On Thursday 5th April 2018, I arrived to give a talk at a place called Neubad in Lucerne! I had no idea that I would be talking from the deep end of a swimming pool ;)
Neubad, formerly a swimming pool, is now a thriving alternative cultural centre! Across the road I also visited Neugarten, a small community garden.
Thanks to Francesca Blachnik and Sven for inviting me and showing me around!
I travelled yesterday from the PDC course at Hurdal Prestegård (rectory) to another rectory in Ringebu in the Gudbrandsdalen about 3 hours north by train! I was invited by KVANN (Norwegian Seed Savers) member Halldis Myhre Tvete to give a talk on perennial vegetables and edimentals to the gardening group (hagegruppa på Ringebu Prestegården)!
I was very impressed by the garden which the largely voluntary gardening group have created since 2006 from an overgrown garden with just a few original plants such as the Ringebu rose!
Most of the plants are Norwegian heritage plants, including a large collection of historical roses, berry and fruit trees, hops, Dahlias and herbs!
The view from the garden is also spectacular looking down and north along the green glacial river (Gudbrandslågen) and the neighbouring Ringebu Stave Church!
Just a few pictures from the Dokka Hagefestival (Garden Festival) this weekend 23rd June! I gave a talk outside under the festival “sail” supported by some 20 different perennial vegetables harvested from my garden the day before and KVANNs (Norwegian Seed Savers) stand which board member Lone Dybdal helped me with. After the talk we had a successful auction of the plants I’d brought along including a selection of rare and heirloom onions!
I’ve talked twice before at the festival, first in 2012 which was the first year it was arranged. I was then asked back the year after as I’d only got about halfway around the world the first time :)
Thanks to Tove Vesterås who’s been the festival “General” since the start!
The main reason for my visit to Bergen was the Saturday course on perennial vegetables for the organisation Bærekraftig Liv (literally Sustainable Living). We had perfect weather for the day which started with a beginners course followed by foraging around the garden of Landås hovedgård (lysthus), a historical building where Edvard Grieg spent much of his youth! The afternoon session was my normal Around the World talk. Bærekraftig Liv have a long term lease here in collaboration with Bergen kommune where the gardens and house will be restored! https://no.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land%C3%A5s_hovedg%C3%A5rd
A great mixed crowd of folk turned up and, yes, I’d love to come back next year!
Perennials can be a partial solution to the problem that Bergen has with the Iberian slug (brunsnegl) which disillusions many new vegetable gardeners in Bergen!
Thanks to Anna who told me she’d heard my name mentioned on BBC Gardener’s Question Time yesterday in connection with my June appearance at the programme’s summer party at Mount Stewart in Northern Ireland :)
B: Stephen’s salad: a six part series following me around the garden collecting plants for a springtime extreme salad in mid-May, also fully indexed by plant names in the film description:
Part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvSB5cb_FXI
Thank you Emilia Rekestad for putting last week’s webinar on winter perennial vegetables up more permanently on youtube. Emilia first introduces the webinar and the polyculture project through which it was organised!
I hope you find it useful and please help us by sharing with friends and relevant groups!!
Well, I survived the last 3 intensive days, first travelling from the UK whilst preparing for Wednesday’s talk about my study trip to Japan in spring 2016 at Ringve in Trondheim, followed by last night’s Webinar on edible perennials and winter vegetables. Sometimes I take on a bit too much but it was fun!
You can see the webinar, moderated by Emilia Rekestad from Permaculture Sweden (I start at about 8:20 mins in to the recording and it lasts a little over 2 hours!). ENJOY! https://tinyurl.com/yahgfrgz
It was strange to have so many people in my living room and they were mostly totally quiet and no eye contact was odd also! Anyway, it seems to have worked well technically. See what you think!
A few pictures from my Mum and Dad’s garden in Chandlers Ford, a walk around Old Town, Southampton, my talk on Hungry Gap veg at the Art Centre last night (there is no hungry gap in Southern England) and finally pictures of currently foragable plants!