This week in the gardens,

It’s time to set up our Christmas gift table in the Upper Greenhouse!  We have foodie treats, plants and Christmas decorations to display.  If you would like to help with set up or with selling things, please let Kate know on  Kate is going to set the table up on Friday 16th November in the morning but people are needed to keep the table replenished, looking good and to sell things to our visitors over the coming weeks and we would love your help!

On Saturday 1st December and Sunday 2nd December, we are running market stalls in the day time. Saturday is at Herne Hill market, Sunday is in Brockwell Hall with Friends of Brockwell Park.  If you can help at either of these, again let Kate know. It would be great if you can come along even if only for a few hours!

With the recent heavy rains and diminishing temperatures there has been heavy leaf fall so we will continue to be lively with our brooms and sweep up leaves to go into our leaf cages.  In 2 to 3 years we will have excellent leaf mould to mulch our beds,  lock in moisture and suppress unwanted weed growth.

We have had some excellent wood chip delivered which we can use on our paths.

Have you noticed our delicious physalis berries ripening in the upper greenhouse?  Do have a taste – they are potted up, all along the right hand side as you enter. They look like the decorative Chinese lanterns you might be familiar with.  Pull back the papery sepals and inside you will see the delicious orange fruits.  Physalis are also known as Golden Berries, Inca Berries, or Cape Gooseberries. They are often used to decorate mousses and puddings.  They belong to the Solanaceae family and if you can spot their flowers, you will recognise a similar look to fellow Solanaceae family members: tomatoes and potatoes.

In other BPCG news, 

Your elected trustees are meeting tonight in the first meeting of the new term. The agenda for this meeting is here

Dye Plants – Our resident expert Diane Sullock is running a practical workshop on growing dye plants Sunday 18th November at 12.00.  You will be able to help plan, grow and develop dye plants in the dye beds both in the herb garden and in the lower garden. Diane also welcomes helpers on her regular day, Thursdays.   The Sunday 18th workshop is free but Book here

Also on Sunday 18th November, you will find young engineers from Arup working to erect their beautifully designed wooden canopy over our Decking Platform in the Lower Garden.

On Thursday 22nd November, Jelena Belgrave has very kindly offered to run a volunteer workshop on Fermenting. You will learn how to make Kimchi, Sauerkraut and Kefir.  If you would like to join this workshop, please let Kate know on The workshop will run from 11 to 2. Please bring along 3 glass jars with you. We will provide the veg.

Jelena is a trained macrobiotic and wholefoods chef with a passion for fermentation.  Jelena has run very popular Family Fermentation workshops for children at the Greenhouses.  This time it’s the grown ups’ turn! Jelena is running a further fundraising Fermenting Workshop on Sunday 25th November between 11.30am and 2.30pm.  Book here

Our Wreath workshops are coming up! We have got very enthusiastic and scheduled three. We will be making wreaths and table centre piece decorations.  If you are pruning back for winter and come across attractive seed heads and foliage that will dry well and look good on a wreath or in a table decoration, please do bring it up to the greenhouses. Think hydrangea flower heads, allium seed heads, honesty seed heads, Chinese lanterns, eucalyptus foliage, any conifer cones – this sort of thing.  And if you have any bits and bobs of ribbons, coloured wires and other random decorative Christmassy twiddles like chillies that you’d like to clear out and you think would look good on our wreath or table piece, the greenhouses are the place to bring them.

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And if you incline more to bricks and mortar than Christmas wreaths, why not join the Renovate! Team on 25th November 10am to 1pm when Chris, Andy, David and Rolanas are getting down and dirty renovating our lower greenhouses.

And last but not least! We will be having a Christmas Party 14th December 6pm to 8pm

Come along to the Greenhouses for carol singing, drinks and cakes on Friday 14th December 6pm to 8pm. Any extra edible/drinkable goodies you can bring will be very welcome but we will also get mulling and baking! Those who wish to can head on down to the Prince Regent afterwards….RSVP please so we know numbers.