Veggie Heaven! Picnic Afternoon
This picnic afternoon helped us to celebrate all the delicious veg that has been produced throughout the season on our vegetable beds.
The activities all had a fruit and veg theme. As usual there was something to sow and grow, something crafty to make and a trail around the Garden to find a selection of fabulous edible plants. We were delighted that G&D's ice cream could come and sell their yummy ice cream in the Garden again. They even made a special flavour for us, lemon verbena sorbet - delicious! Thank you to the Friends of the Botanic Garden who kept us refreshed with teas, coffees and delicious cakes. Lastly these afternoons would not be possible without the friendly faces and help provided by our volunteers, a bit 'thank you' to you all. If you'd like to get involved volunteering at the Garden or one of the other University Collections, read all about it here.
Last chance lettuce. This was a last chance to sow some lettuce seeds and enjoy cut and come again lettuce as we head into autumn. As usual we got everyone making their own recycled newspaper plant pots to take away their seeds in.
Clay modeling. Families used special air-hardening clay and sculpted fruit and vegetables to take home and paint when dry.
Veggie Heaven trail highlighted some of the other edible plants found growing around the Garden, including some in the Glasshouses. Families followed Jim the vegetable gardener to see what ingredients he was going to put into his botanical soup!
We were also really pleased to welcome back:
Rand Russell returned with a selection of tales from the Garden, brought alive with an exuberant delivery and clever props.
Nick Cope had everyone 'growing like a seed' and 'taking a walk in the country' with a selection of tunes that all the family can join in with.
Here are a few of our favourite picture from the afternoon:
Download instructions to make your own newspaper pots here
Find out how we sculpted fruit and veg in clay here
Read a report of the picnic afternoon here