See it, grow it, taste it

Edgbaston gardens announce annual spring event.

A gardening workshop, live music, Tai Chi workshop and children’s wildlife and craft activities are some of the treats in store for visitors to Martineau Gardens annual spring event on Sunday 11th May, from 11am –3pm. 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 from Carlo Mahalo and the G Strings Ukulele band, East by South-East, Ingrid’s Accordions and the Moseley Village Band.

The Honey Stall with its demonstration bee hive will show the importance of bees role in pollinating crops and 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. 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.

There’s plenty of fun planned for the children. Younger visitors will enjoy wildlife activities with the RSPB, getting creative with clay in the pottery studio, drop in story sessions with Barefoot Books  and playing in the Shipwreck play area.

Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnics, but there will be 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 teeming with wildlife. There’s plenty to enjoy, including woodland, glass houses, formal gardens, orchard, vegetable plots, wildflower meadow, a nature trail, a bird hide and more.

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 buy 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 on Sunday 11th May, 11am – 3pm at 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