Friday, 6 September 2013

It's on SUNDAY!!!!

Many thanks to our friends at The Nottingham Post for the article on Musters Road Open Gardens in the Monday edition of the paper.

Not so many thanks for printing that it's taking place on Saturday!

Please come to see us and our 15 beautiful gardens from 2 pm on SUNDAY 8 September.

Please don't come on Saturday because all you will find is several bedraggled and exhausted gardeners, frantically weeding and primping their gardens (and most definitely NOT hurriedly planting last minute dahlias in full flower, just purchased from the garden centre, in a pathetic attempt to bring some colour into their drought-ridden herbaceous borders).

See you SUNDAY!

Thursday, 5 September 2013

The Good Health Garden - 200 Musters Road

A hive of activity you can say; members of the West Bridgford Skills exchange, The Abundance Project Totally Locally and local residents have been dropping off apples for the apple pressing on Sunday,
lavender bags (with lavender donated by the nearby allotments) have been made a local coffee group.
Black berries and red currants appeared on the door step today, which are now bubbling away to make redcurrant jelly and blackberry cordial, cough syrups and totally locally fruity babies (as opposed to jelly babies)

Local artist Cara Holland designed a pictorial treasure hunt, to match 12 common  ailments with the remedies from the garden.  Come and find out what herb tea can help with your sore throat, stings and baldness.  

Thank you Kate for organizing the Open Gardens, so many people are looking forward to getting stuck in and raise funds for the Friary Drop In centre; 

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

200 Musters Road - Musters Road ‘Physic Garden' Healing starts in the garden.

Calls have been coming in to The Abundance Group 'HQ' to say that apples in the area are dropping fast.
Pickers, ladders and crates to the ready as we are off to collect the apples to press for juice at the Open Gardens.

Members of the West Bridgford Skills Exchange: have volunteered in droves to come and help, wash, clean, peel and press so that any of you who would like the fresh taste of Muster Road's abundance, can visit 200 and experience the abundance our gardens give us, be that a refreshing apple juice  or jams, cordials, and fruit sweeties made for you beforehand.

Aromatherapist, Anne Turner- Harrod has used plants from the garden to make soaps and massage oils. For those of you who would like a hand massage or hand made products like bees wax lip balm (from bees out of this garden) feel free to take a few minutes out of your visit and spoil yourself. Proceeds will go to the Friary Drop in Center.

Herbalist: Katherine Bellchambers-Wilson will be on hand to
point out the healing properties and uses of common trees, shrubs, fruit and vegetables.

Hoping that when you leave this garden, you are inspired through body and soul

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Update ....

So, here we are .... two and a half weeks to go and can the gardens hold out until 8 September after this crazy year of alternating ice age/heat wave?  Here's hoping!

This year at Musters Road Open Gardens we are delighted that there will be 15 garden venues for you to enjoy - 13 private gardens, the children's gardens at Jesse Gray Primary School and The Friary's allotments on Kingston Road. 

Of the 4 new private gardens joining us this year, one is particularly interesting - it's an urban permaculture garden with many sustainable features, including the on site management of all rainfall. 4 green roofs are used for experimental food growing. This small permaculture garden is dedicated to organic food production and biodiversity - even the poo from the bunnies is used to fertilise the green beds! The owners think they have invented the first horizontal water butt and planter combo - they look forward to visitors sharing their own ingenious inventions.

We very much hope you will be able to join us on 8 September, between 2-6 pm, to check out this and our other Open Gardens - not to mention the Local History Walk, Human Jukebox, Physic Garden with on site herbalist ........ and TWO (count 'em) tea venues.  You will not go hungry.

Urban permaculture garden:

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Ready Steady Weed!

Back from holiday, so starting to get the garden ready for opening on the 8th September

Some colour with the crocosmias - hope it's going to last.

Some massive squash - we're not sure what variety.

One of our scented geraniums.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Announcement of This Year's Event

The Musters Road Open Garden's event will be on Sunday 8th September between 2pm and 6pm.

Entry will cost the same as last year - £3 per person / £5 per couple - children are free!