Monday, 13 September 2010

Eco Garden Party

We had a really great family day out yesterday. We travelled up to London to go to the start garden party which is being held in some very exclusive gardens. Those of Clarence, Marlborough and Lancaster House.
It is a project co-ordinated by a charity of Prince Charles and it's aim is to make us all aware of how to can do things to help the environment.
I was really taken with all the innovative ideas shown for 'growing your own' and came away feeling quite inspired.
This idea is from the Allotment Society (I think) and shows that not a lot of room is needed to be able to grow your own. The ladder allotment makes use of vertical space. Lots of other displays used this idea too.

Love the wellies planted up in this one.

A dustbin full of lavender, tree branches used as supports for tomatoes,

an interesting potting table complete with kitchen sink,

herbs grow in cut up plastic bottles,

I had to smile when I saw the stepladder as I got one for our garden (from Freecycle, very eco-friendy) this summer!

Chilli's grown in lengths of plastic guttering.

Love this pond in an old bath.

Here holes have been cut into an old door to house yogurt pots and then these are used for growing salad leaves.
The front
The back

A different use for a wheelbarrow.

I love the idea of making use of items that may otherwise have just been dumped, using them for growing food to eat and also making the garden look interesting too.


  1. Oh yes, Prince Charles is not only famous all over the world for his blunder but also for his love for the environment ;-)
    Great ideas, thank you for sharing!

  2. What am amazing way to re-use unwanted items. Loved the yoghurt pot idea. And thought the chest of drawers looked very pretty.

    Looks like a great day out.

    MBB x

  3. Great ideas there, thanks for showing us. x

  4. Some really good ideas there - unlike other garden events, ideas you can actually translate to everyday gardens :)

  5. That looks a brilliant day out Lisa - youve given me lots of tips too. Can't wait to see what you come up with. xxxx

  6. Some great ideas there ... what do you think you will use? I liked the yoghurt pot door ... just need to find an old door! I've got wellies with a hole in them, so I could plant those up!
    Love Kathy xxx

  7. you do get about dont you!!

    I think whoever did the step ladder must read your blog!!

    I thought I should say that I'm not yet on the ivf jolly, hopefully it should be happening in oct. However when I'm doing it, I shall be in town a fair bit, so maybe the chance to meet up then??

    Hope the kids are settling into school.


  8. This is the best ever! Great inspiration, just in case I ever decide to brave my mosquito-infested garden again. Must share it with my eco-gardener sister, too!

  9. I have just found your lovely blog and this post made me buzz! I just have to follow you now!
    Deb x