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Gurdwara Gardening Plaque Unveiling

A group from the Gurdwara and The Hidden Gardens don't let the weather faze them!
A group from the Gurdwara and The Hidden Gardens don’t let the weather faze them!

It was a bit of a blustery day as the plaque for the Gurdwara shared garden was unveiled on Saturday 7th of March.

The crocuses and daffodils were just beginning to peek through the soil. The blue and gold of the flowers echoed the flags that fly above the Gurdwara.

We look forward to seeing the different flowers that’ll appear throughout the year!

The plaque commemorating the Gurdwara shared garden.
The plaque commemorating the Gurdwara shared garden.

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.