Ibrahim, a volunteer at The Hidden Gardens, volunteered at the Games and is featured in the exhibition. He interviewed our Volunteering Manager Andrea, and the footage is displayed in the exhibition. We hope the newfound fame does not change Andrea.
Amanda writes “A big thank you to BEMIS for a very enjoyable evening celebrating Multicultural Homecoming on St Andrews Day. Thanks to all the musicians and performers, especially the Scottish traditional musicians, the Hong Loc Lion dancers and Indepen-dance performers, and Glasgow Dholis drummers.
I learned a new recipe too – Edinburgh Fog, very tasty!”
Andrea says “It was a great evening, and really successful fundraising event for the Glasgow Gurdwara. There was a great variety of food, and it was fun to chat about which foods we liked best. I loved seeing the Guru Granth Sahib choir again after their wonderful performance at our Mandela Celebration in July.”
It looks like both events were a lot of fun. Now back to work, ladies!
Volunteers from Glasgow Gurdwara and The Hidden Gardens have worked together to plant up the border at the entrance to the Gurdwara. Over a number of weeks, volunteers chose flowers whose colours were significant to the Sikh faith, as well as flowers that promote biodiversity. We want bees and butterflies to enjoy this border, too!
The group spent some time thinking about plants that would be significantly blue and yellow, and also thought about plants that would work year-round, with a variety of textures, to make this a visually stimulating border. We went for a mix of annuals and perennials, such as rudbeckia, as well as planting blue crocus and yellow narcissi bulbs which will blossom in the spring.
At the beginning of the project, volunteers from Glasgow Gurdwara and The Hidden Gardens grew blue cornflowers and yellow Californian poppies from seeds in the Glasshouses, and these have now found their home in the border. We snuck a bit of the Gardens in there too! We planted some witch hazel, which features in the Ballet border and the Avenue of Trees.
The border was planted up by volunteers in time for Diwali, the Festival of Lights.
Hidden Gardens volunteers and local visitors of all ages came together to take part in Ceilidh Comhla. We enjoyed a wonderful summer’s evening in the gardens spending time sharing music, song, poetry, dancing and making new friends.
After all that fun, we enjoyed eating delicious pea, mint and roasted garlic soup and lavender shortbread made by our volunteers. The gardens offered a wonderful backdrop for the event creating a peaceful space to relax in the evening time.
Many thanks to all our Taskforce, Greenfingers and Weekend volunteers. Everyone has been working hard (in all weathers!) to make the gardens look beautiful for us all to enjoy, and filling the plant kiosk with plants they have raised that will attract bees and butterflies to your garden, window box or back court in the coming months.