Services Gardening gardening what's on Growing Connections The two Growing Connections gardening groups are up and running again after a short winter break. Absolutely everybody is welcome – even if you’ve never gardened before or don’t think you have green fingers. Both groups are extremely friendly and welcoming, there is good chat and tea and biscuits at every session so come and be nosey and see what they are up to! Gardening is a great way to boost well-being by being outside and taking part in some physical exercise as well as being sociable and learning new skills. St Luke’s Gardening Group – every Tuesday, 2-3.30pm. Meet on the first floor terrace. This group focuses on looking after all the ornamental plants in containers on the terrace. There are plenty of top tips for growing in containers in small urban spaces. This month the group will be learning how to prune roses and clematis and take cuttings from pelargoniums. Meet at 2pm on St Luke’s Terrace, 1st floor. For more information please contact Catherine on [email protected] St Luke’s Food Growers - Thursday, 2-3.30pm. Meet in the Edible Yard at the back of the community centre. Thurs 1 & 8 February – Arts & crafts project with artist and landscape architect Lily Bakratsa. Come and join the group make a lovely new sign for our Edible Yard. Meet at 2pm in the Art Room, 2nd floor. Thurs 15 February – end of winter walkabout, tidy up of the Edible Yard and big interactive planning session for 2018. First sowing of the year too! Meeting at 2pm in the Edible Yard, near the greenhouse. For more information please contact Marco on [email protected] or 07951 039 113 Growing Connections also organises a monthly Seasonal Vegetable Cookery Class where we learn to cook a variety of delicious dishes out of various vegetables that we have grown. The focus is particularly on vegetables that people might not be so familiar with or confident cooking. Past classes have focused on aubergines, beetroot, artichokes and peas. Our next class is Wednesday 7 February 11am-1pm and costs just £2.50 (please book at reception). This includes the shared lunch at the end. We don’t have a theme yet so suggestions welcome! Trips – the Growing Connections team is busy planning a programme of excursions for the year ahead, including the beautiful orchid festival at Kew Gardens in March, the Royal Horticultural Society’s garden at Wisley, the ever popular Parkside Pick Your Own Farm. Please contact Heather on [email protected] if you are interested in any of these trips or have some suggestions of any other gardens or green spaces to visit. There is a separate Growing Connections email list with a very short update of project activities every two weeks. Please contact Heather on [email protected] if you would like to be added to the list. We hope to see you at an activity soon!