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Popes win prizes

Judah (1st in the flower arranging) and Nick (3rd prize cake!)
Judah (1st in the flower arranging) and Nick (3rd prize cake!)



This is my brother Nick and his son Judah. Now, this is a man who prior to recent years was rarely seen to eat a vegetable let alone grow or cook one - and yesterday he took third prize in the cake competition made with his own home-grown carrots! I sadly walked away from the flower arranging empty handed despite (IMHO) a very nice (home grown) Dahlia number ... I was beaten by Judah - my own Nephew ... I had no sway on the judges despite taking notes for them.

Topics: [competitions] [Harvest Festival]

Harvest Festival - A Triumph

Gary & team serve lunch to an appreciative queue
Gary & team serve lunch to an appreciative queue



Massive congratulation to all the Friends of Abbey Gardens for a fantastic event on Saturday for the Harvest Festival. We had about 110 visitors I think, a busy cake stall, lots of produce and seeds 'sold' from the honesty stall, live music and some seriously good food - all straight from the garden and cooked by FOAG member Gary with his partner Elizabetta joining forces with George and Jason as chef's assistants.

I really enjoyed the whole day ... except maybe for the competition judging ... 

Topics: [Harvest Festival]

Double Date




Obviously if you're reading our blog and you're free on Saturday you are most likely to be coming to our Harvest Festival (!) but for any of you who are super keen to visit gardens in the capital, tomorrow is the last chance to see the temporary garden the Union Street Urban Orchard near London Bridge.

Their approach is very different to our own 'slow gardening' ethos but the two sites would make a very interesting double day out. Rather conveniently their event begins just about at the end of ours!

Getting ready for the big day ...

Hamish & Gary with the produce for Saturday
Hamish & Gary with the produce for Saturday



We harvested a lot of the produce for the Harvest Festival yesterday evening - here's Gary about to take it all away to prepare - no mean feat! 

Topics: [Harvest Festival]

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