the growing mushroom lanterns village and charming woodland creatures.
Our pre-Christmas offering this year includes enchanting illuminated walks around the garden, spotting our mushroom village houses under the trees, behind the hedge and even up in the branches.

The installation is made by artist Sophie Handy with local community input

As well as the Woodland Walk each Open Weekend Day has
FREE MAKE AND TAKE workshops:
    Lantern making session: 
Make a lantern from paper and bamboo (takes about 2 hours)
    Natural Christmas Tree Decorations: 
Make a twig star or glittery pine cone or …

Keep warm with a hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows as you walk around the site together.
As dusk falls, the mushroom houses appear, how many can you see?
TICKETS
£3 for anyone over 4 years old.
Family ticket £10

Free for Garden members and holders of Family Activity Annual Pass
[ticket prices are a contribution to covering our charity’s costs for this and other events]

On Saturday 16th December come and join in the grand finale. A Community Lantern Parade …
Take part or just watch…there’s lights, a surprise performance, fun and free hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows.

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The magic is starting

Sunday is the first of our four enchanting afternoons in the Gardens

Over the last two days the willow and lighting gnomes … aka artist Sophie Handy and her hardy crew, have been busy making our wionderful garden into an evening delight.

Come along in the afternoon tomorrow, make some easy lanterns form tissue willow and twigs and then …. as the sun goes down, and the light begins to fade…the mushroom village begins to appear. Take you lantern and explore the Garden, follow the paths find the mushroom village… some of them seem to be having a party, others are cosily tucked up…

Wander back have a hot chocolate and toast a marshmallow or two over our firepit and cut back to the the visitor centre via the glowing gnomes and dragonfly.

Join for one or four afternoons of fun… see here for more (4 dates 26 nov, 2nd Dec, 10 dec and 16th Dec

£3 for everyone over 4years old (including crafts and lanterns)

£10 families

Free for Garden members and Family Activity Annual Pass holders

 

 

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The Strawberry Tree

  The Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo) is a easy tree or shrub to identify, having both flowers and fruit present at the same time. The strawberry (or I think more like lychee) like fruit take up to a year to ripen, so as last year’s fruits turn red, the flowers that will form next year’s fruit start to appear. The fruit is said to be edible, although not very tasty, which may be hinted at in it’s Latin name ‘unedo‘; coming from unum edo ‘I eat one’ – meaning after you have eaten one you wouldn’t want another one? Having not yet tried one I couldn’t say! Which is good news for the birds, leaving plenty of fruit for them to feast on during the colder months.

A member of the Ericaceae family of plants, most commonly known as heather, the flowers bear a strong resemblance to those of heathers, with bell-like downward facing flowers in small clusters.

You may have also seen this plant in a well known Morris & Co. design, used in fabrics and wallpapers where you can clearly see the red fruits and white flowers.

Have a wander down to the Lower Wilderness to have a closer look at these interesting plants.

 

 

 

 

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Volunteering at our Lantern Events 2017

We are looking for willing volunteers to be Stewards and servers of hot chocolate and marshmallows to visitors at our upcoming Lantern Festival!

Here are some descriptions of the roles available (including other roles.)

The Gardens are largely staffed by volunteers and we’re looking forward to putting on this great family oriented series of events this month.

Volunteering will provide practical, rewarding experience of events management and organisation that will look excellent on a CV. Its a great way of giving something to a local community and a great group thing to be involved with. Travel expenses to and from the Gardens are also covered.

Volunteers MUST be available on one or (preferably) more of: Sunday 26th November, Saturday 2nd December, Sunday 10th December, Saturday 16th December as well as a training day, likely the 24th of November but relatively flexible.

There are some indoor roles, but you must also be comfortable working out of doors, working in the dark, directing visitors, and serving drinks. We will provide training , Hi Viz jackets, warming drinks and smiles :-)).

