Southwark Sunflower Challenge

Topics: [community engagement] [community garden] [Southwark]

Know How at The Edge

Know How is an exhibition showcasing the wealth of skills and knowledge held by local residents and within Bath University.  This ‘live’ exhibition unfolds as five weeks of talks, demonstrations, discovery days, workshops and practical sessions for those interested in learning new skills or knowing more about the world around them.

Avant Gardening will be showcasing their new project, MOBIS, as part of the exhibition from 10th October.

On Thursday 20th October join us for a special informal chat and design workshop based on MOBIS and share your ideas on How To Make A Mobile Allotment. The workshop is free but space is limited so we suggest booking in advance


Fun Palaces for Nature

Join the Avant-Gardeners using recycled materials to make habitats for our urban wildlife and explore ways of making our homes and gardens more wildlife friendly.       

Bring your plastic bottles and transform them into bird feeders or bug hotels. 

Make your own biodegradable wild flower gnomes

Explore and invent with the Avant-Gardeners.

Sunday 2nd October, 11am - 3pm,

Hounslow High Street 

Topics: [community engagement] [gardening]


MOBIS is the newest collaboration between Lisa Cheung, Sammy Delgado Escobar of Konvertible and Avant-Gardening. Once again we will be exploring fun and creative ways to work with a community to find ways of improving the public realm through creative interventions.

Follow the new blog to keep up to date with the project.

Topics: [Bath] [community engagement] [green spaces] [mobile allotment]

Why gardening is political

Secret Language of Flowers

Friday 29 April: Secret Garden at Watts Studios. As part of the Watts At Dusk season we will be exploring the art of floriography in the beautiful gardens of Watts Gallery nestled in the Surrey Hills.  Using flowers to convey messages became very popular in Victorian times when a carefully selected 'tussie-mussie' could be used to express feelings through the symbolism of the flowers it contained.

As dusk descends on the secret garden join us and explore the Secret Language of Flowers.

Friday 29 April, Late night opening until 9pm

16 and under go free

2 for 1 Adult entry

All activities FREE with admission

For more information visit Watts Gallery

Topics: [floriography] [Surrey] [Watts Gallery] [wild flowers]

Getting Dirty!

Avant-Gardening is now acting as the Cluster Champion for Greenwich on Project Dirt. In this role we will be championing the initiatives that are getting folk out doors and into nature.  If you haven't already, why not sign up to Project Dirt and if you are in the Borough of Greenwich (or neighbouring areas) please join the Greenwich Cluster and help us to promote your projects and events. 

Walthamstow Garden Party

Avant-Gardener, Lisa Cheung, is going to be at the Walthamstow Garden Party on the weekend of 18th and 19th July. She will be making cyanotype prints inspired by the designs of William Morris. Come along and join Lisa to create your own beautiful print.

Topics: [festival] [Walthamstow]

Experiment with flavour

Avant-Gardening will be running more experimental ice cream making and tasting sessions as part of Open Street London on Saturday, 30 May, 11am - 4pm.  We are really keen to meet enthusiastic urban gardeners who can bring some tasty fresh produce with them and transform it into an innovative ice. 

For more information about the Open Streets day visit

Topics: [community engagement] [family] [Southwark] [workshops]

Crocus Field Launch

 Last October hundreds of people came together at Little Marton Mill in Mereside to be a part of the creation of a living artwork with artist Rebecca Chesney and Avant-Gardening as part of LeftCoast’s Growing People programme.  

The goal was to plant 100,000 Crocus bulbs with local residents, businesses, organisations and schools to create a stunning gateway to Blackpool and a new habitat for bees and wildlife.

A public launch to celebrate the planting and flowering will take place at the Windmill on Sunday 8 March at 12pm and includes a local bee walk hosted by Alan Hulme and some delicious homemade soup.  All welcome.

Sunday 8 March 12-3pm

Little Marton Windmill, Blackpool, FY4 4XQ


Topics: [Blackpool] [community engagement] [environment] [gardening]

artwork by polly brannan
website by the useful arts organisation