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“Our Games” at the People’s Palace

Andrea, our Volunteering Manager, and Ibrahim, our all-star volunteer
Andrea, our Volunteering Manager, and Ibrahim, our all-star volunteer

A fantastic exhibition celebrating volunteering at the 2014 Commonwealth Games is at the People’s Palace. Co-produced by the Games volunteers and Glasgow Museums, the exhibition explores the impact the Games have had on the people of Glasgow.

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.

Multicultural Celebrations

It was a busy night last night as Amanda and Andrea represented the Gardens at two events.

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Amanda was at BEMIS Multicultural Homecoming 2014 Celebration Dinner. BEMIS helped fund our film screening in October.

The Hidden Gardens' Director Amanda (and partner) at the BEMIS Multicultural Homecoming Dinner
The Hidden Gardens’ Director Amanda (and partner) at the BEMIS Multicultural Homecoming 2014 Celebration Dinner

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!”

Our administrator is upset that Amanda was not able to bring back Edinburgh Fog for the office
Our administrator is upset that Amanda was not able to bring back Edinburgh Fog for the office

Andrea represented the Gardens at the National Sikh Banquet Celebration Event. The Gardens have worked closely with the neighbouring Gurdwara, most recently in the Gurdwara Gardening project. It was a fantastic night highlighting the works of the Glasgow Gurdwara since it opened last year.

Andrea and partner at the National Sikh Banquet
Andrea (and partner) at the National Sikh Banquet Celebration Event

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!

Glasgow Gurdwara blooms!

A colourful variety of flowers
A colourful variety of flowers

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!

Volunteers choosing which flowers to plant
Volunteers choosing which flowers to plant

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.

Volunteers hard at work planting up the border
Volunteers hard at work planting up the border

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.

A bunch of Gurdwara Gardening volunteers have planted themselves into a corner!
Oh no! A bunch of Gurdwara Gardening volunteers have planted themselves into a corner!

The border was planted up by volunteers in time for Diwali, the Festival of Lights.

Fun at Ceilidh Comhla

Everyone gets together for the start of Ceilidh Comhla
Everyone gets together for the start of Ceilidh Comhla

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.

Gingko leaf shaped shortbread, which disappeared faster than leaves in autumn
Gingko leaf shaped shortbread, which disappeared faster than leaves in autumn

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.

There’s a wonderful (short!) video by Raj_Tigerstyle of the night. Watch it here!

Andrea

Saturday 14th June – Weekend Volunteering Opportunity

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On Saturday 14th June, 1pm-4pm, we’re having another of our popular Weekend Volunteer Opportunities at The Hidden Gardens, as part of Ready Steady Grow Pollokshields.

We’ll be planting up our borders and doing other essential summer tasks. If you’d like to come along to share your skills and learn something new, email andrea@thehiddengardens.org.uk

Why not bring along a friend too! Places are limited, so please book your spaces as soon as possible. We’ll be meeting at the chimney at 1pm.

Andrea

Volunteers keep the Gardens blooming

Volunteers at The Hidden Gardens

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.

Our plant sale takes place on Saturday 24th May, 12pm-5pm, as part of Scotland’s Gardens. Come take home a part of the Gardens!

Andrea