OpenFood Garden Event – Be Inspired! Sunday 7th Sept

Sunday 7 Sept 2014 3pm – 5pm

104 Marshalwick Lane AL1 4XE 

Free suggested donation £2

Wondering what to do on Sunday? Looking for inspiration for your food garden?

The weather forecast is sunny at 19 degrees for St Albans and perfect for a lazy afternoon inspiring visit to our OpenFoodGarden at Marshalwick Lane.


This large, multi-purpose garden is the last of this year’s events and we expect it to be a popular choice.

amberwithcasablancaHelen has been growing her own food at home on and off since bringing up her children, and now her grandchildren often help out in the garden. Her confidence has grown so much that she opens her garden up every year as part of Transition St Albans’ annual OpenFoodGarden programme.

The programme encourages visitors to be inspired by different food garden designs, and to get ideas, tips and techniques for growing their own food at home.

Helen is a keen volunteer with Transition St Albans and is especially involved with the Food Group. “Eating your own produce is glorious,” she says, “and my favourite is purple-sprouting broccoli, or anything that grows well.” Her other successes in the garden this year have been green beans, tomatoes and Swiss chard.

The garden, which has a range of shrubs, lawn and seating area, includes fruit trees, with a recently planted quince, and soft fruit including a jostaberry, raspberries and blackberries.

squashThere are narrow beds for vegetables with sea kale, purple sprouting broccoli, courgettes and leeks) and a few potatoes are grown in potato sacks. Lettuce and endives are also grown.


Compost and Wildlife

The garden has several composters and water butts and many features to attract birds and other wildlife, including a small pond.

Go For It!

Asked if she has any tips for budding food gardeners she simply says: “Go for it! It’s worth being able to grow your own, even if it’s only a few salad leaves, just for the pleasure and the taste”.

Come to this Sunday afternoon event
If you would like to get inspired and visit Helen’s garden, come along on Sunday 7th September, drop in anytime between 3-5pm – and she would be delighted to show you around.

Parking and Transport

There is free parking in the Quadrant car park opposite the house. Bikes can be left securely in the garden. Buses S2 and S3 run nearby. Wheelchair access to the garden is restricted. No dogs please except guide dogs.

Free entry with suggested donation of £2.00 for over 16s; all proceeds go to TSA funds.
Open Food Gardens Summer programme: click for website page for more information –

See longer article on Helen’s garden – click here






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