Abbey Gardens viewed from the Webcam

Star of the show ...

Dasha & Andreas with the new honesty stall. Photo: Nina Pope
Dasha & Andreas with the new honesty stall. Photo: Nina Pope

The real high point of the weekend was the arrival of our FANTASTIC new honesty stall, designed by Andreas Lang of Public Works and also one of the founders of the Friends of Abbey Gardens. We immediately stocked it on arrival and it made a brilliant focus at the entrance (also with new gate!) to the garden.

Open Garden Squares

Team FOAG! Photo: Tim Olden
Team FOAG! Photo: Tim Olden

I love the photo of 'team FOAG' from the Open Garden Squares weekend. We had about 100 visitors across the two days. Some were familiar faces but quite a few were new locals finding us for the first time. A handful of folk also came from much further afield via the bigger scheme.

Dasha did us proud with a dill and broad bean pilaf making the most of the first real harvest of the season.

Summer Fair

The view from our new solar & wind powered webcam
The view from our new solar & wind powered webcam

We had a very busy Summer Fair today as our first day of Open Garden Squares weekend : we're the only site in Newham, we have enough tea and cake to feed most of the borough and a brand new honesty stall & webcam (see opposite!) come down on Sunday and visit. We're open 10 -5, free entry and all welcome!

Yet more visitors ...?

Don't forget this weekend is your chance to visit too!

Come and enjoy Abbey Gardens for the Friends of Abbey Gardens Summer Fair on Saturday 12 June, midday - 4pm

Bring a picnic, take a tour, buy plants for your garden, see the FOAG nature and wildlife photography exhibition, taste our first produce. We'll be serving teas, coffees and cakes. At 2pm there will be speeches celebrating the completion of the Community Spaces grant which has funded repairs to our fence and gate, new grass, fruit trees, honesty stall, sustainable energy provision and many other useful things for the garden.

If you can't make the picnic we're actually open all weekend as we're also taking part in Open Garden Squares, a London-wide event on 12 and 13 June. 10am - 5pm on both days.

More visitors

... Antje and Fernando weren't the only people to visit last week - the day began with the cyclists from West Ham church starting their Abbey to Abbey ride.

Something Understood a favourite BBC Radio 4 programme of mine. Here's an interesting edition on the appeal of gardens and gardening, on the iPlayer here


We had a really good day at the garden this Saturday - lots of regulars working to get the site up to scratch for next weekend plus a very nice surprise visit from artists Antje Schiffers (from Germany) and Fernando GarcĂ­a-Dory from Spain, both were over in the UK for the Grizedale Arts Late at Tate event.

Open Garden Squares Weekend & Summer Fair

We're excited to announce that Abbey Gardens is taking part in Open Garden Squares Weekend, a London-wide event on 12 and 13 June, we are open 10 - 5 both days. We will be the first garden to open in Newham! Visit for more information.

As part of this weekend the Friends of Abbey Gardens will be holding a Summer Fair on the Saturday afternoon (12 June from midday to 4pm) and hosting a giant picnic. There won't be so much produce to eat yet from the garden (unless you REALLY like radishes!) so we would like to ask everyone to bring their own picnic and hopefully we will enjoy a nice early summer day in the garden. There will be a plant sale, a photography exhibition by the Friends of Abbey Gardens, garden tours by Karen, Hamish & I, children's games and, of course, the ever popular tea and cake stall.

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