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Chris Smith

Chris Smith (co-Chair)

Chris

Chris is Co-Chair of the charity and has been gardening for 50 years. His horticultural interests have been many and varied over that time. An adventurous gardener by nature, he was converted to exotics in 1993 by Christopher Lloyd and been growing Cannas, Bananas and Gingers ever since. More recently he’s been interested in the new perennial movement. Chris likes ornamentals and rhizomatous plants as well as exotic medicinal and culinary herbs and vegetative propagation and supports the Community Gardener’s activities in these areas in the greenhouses and around the garden.

Chris leads the Border Workshop and the Greenhouse Exhibition Groups as well as managing all the fire on the site and training our firemasters. He also leads Community Baking and the Pizza Team.

Chris has a background as a senior manager and entrepreneur in telecoms and retail and is also a qualified teacher.

March 2019

Renovate!

March 31 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses, Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses
LONDON, - none - SE24 0PA United Kingdom

We are gradually renovating our Lower Greenhouse which was built in 1981 and needs a bit more than annual tlc. This month we’ll be fixing guttering to the south west wall, recoating the cold frame and tops as well as shortening the spars, cleaning the inside of the glass and marking up the panes that are to be replaced as well as numbering every pane in the greenhouse Arrive when you can and work as long (or short) as you…

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April 2019

Cooking with Fire

April 7 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses, Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses
LONDON, - none - SE24 0PA United Kingdom

Learn how to light and soak our cob oven and then use it to cook pizza, bake bread, roast vegetable and cook long and slow. Getting to oven up to temperature and soaking the heat through the entire oven takes around 5 hours for Pizza temperatures of over 500°C and around 4 hours for baking bread at around 360°C. You might therefore think that this is slow food but actually, cooking a pizza at that temperature take around 2 minutes.…

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Let’s Make a Kitchen Garden in 10 Easy Steps – session 6

April 14 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses, Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses
LONDON, - none - SE24 0PA United Kingdom

The kitchen garden or potager has been a staple of working peoples’ gardens for centuries. The kitchen garden uses plants grown from seed and intensive growing techniques to produce salads, greens, vegetables, fruits, seeds, edible flowers and flowers for cutting. We’ll be following the #no-dig method pioneered by Charles Dowding. You can make a kitchen garden in a couple of window boxes, a balcony or patch outside your back door or your whole garden or allotment. We’re going to be…

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