Growing Connections June 2018

It’s wonderful weather for gardening so please do come and join in some Growing Connections activities here at St Luke’s! And don’t forget your sun-cream!

Growing Connections is a 3-year project funded by the National Lottery which aims to promote health and well-being, teach people new skills and bring people together through gardening.

  • St Luke’s Gardening Group – every Tuesday, 2-3.30pm. First Floor Terrace or inside if it’s cold or wet (please ask reception where the group is)

A friendly and welcoming group open to everyone and focusing on teaching a variety of horticultural skills. Even if you don’t want to do any gardening please join us for a chat or for tea and biscuits at the end of the session.

Focus for June will be keeping our pots looking good throughout the summer. This means regular watering and feeding and good pest control. We’ll be filling in gaps in our display and also thinking ahead and sowing seeds for plants which will flower next year (aquilegia, wallflowers, foxgloves). Towards the end of the month we’ll start taking soft wood cuttings such as lavender, penstemons and fuchsias.

For more information please contact Catherine on [email protected]

  • St Luke’s Food Growers – every Thursday, 2-3.30pm. Meet in the Edible Yard at the back of the building

This group is also open to anybody and focuses on growing a variety of food plants from around the world. Activities for the sessions in June include training and feeding tomatoes, planting out squash, beans and cucumbers, weed identification and what do weeds tell us about the soil.

For more information please contact Marco on [email protected] or 07951 039 113.

  • Seasonal Vegetable Cookery Class, Wednesday 20 June, 11am-1pm

A monthly class focusing on creating dishes out of seasonal ingredients led by local chef and teacher Julia Chalkley. 

Carried forward from last month in June we will be focusing on baking with herbs – using a variety of herbs from the Edible Yard to create a mixture of sweet and savoury cakes including mini chive & dill scones and raspberry and tarragon tea loaf! Please join us to make and then enjoy sampling some unusual, healthy and tasty creations!

The class costs only £2.50 including lunch. Places must be booked in advance at St Luke’s reception.

  • Sunset Social Gardening - Monday 25 June, 6.30-9pm

Please join us for some relaxed after-work gardening - a great opportunity to relax after work, boost your wellbeing and meet other local people. Garden cocktails and nibbles will be provided for a small donation. There will also be the chance to take part in some botanical art activities. There are a limited number of places for this session and advance booking is required so that we know how many people to expect and cater for.

For more information or to book a place please contact Marco on [email protected] or 07951 039 113.