A feast of food and flowers as event blossoms

Foodies and gardeners will unite when Birmingham Botanical Gardens cooks up a storm to celebrate its 183th anniversary. 

A free Heritage Open Day will welcome visitors to explore the attraction’s Victorian glasshouses and vast grounds, and introduce Harborne Food School, as it hosts a car boot vegetables sale, preserves workshops and food demonstrations. 

Heritage Open Days is a leading heritage festival that celebrates history, architecture and culture throughout the UK with free events. Birmingham Botanical Gardens will open its doors for free to the public Sunday 13 September. 

Once guests have worked up an appetite by taking a tour of the varied attractions, they’ll be able to pick up home grown vegetables at the car boot sale. 

Friends and members of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens will sell their produce between 9am and 11am in the car park. Sellers will even get the chance to enter a competition to win Harborne Food School vouchers and cooking classes. 

Leading preserves and baking expert Vivien Lloyd will demonstrate how to prepare stone fruit jam and chilli jam to give visitors some inspiration with how to prepare their freshly picked produce. Visitors that make their own preserves should also bring a sample with them for a chance to enter an exclusive competition. 

Registered nutritionist Shaleen Meelu and chef Charlotte Pike of Harborne Food School will lead 30-minute workshops that give a sample of the food schools’ offerings including chopping sessions, food tasters and vegetable growing. 

James Wheeler, chief executive of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, said:

“It’s our pleasure to open the gardens for free on this very special day. The Heritage Open Days celebrates culture and history in the community, two things that our gardens are rich with. 
“Our collaboration with Harborne Food School will also give visitors the chance to pick up some locally grown food and learn how to make delicious meals with them once they’re home as they will no doubt be hungry after exploring our gardens and learning about how to prepare delicious food.” 

Heritage Open Day at Birmingham Botanical Gardens is a free event from 11am – 3pm on Sunday 13 September. The vegetable car boot sale will take place in the on-site car park from 9am – 11am.  

For more information please visit http://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/ or call 0121 454 1860.

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