Growing together at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens

The popular holly maze at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens is getting a bit of a Mediterranean makeover this weekend.

Three young learner gardeners from Morocco, Spain and the UK have got together to design a new planting scheme for the centre of the maze.

Nezha Kejaat from Morocco, and Ines Parias-Cervera, from Spain, are on a month long tour of English historic gardens to learn new horticultural skills and to share their knowledge of gardening in dry and hot climates. The pair are joined by Rhiannon Matravers, who is also project managing their placements in four of England’s most evocative gardens.

It maybe be damp in Birmingham this weekend but they plan to plant up a design based on the colours of all three nations flags and reflecting the intricate patterns of Tudor as well as Islamic gardens.

On Friday they will also meet and talk with schoolchildren from two local schools who come regularly to the gardens to help cultivate the space or learn about wildlife.
It won’t be all hard work for the international ‘Rosemary and Thyme’s though, on Saturday afternoon the actors from Crescent Theatre roll up to the Gardens to perform ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ a rip roaring tale of travel around the globe.

Over 600 species of plants can be found in the Gardens – preserving the style from over 250 years ago, up to 1760, it is still full of trees and plants brought here from 4 continents … but none of course from Australasia which wasn’t ‘discovered’ by westerners until 1770.

The Trust that now runs the site are delighted to add to the Garden’s tradition of caring for plants from all over the world … and the people who grow them.

We grow together

says General Manager Glynis Powell,

...in all sense of the word. It’s been a great experience working with REEP on this project. REEP is a small local charity doing amazing life enhancing things exploring cultural traditions with young people across the UK and Morocco, it fits so well with what we are trying to do here in Castle Bromwich. We’re looking forward to involving more and more people in the future.

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