See It, Grow It, Taste It!

Martineau Gardens Spring Event, Edgbaston

Martineau Gardens play area through the Spring MeadowA gardening workshop, baking in an earth oven plus live music and children’s wildlife activities are some of the treats in store for visitors to Martineau Gardens annual spring event on Sunday 12 May, from 11am – 3pm, organised in partnership with Local Food Global Food.

The organically maintained Community Garden is holding a family friendly fete to encourage visitors to enjoy an afternoon relaxing in the Gardens whilst getting inspired to  ‘Grow their Own’.

There will be live music and performances from Carlo Mahalo and the G Strings Ukalele band, Ingrid’s Accordions and Black Adder Morris Dancers.

Younger visitors will enjoy making apple bird feeders with Open Air Laboratories (OPAL), play with clay in the pottery studio, learn how to make flatbreads in the Earth Oven or join in with a Morris Dancing workshop. The Honey Stall with its demonstration bee hive will show the importance of bees role in pollinating crops.

Gardeners will enjoy the opportunity to stock up on Martineau Gardens’ Spring herbaceous plants and compost. Garden experts will be on hand to answer gardening questions and selling plants grown at the Gardens. There will also be a gardening workshop demonstrating how to prick out seedlings. Freshly-cut vegetables and salads will be for sale and Plant Heritage (the Garden Plant Conservation Charity) will be selling a selection of their plants.

Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnics, but there will be delicious home-made cakes, salads and sandwiches and other refreshments on sale in the Pavilion. The Gardens, though only two miles from Birmingham city centre are a green oasis that is teeming with wildlife. There’s plenty to enjoy, including woodland, glass houses, formal gardens, orchard, vegetable plots,  wildflower meadows and a ‘Shipwreck’ children’s play area.

Caroline Hutton, Director of Martineau Gardens said: “This event is all about having fun in the Garden – you’ll be able to see vegetables growing in situ, attend  a gardening workshop and eat some of the Gardens’ produce, all to the sounds of birdsong and live music. Hopefully we will inspire people to ‘see it, grow it and taste it’ at home too.”

The Spring Event takes place at Martineau Gardens, 27 Priory Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B5 7UG.

Admission is £3 (non-members), £1(concessions), families £6 (maximum two adults) and free to members.

Located five minutes from the MAC and opposite the Priory Hospital.

There are parking spaces available on site or the Gardens are served by buses 1, 45, 47, 61, 63, or X64. More details are available by calling 0121 440 7430 or logging onto