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Want to get down to earth?

Want to get down to earth? Then get to Emmanuel wildlife garden, off  Chalford Road, West Dulwich on the last Wednesday afternoon (2-4pm) of every month. Norwood Wildlife team created a garden on a patch between Emmanuel, a Parish Church, and their neighbours 12yrs ago and have recently returned it to its original purpose with the help of Church members.  The main garden is an orchard of wild fruit trees, crab apple, cherry, plum (and soon pear) to feed the birds.  Around it is a hawthorn hedge with cow parsley and other hedgerow plants. At the entrance to the area stands a magnificent Rowan tree underplanted with primroses, dog violets and wild grape hyacinths and a long bed nearby is a showpiece for bigger subjects such as teasel, burdock and thistles. John Cotter, the Norwood team leader, says beginners will be welcome and he hopes they will go on to work on the team’s main project, Norwood Park’s Country Walk, a winding path across 3 acres which have been planted with most of the trees and …

Easter Egg and Flower Tree

Impress your friends and family this Easter with these adorable chocolate egg and flower trees. Use as place settings or as a centrepiece… they won’t last long as the tree is entirely edible! You will need: White marzipan Cooking chocolate – I used dark, but milk or white would also work Mini eggs – I used traditional Cadburys Sugar flowers Pink tissue paper A small glass vase or votive Edible glitter to finish Step 1 – break your cooking chocolate into small pieces, place in a Tupperware container and melt in the microwave. Step 2 – tear a piece of your tissue paper and place in your vase or votive Step 3 – mould your marzipan into a ball and place on the top of the vase. Step 4 – using the melted chocolate as glue, work around the marzipan ball with the eggs and flowers to create your tree. Step 5 – finish with a dusting of edible glitter. You have created a total unique pretty Egg tree. Hide them so they don’t get …

Garden Talk: In praise of cherry blossom

There’s nothing prettier than pink cherry blossom against a clear blue sky – a sign winter is behind us and spring is here. Most cherries flower from March to May and there’s a type of blossom to suit all tastes from delicate, single blooms to blousy doubles, in whites and the palest pinks to bright candy floss pink. Cherries are a great choice of tree for London gardens as many varieties don’t get too big and the foliage colours beautifully in autumn giving another season of interest. Here are 10 of the best: Pale pink Prunus ‘Pink Shell’ A small, elegant tree with spreading branches and delicate single, pale pink flowers – a lovely contrast to the light green leaves. This is one of the prettiest cherries and widely available. 4m. Prunus ‘Kojo-no-mai’ A compact cherry tree/shrub – with delicate very pale pink flowers and wonderful autumn foliage. Ideal for containers. 2.5m Prunus ‘Accolade’ A graceful spreading tree with a cloud of large pastel pink semi-double flowers in April/May. It also has smooth reddish brown bark and …

Dulwich Society Garden Group Spring Gardens Talk

The Dulwich Society Garden Group’s spring talk on 22nd March will be given by Troy Scott Smith, the Head Gardener at Sissinghurst Castle Garden since 2013. Before his move to Sissinghurst, Troy was Head Gardener at Bodnant in North Wales, another celebrated National Trust garden. Troy’s talk, “Sissinghurst – revitalising Vita”, will tell us about the 7-year project that he and his team are carrying out to revitalise the garden, bringing about a more authentically Vita Sissinghurst – a celebration of beauty, romance, intimacy and emotion. After the talk there will be an opportunity to meet Troy over a glass of wine. Tickets are £10 each (including a glass of wine) and may be purchased through www.eventbrite.co.uk (search “Dulwich Society”), or by sending a cheque payable to the “Dulwich Society” and SAE to Jeremy Prescott, 142 Court Lane, London SE21 7EB. Dulwich Society Garden Group Spring gardens talk Troy Scott Smith on “Sissinghurst – revitalising Vita” 7.30pm on Thursday 22nd March 2018 Lecture Theatre, Alleyn’s School, Townley Road, London SE22 8SU SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave

Midcentury Modern

“Their shows are literally a shoppers paradise whether you’re looking for collectable one-offs or small gift items. Get a ticket for the next show now!” Michelle Mason, designer and shop owner, Mason & Painter Expect an electic mix of some of the UK’s favourite new contemporaries and top midcentury experts at this celebrated show in association with Elle Decoration and Camper. Line your walls with original travel, film posters and artwork both modern and midcentury. Dress the home office with furniture, lighting and rugs, buy presents for your nearest and dearest including some stunning glass pieces and midcentury or modern jewellery. Furnish your home with midcentury and modern desks, tables, sofas and sideboards in this one stop shop that will have your eyes out on stalks. Read all about the latest designers at the show. Buy £9 early bird or 2 for £10 afternoon tickets and find out more about the show. £10 on door all day. While we are happy for you to bring babies/children to this adult interiors show. We ask you to put all …