The Edible Garden Show, London

EGS logoFor Mother’s Day, my mum and I went to The Edible Garden Show at Alexandra Palace. In the last few years, my mum has really got into gardening – that is, things that she can plant, cook and eat!

Edible Garden SHow

With new roots in London, and now in its fourth year, The Edible Garden Show was the perfect day out, as it is all about championing the ‘grow-your-own’ revolution. Planted at the beginning of the growing season, it aims to inspire and advise all current and would-be growers!

Edible Garden Show

The show was teeming with a variety of exhibitors, with companies selling everything from seeds to watering systems, including cakes, insect houses, bird feeders, boots and herbs. There were organisations on hand to help you with everything from rearing poultry to bee-keeping, as well as wildlife charities you could talk to such as the Woodland Trust and RSPB.

Chickens

As well as exhibitors, there were four demonstration areas – The Potting Shed, The Cookery Theatre, The Experts Theatre, and The Poultry Area, where you could listen to advice from experts.

Cookery Theatre

My mum got to meet TV presenter, James Wong (who was lovely), as he signed copies of his book Homegrown Revolution, and tried to tempt ‘grow-your-owners’ into exploring more exotic edibles.

Whilst my mum loved the unusual black tomato plants and magazine goody bags from Garden Answers, my show / exhibitor highlights were:

  • Bradgate Woodcraft, who, as well as crafting amazing hardwood chopping boards and knife blocks, incorporate gorgeous miniature wooden mice into all of their designs
  • the edible flower shop, who sell packs of edible flowers; I’ve long admired dishes, drinks and desserts that incorporate edible flowers – they look fantastic!
  • the little round cake company, who made the most amazing miniature tiered cakes that both looked and tasted awesome!
  • PoultryTalk.com, a non-profit organisation whose staff had a genuine interest in helping people learn about poultry. They had an interactive display featuring fluffy day-old chicks!

Daffodils

Whilst I currently live in a flat with no garden, the show made me think about ways that I can introduce greenery indoors, as well as about the sort of garden I’d like to grow in the future.

As for my mum, I’m sure she’ll be back next year!

‘Roger the Gnome’ Mother’s Day Card

A long time ago I randomly painted a gnome at my parents’ house, and named him Roger. He’s lived there ever since and is quite a well-known guy, often introduced to guests over dinner.

With Mother’s Day approaching, I wanted to make a personalised card but was lacking inspiration. But then I spied Roger, and an idea struck! Here’s Roger in his heyday in the garden:

Roger the Painted Gnome

To make the card, I free-handed Roger in pencil, and coloured him in with bright colouring pencils. Eventually I settled on sticking him on green card with a 3D ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ banner!

Gnome Mother's Day Card

I was being a bit of a perfectionist whilst making this card, complaining to my sister that my first attempt ‘looked like a child had done it’, only for my sister to reply, ‘but you are her child!’

As mum is a bit of a grow-a-holic (tomatoes and the like), we went to The Edible Garden Show in London for Mother’s Day – ‘the ultimate grow-your-own event’. It was a really lovely day out!

If you’re reading this mum, Happy Mother’s Day! With love from Rog and me! x

Inspiration: Clay Craft DIY Projects

Beware. I’ve gone and got myself a pack of DAS air dry clay. I’ve never crafted with clay before, so this could either go really well, or really, really badly. As with all of my craft projects, I wouldn’t dream of getting started without a scout around for inspiration, and boy did I find some!

Clay Craft Projects

Check out the tutorials here:

1. DIY Handmade ‘New Home’ Clay Pots, Say Yes | 2. DIY Clay Nursery MobileCreature Comforts | 3. DIY Clay Garden Marker, Wit & Whistle | 4. Imprinted Clay Bowls, Camille Styles

Not all of these projects use air dry clay – the plant pot for example is oven-baked clay, but all have easy to follow DIY how-to guides with plentiful pictures. Let me know if you give them a try!

I think they’d make great pressies, from ‘New Home’ plant pots, to Mother’s Day herb markers, to ‘New Baby’ nursery mobiles – you’re basically covered for any clay eventuality.