John’s garden, ‘Bayet’ means ‘home’ in Arabic. The garden aims to raise awareness of the importance of gardens and gardening to people fleeing war and violence, helping them to overcome trauma and move on with their lives. A Silver Gilt medal was awarded.
We helped to sponsor Bayet and during Gardening Scotland, we gave an illustrated talk and hosted a Q&A session with John. We explored John’s background and journey from war correspondent to gardener and how gardens create community.
RHS Chatsworth Flower Show: 5 June
We joined Chatsworth House head cut flower grower Becky Crowley to offer a new perspective on cut flowers at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. In our talk, ‘Gardens Without Borders’, we explored how the cutting garden at Chatsworth is linked to the flora of Kurdistan and the gardens that people are building there in refugee camps. Becky gave behind-the-scenes views of the cutting garden and we showed how flowers are as important to survivors of war in Kurdistan as they are to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.
The team behind FlORXLzine – Carmen Sheridan, Hannah Jones and Emma Brown – have raised £1000 for the Lemon Tree Trust through sales of the print publication. The first issue of the zine was launched in November 2021 to celebrate plants, gardens and horticulture and the team have gone on to publish two more. They … Continued
Thank you to Rachael Jefferies for inviting us on to the Centre for Minorities Research Podcast to talk about our work. The Centre for Minorities Research is based at the University of St Andrews, St Andrews in Scotland, UK. And the centre’s student-led podcast provides a space for students to creatively explore their research interests. … Continued
Our community garden at the SEED Foundation trauma centre in Bardarash camp is finished! And the garden is already being used. Isn’t it wonderful to see the children singing? It is literally music to our ears. The community garden is a space for SEED centre clients and Bardarash residents to enjoy every day. The garden … Continued