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Invasion of the Giant Flowers … half term activities

Did you shrink or did the flowers just grow?

Wander amongst our beautiful towering plants over 4 metres tall – they’re crocheted!

This May half term join in the festival atmosphere with our Alice in Wonderland sized installation… All week from Bank Holiday Monday (29th May) through to Friday (June 2nd) we’ll also running family friendly activities around our flower theme.

  • Add a pompom flower to our woolly field and make some pom pom bees to fly amongst them.
  • Help us build giant bug hotel and learn how to make your own mini-beastie hotel at home.

    http://www.wildaboutgardens.org.uk/thingstodo/inaweekend/bug-mansion.aspx
    credit: Sue Tatman & RHShome.
  • And why not construct a giant birds nest for the little ones to snuggle up in.
  • Little green fingers can also help us plant up our Jack and the Giant Beanstalk runner bean tunnel… plant now and come back to play in the tunnel over summer.

The giant flowers are here all week and weekend (Sunday to Saturday), the family activities are Monday to Friday.

Family Friendly sessions + entry to the Gardens £2 (for anyone over 5 years old)

Family Activities Annual Pass holders: FREE

NB Normal entry prices for non-family groups

 

Family Activities 12- 3pm Monday to Friday

Gardens open Saturday 27th – Sunday 4th

Bonnet, Eggs and Circuses for Easter

Saturday April 15th: The day for our traditional Easter Bonnet Parade for all you young creative makers out there – let your imagination go! Prizes for all ages

Also this year: Egg hunts, crafts,  face painting by Rowan (Glittercreep) & circus skills for all the family with CircusMash – juggling those eggs, plate spinning and tightwire (weather dependent).

Normal entrance fees: £4.50/£ 4 (plus Gift Aid), children £1, under 5s free

Family Activities Annual Pass holders -free

Potato Day

Plant. Grow. Eat. Paint. Create. Spend the day learning all about spuds!

Our mission is to get people growing – and tasting – their own healthy fresh spuds. Let us show you how and take home your own growing kit. And guess what, you don’t need a garden to grow your own fabulously tasty fresh potatoes.

Come along to the Gardens on Saturday 1st April for a fun and informative potato day.

  • Discover the red, white, and blue potatoes we’re planting
  • Find out how to grow potatoes in a bag on your back porch, take one away to try yourself (one free per family)
  • Grab a spade and join in our veg-patch-plant-up
  • Make a potato man
  • Have fun spud printing
  • Hear from the potato experts and more

Join for this exciting day all about creating with spuds, 12:30 – 4:30pm at the Gardens.

£4.50/£4 for adults, (plus gift aid) £1 for children, Under 5’s free

Garden Member discount available

Daffodils for Mother’s Day – Herb Box Workshop

We always like to trumpet our lovely daffodils here at the Gardens. 

This Mother’s Day they should be at their best.

Bring Mum for a stroll in the spring sunshine, drink in the bright colours and spot our tiny new native daffodils.

Free cup of tea and piece of homemade cake for the Mom of the group.

We’ll be demonstrating how to pot-up a herb box – why not join in, have a go and take some beautiful fragrant herbs home with you. (costs extra)

We’re open Sunday 26th March 12.30 – 4.30

 

Normal winter entry price to the Gardens.

Family Fun of February!

Looking for a enjoyable and a fun packed day out? There’s a range of simple crafts and creative activities undercover, outdoor woodland play and 10 whole acres of space. The children to run around on while you adults enjoy warm drinks and light snacks in the cafe.

Garden opens 11am – 3:30pm
Activites- 12pm-3pm

Buy tickets on the door.
£2 per person (everyone over 5 accompanied with an adult)
Normal adult entrance £4
Under 5’s are free
Family Day ticket £8 (upto 5 people, include up to 2 adults.)

Family Fun for February!

Looking for a enjoyable and a fun packed day out? There’s a range of simple crafts and creative activities undercover, outdoor woodland play and 10 whole acres of space. The children to run around on while you adults enjoy warm drinks and light snacks in the cafe.

Garden opens 11am – 3:30pm
Activites- 12pm-3pm

Buy tickets on the door.
£2 per person (everyone over 5 accompanied with an adult)
Normal adult entrance £4
Under 5’s are free
Family Day ticket £8 (upto 5 people, include up to 2 adults.)

Flowers from the past

1760 was a long time ago, especially in flower terms.

Plant and garden enthusiasts develop hundreds, if not thousands, of new plant varieties every year. Here at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens we try to grow plants that would have been familiar to the gardeners up till the mid 18th century.

Sometimes, especially with simpler plants and herbs, there has been little change; looking at old drawings and engravings you can easily identify some plants we grow today. Others have been refined and developed far from their origins. Flowerheads are often bred for brighter colours and greater showiness.

Here we try to get a balance between pleasing our 21st century eyes and maintaining a period 17th and 18th century feel.

For our spring displays we have a mix of modern and older daffodils and tulips. This year we are particularly pleased to introduce two stunning early flowers both as it happens, supplied to us by Thomas Etty Esq. of Somerset.

narcissus-poeticus-plenus-alba-odoratus

The narcissus poeticus albus plenus odoratus was probably around before 1590 and sometimes is called the double Pheasants Eye or Gardenia-flowered narcissus. It’s all white (albus) with a full and ‘plentiful’ centre (plenus) and very fragrant (odoratus). We hope you will find it peeping over some of our box hedges on the North Border. On a sunny day you may even smell it  before you see it.

The second reintroduction is of tulipa sylvestris. Thomas Etty describes it as

“Violet scented almond-shaped lemon yellow flowers in mid April. Naturalises well in grass. Said, bywoodland tulip some, to have first travelled to these shores attached upon the roots of grape vines brought from Italy by the Romans.”

Although ‘sylvestris’ suggests a woodland setting, we will plant them on the sloping bank
behind the Holly Walk, alongside the cowslips, primroses and daffodils. Magical!

 

 

The Big Draw with Birmingham Society of Botanical Artists

A drop-in day for everyone.

How does Autumn change our Gardens?

Botanical artists from the BSBA will be on hand to offer tips and tricks 

Autumn ‘fills all fruit with ripeness to the core’ – use our rich store of garden sites to record decay and ‘mellow fruitfulness‘ :apples, seed pods, gourds and hazel shells in abundance.


Beginner or expert join us for a relaxed ‘have a go’ day with members of the Birmingham Society of Botanical Artists on hand to provide advice.

Normal garden entry fees, plus donation for art materials.

See more about the event on the Big Draw site  here

Find out about the Birmingham Society of Botanical Artists by clicking  here

Half Term Family Activities

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 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)

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.

bats-web(NB we have various garden grown pumpkins for sale … until they’re gone)

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

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