What have your students learned through the Woolly School Garden program?
What advice do you have for other schools that want to start a Woolly School Garden?
Nowhere makes gardening more fashionable than the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, now in it’s 98th Year. The world’s most famous flower show is a celebration of the highest quality horticulture and is a feast for your imagination, bursting with inspiration for you to take home.
Covering an 11 acre site, it is a catwalk of color and creativity, the brightest new ideas, the latest trends and the pinnacle of design make this show the one that the world wants to see.
There are around 600 exhibitors at the show from around the world, including 17 show gardens, 15 small gardens, over 100 growers and nurseries and almost 250 trade stands.
This year our Woolly Pocket made a debut there, as a stunning floral centerpiece in the prestigious Hospitality Village. Filled with pink azaleas, ferns and hostas, the wall of Woolly Pockets made an appropriate and fitting statement amidst all the hoi polloi!
Huge thanks to our Woolly UK team for organizing and setting up the living wall for the show. It’s beautiful! The Chelsea Flower Show runs until 28th May.
The Dining Society’s 2011 summer season kicked off last weekend in Los Angeles’ Echo Park, with a menu that included Kusshi oysters and roasted root vegetables and shrimp and squid sauteed with corn and pork belly with mustard and fava beans, finished off with strawberries and homemade ice cream. The food, presented family style, was practically perfect in every way. The drinks were BYOB, with a nightcap courtesy of cocktail creators Alie & Georgia: rum with homemade chai.
The guests, including food writers and artisans like Jen Smith of Full Moon Pickles (http://fullmoonpickles.blogspot.com/), gathered in the driveway at Jaime Honkawa’s house for the evening. She’s decorated her house beautifully, but since it was an outdoor gathering, she needed to bring some of her design sensibility outdoors. Enter Woolly Pocket!
While the cooks chopped up everything in the kitchen, Jaime spent the day getting the driveway all gussied up for the dinner party, which included boring stuff like sweeping, but also fun stuff like setting the tablescape, with our sweet lil’ Islands – four Tinas and a Lana. She planted the pockets with a mix of succulents and edibles, which ended up being pretty AND practical when the kitchen ran out of rosemary and Debbie, Dining Society’s sous chef, came running down and did some last-minute shopping from one of the Pockets. By using living centerpieces, guests got to add some fresh herbs to their meals creating an ‘interactive’ food experience.
Jaime also put a lot of heirloom lettuces in, especially the gorgeous speckled kind, as well as purple basil, fennel, cilantro and the saving-the-day rosemary. The evening was a success, and both table and décor were delicious.
We love this beautiful garden design called the Bin Bar created by Felicity Waters of Garden Beet for her front yard. It’s a beautiful idea and a great way to build a community through garden design using our woollypockets. Felicity was sweet enough to stop by to tell us a little more about the project.
“In parts of Australia there are three types of rubbish collection services: one for recycled household waste (plastic, paper, glass); waste that can not be recycled; and one for garden waste. The waste is separated by the householder into three bins. The bins take up loads of space. Couple this fact with the underutilized space of Garden Beet’s front garden and the sheer frustration of being sited on a visually poor streetscape with no community hub in walking distance – a front garden redesign was in order.
Garden Beet has created its own mini-piazza that welcomes its neighbours and passerby’s to take a quick break for coffee, cake and chat. The space is nicknamed the ‘bin bar’ and is clad with lush Woolly Pockets, concrete seats wrapped with vintage cream Woolly Pockets and oddles of striking prostrate Australian plants (banksias, grevilleas and eucalyptus) as well as range of succulents, sedges and ground covers from various regions of the world. We have a community clock made from recycled coffee cups and are currently sourcing a bell.
We are particularly excited as Woolly Pockets are perfect for the more fussy, but unusual Australian desert plants that require good drainage and loads of sunlight. We are able to locate the fussier plants out of our clay soils and shady sections of the garden and into the woolly pocket on the dry sunny walls.”
Thanks, Felicity! If we’re ever in your neck of the woods, we’ll definitely get woolly with you at your beautiful bin bar!
“Wally” made his debut on Regent Street in London this week at the new National Geographic retail shop! With around 1 Million visitors walking up and down Regent Street each day he is going to make lots of new friends As part of an initiative by The Royal Institute of British Architects, the Regent Street Association and media partner ELLE Decoration, a living column was installed with Boston Ferns, Scindapsus (Devils Ivy) and Croton Varigatum, using our sweet Woolies. For those of you across the pond, Pockets are available in the online in the UK at www.gardenhousedesign.co.uk or www.Gardenbeet.com and at a host of Garden Centres as well.
You can meet Wally at the National Geographic Store until May 29th.
How sweet and inspiring are these? Here are some unexpected ways of working greens into your wardrobe. I love the planter necklace—ingenious! And “Cousin It” looking shrubs are making me chuckle. So, what are some of your plans this weekend? It’s Mother’s Day and I hope everyone has something sweet going on. You know moms love plants—just sayin’. Alright, have a woolly weekend!