For 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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!