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Events that happen in Phoenix Garden

Pendrell Party

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Yesterday, the garden hosted the Pendrell House 20th Anniversary Party, a bunting, balloons and BBQ affair.  The youngest party-goers were entertained by Punch & Judy while thirsty elders did their best to drink 'Mark's Bar' dry.  Spicy burgers were served, followed by big chocolatey slices of celebration cake.  What fun!

 

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PLANT GIVE-AWAY – Wed 15th April from 1pm

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Tomorrow, we will be giving away bare-root divisions of two of the Phoenix Garden's feature plants; Geranium x oxonianum 'Claridge Druce' and Symphytum 'Hidcote Blue'.  Both are tough hardy perennials - both are bomb-proof.  Both are available as beautifully wrapped bare-roots, ready to grow away if you simply stick them in the ground.

Geranium 'Claridge Druce' makes big weed-proof mounds of foliage 70cm across and produces soft-lilac/pink flowers from May until September.   It is drought tolerant and trouble free, the only attention it needs is for the whole clump to be cut right down after mid-summer to refresh it - it grows back quickly with fresh foliage and even more flowers.

Symphytum 'Hidcote Blue', a comfrey, low-growing it makes good groundcover for sun or shade, with weed-suppressing mats of bristly foliage - it is great in dry shade under shrubs or trees.  From March to May it produces soft blue/white flowers unfurling from red buds.  Early bees find it irresistible.

Bare-root Planting Instructions:

 

Dig a hole big enough for the roots.

Remove wrapping.

Plant them - remember... 'green up/brown down'

Firm soil gently around the roots - a gentle tug on the leaves shouldn't pull it up.

Chuck a bucket of water over them, once or twice till established.

(it really is this easy)

 

Please help yourself from the crates.  Limited numbers, so when they're gone, they're gone. Of course -  feel free to make a donation via the donation button on our website, here.

 

 

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The 5th Phoenix Garden Agricultural Show & St Giles Fayre – Sat 6th September – 12 – 6pm

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The 5th Phoenix Garden Agricultural Show & St Giles Fayre will be held on Saturday 6th September.  The show is open from 12 – 6pm.
Attractions this year are:
Rare breed farm animals from Millers Ark Farm
Traditional Punch & Judy with Geoff Felix
London Pride Morris Dancers
Crystal Palace Brass Band
St Giles-in-the-Fields Choir
Hand Bell Ringers of Great Britain's handbell display team
This year’s show market will have stalls from:
Neal’s Yard Dairy
West London Beekeepers – honey and beeswax products
Carshalton Lavender – London grown lavender products
Just Be Natural – Essential Oils and skincare products
Soho Housing Association Hook-a-Duck
InMidTown Green Roof Project
St. Giles Bellringers
St. Giles-in-the-Fields Church
Buddha On A Bicycle
Federation of City Farms
RSPB
Cordwainer’s Garden
BoPeep Kids – soft toys
Bluejam Cakes – celebration cakes, chocolate, savoury pastries, quiches
Funny Face Face Painting
Community Stall
Phoenix Garden Raffle
We look forward to seeing you on the day!

The 5th Phoenix Garden Agricultural Show & St. Giles Fayre – 6th September

After taking last year off we are proud to announce that we shall be holding The 5th Phoenix Garden Agricultural Show & St. Giles Fayre on Saturday 6th September '14.

 

Confirmed attractions are:

Millers Ark Rare Breed Farm Animals

London Pride Morris dancers

Crystal Palace Brass band

Geoff Felix and his amazing Punch & Judy show

St. Giles-in-the-Fields Choir

Handbell Display

 

and the show market place!

 

More details soon!

 

Hope to see you at the show.

 

 

The 4th Phoenix Garden Agricultural Show & St Giles Fayre

The 4th Phoenix Garden Agricultural Show & St Giles Fayre

On Saturday 1st September The Phoenix Garden and St Giles-in-the -Fields Churchyard were transformed into a country show-ground with stalls, bunting and show tents for the 4th Phoenix Garden Agricultural Show and St Giles Fayre. Organised by the Phoenix Garden this annual event brings a countryside experience to the West End to entertain visitors of all ages and this year’s show was a smasher!

 

It wouldn't be a country show without animals and, as expected, the rare breed farm animals from Miller's Ark Mobile Farm were a hit with everyone. They showed off great big Brahma chickens and their tiny chicks, roly-poly Kune-Kune pigs, a miniature Mediterranean donkey that was in fine voice and bugled resounding 'eeyores' throughout the day. African pygmy goats shamelessly begged for titbits, Shetland Sheep bleated softly and a pair of Irish Moiled calves made cow-eyes at everyone, before one leapt out of its pen and made a dash for the gate mid-show - much to the delight of the crowds.

National fancy pigeon judges, Colin Ronald and John Ross, brought a display of beautiful fancy pigeons that were a firm favourite with visitors more familiar with London’s 'flying rats'.

 

Traditional craft skills were on display; The London Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers showed raw wool being transformed to yarn and being knitted into bunting to decorate their stall.  The London Beekeepers Association had a display hive of bees and all types of bee products - honeys, candles and wax polishes. The West End Women's institute proved that the inner-city still can bake with the best offering a fine display of tasty cakes and jam.

The St Giles bell ringers, led by the inimitable Dennis Elliston, took visitors up the winding stairs high into the spire of St Giles-in-the-Fields church to try their hand ringing the church bells.

 

The show ground entertainers kept the crowds smiling; the London Pride Morris Dancers put the more daring audience members through their hanky waving paces, Geoff Felix's Punch & Judy show had the younger visitors in fits of giggles, and musical performances were provided by Crystal Palace Brass Band and the St Giles Choir. The 30 piece brass band played beautifully, with a playlist with something for everyone to enjoy and the choir's rendition of 'I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside' went down a storm and rounded off the day nicely.

 

 

Our thanks go to all the volunteers, exhibitors and performers who helped put on such a great event.

 

This year’s show was generously supported by;  The William Shelton Educational Charity, Soho Housing Association and the London Borough of Camden.

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“I love the pigeons with the furry coats on but I don’t like the pigs – they smell!”

Juntaro Wixon – aged 8.

 

“I am so pleased that this year’s show has been such a success.  It is great after all the hard work by the Phoenix Garden team, to see so many people enjoying themselves – it makes it all so worth while”

 

Jane Palm-Gold – The Phoenix Garden