If you are interested please click the google form here http://bit.ly/2AWUaHz   to fill in your details and preferences.

Thank you! Please share with your friends  

Volunteer Teams -Brief role description

Hot chocolate servers and marshmallow toasters
Served from the GreenHouse  3.30pm – 5.45pm  each public day.
Sold on 3 days and given away (tokens) on the last day.
Tasks

·         Serve and take money for hot chocolate (instant)
·         Supervise outdoor firepit (small) and toasting marshmallows
·         Keep a track of supplies, safety and cleanliness
·         Source and tidy marshmallow sticks (twigs and barbecue)
·         Help families toast their own mallows.
·         Clear up during and at end of session

Stewards/site guides
Meet and Greets and Safety

·         Wearing hi viz jackets to welcome and point people in the right direction as the light fades.
·         Stationed at specific points around the garden to ensure people don’t get lost, miss out. etc
·         Able to readjust basic parts of the display if necessary.

Stewards/Gardens Ambassadors (for Stewards who like to talk)

Helping visitors understand what we have to offer as a whole and helping us raise more money
·         Provide info verbally – for the day and other activities
·         Get informal feedback
·         Take emails
·         Talk about memberships, events, activities and volunteering
·         Distribute 2 for 1 and free chocolate tickets as needed

 

Lantern makers and craft helpers   (INDOORS 12.30 -4ish )
·         Help families during the public days to make lanterns, decorate glass jar lanterns and to make twig stars and glitter cones.
·         Prep and tidy up

Site preparation and care (Fridays before the events)

Keeping it all looking pretty and safe -Various types of roles.
·         Checking lights/cables are safe
·         Replacing items and tidying after weather or public has displaced
·         Ensuring the ‘look’ of the installation is maintained (a bit of set dressing naus)
·         Replenishing supplies
·         Cleaning /drying seats etc
·         Making sure signs are in the right place.
·         Rubbish bins replaced etc etc
·         Clear paths, make safe etc
·         Looking after bits of garden – safe from public and safe for public
·         Maintain standard of presentation

Car park duties

Control and management of parking entry and exit, keeping everyone safe with special attention ‘cos of dark
(Training in teams essential)

Click the google form here http://bit.ly/2AWUaHz   to fill in your details and preferences.

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Draw the Gardens … relaxed drawing sessions

Like to draw? Join us for our new monthly relaxed drawing sessions with our artists in residence.

From 1.30 -3.30, on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, artists from the Birmingham Society of Botanical Artists will be in the Gardens drawing and recording our lovely plants.

Anyone can join them for a no hassle, not pressure drawing session – whatever your ability.

As the seasons progress BSBA will record the life cycle of our plants… why not come and have a go yourself. They will be pleased to advise and support… or just leave you to your own devices.

Bring your own materials or take advantage of some basic pen and paper we’ll provide.

Normal entry fees apply but materials and support are free

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Free Community Lantern Making workshops

Help make our enchanted mushroom lantern village for Christmas in the Gardens.

We’re working with artist Sohpie Handy to make 100 little mushroom houses from willow and tissue paper.

Spend a couple of hours with your friends of family learning and making with Sophie.  Your creations will go into the Gardens to help make a magical, illuminated woodland walk ready for our weekends before Christmas. Be part of making it special for all our visitors – young and old, local and from further afield…Our mushroom village houses will be popping up all over the Garden … #wegrowtogether.

the woodland walk will be open for at least 4 special weekend days in December.. culminating in a Community Lantern Parade on the 16th December.

Mushroom makers’ who help on these making workshop days will get free refreshments on the day and, as a thank you, a token for free hot chocolate and marshmallows in our community Lantern Parade on 16th Dec.

It takes about 2-3 hours to make the lanterns, and its probably best for children over 7years old .

Pop in on the days .. or contact us here for more info, or if your group can come another time

A great family, club or class event. These workshops are free.

(entrance to the lantern events and walk weekend days is £3)

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