Chiswick House Kitchen Garden Open Day

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The Chiswick House Kitchen Garden Project is celebrating its first year of existence on 5th March 2006 and to remind people to come along and celebrate, a rash of scarecrows has been appearing on the streets of Chiswick.

Over the past year, some 650 children and numerous other volunteers have passed through the garden digging, weeding, planting and eating as part of an educational project to revive the old walled gardens which date from around 1683. The association has cleared a substantial part of the garden and are planting it with vegetables, cutting flowers and fruit.

Come and see how far the project has got, find out more about the Kitchen Garden Association and wish us a happy birthday!  There will also be the opportunity to name the 9 foot long bright green sparkling dragon that has arrived to take up residence in the big greenhouse.

Created by ten members from the Cathja Project, working with artist-in-residence Liz Leyh, the dragon was originally constructed for the Community Festival
last September. But after the Festival the dragon was damaged and had no home.

The Chiswick House Kitchen Garden Association invited him (or her?) to their greenhouse, to keep an eye on the children who come to sow seeds and grow plants to help revive the walled gardens. During the Open Day the Kitchen Garden Project will be running a competition to name the dragon. The winner, chosen by the team who created the dragon, will receive a £15 gift voucher from local toyshop Snapdragon.

In addition to the Kitchen Garden Project’s first birthday, the 300th anniversary of the death of Georg Joseph Kamel, after whom the camellia is named will also be commemorated.

The Camellia House, built c.1815, will also be open; it holds some of the country’s oldest living Camellias, which should be in full bloom, with members of the Camellia Society on hand to explain their history. Information about the history of the conservatory will also be available, as well as various stalls and other activities.


February 28, 2006