Learn how to make simple and easy bird feeders. This is a great project for all ages.
When you take your daily exercise why not include The Hidden Gardens – it’s a quiet, peaceful, inspirational oasis. If you feel inspired, why not have a go at writing a simple Haiku poem when you get home. This activity is suitable for all ages.
Check out our latest Cultural Cookery Recipe Book with warming winter recipes from all over the world. And they are all vegetarian!
You can watch all the Cultural Cookery Show episodes here on Facebook and cook along at home. Learn how to make the recipes and top cooking tips.
- Borscht and Georgian kidney bean salad
- Chinese recipes- Tofu stir fry and vegetarian spring rolls
- Scottish dishes- warming Scotch Broth, Scottish Rumbledethumps, and volunteer Lesley’s Grans delicious shortbread recipe.
- Afghan recipes- Afghani pulao and Afghan Borani Banjan (Aubergine & Tomato Bake)
- Palestinian dishes- Red Lentil and Squash Soup with Za’atar Croutons and Sabanekh Wa Jibneh (Spinach and Cheese Parcels).
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– £1 per ticket
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- Japan; sesame sauce, Teriyaki Tofu and Japanese Cucumber salad.
- Greece- Spanakopita, Gigantes Plaki and Avgolemono soup.
- Kashmiri dishes; Paneer Masala, Rajma(Red kidney beans) and Dum Aloo.
- Nigerian recipes; Dodo (fried plantains), Nigerian Jollof rice and Efo Riro (spinach stew).
- Spanish Tapas dishes- Berenjenas con Miel (Fried Eggplant With Honey) Fried Padron Peppers, Coliflor Rebozada (Spanish Fried Cauliflower) Tortilla de Patatas (Classic Spanish Omelet)
Here’s the Cultural Cookery Recipe book July to August 2020.
Featuring vegetarian recipes from;
Turkey- Aubergines in a tomato sauce
(Soslu Patlican), Turkish Flatbread, Cacik
Morrocan- Roasted carrot dip with harrisa and orange, Spiced Chickpeas and Harira soup
South America- Sweet Potato, sweetcorn Quesadillas, Guacamole, Tomato Salsa
Malaysia- Pumpkin Rendang, Malaysian Corn Fritters, Fluffy Rice- Absorption method
India- Radish and Roasted Peanut Salad, Bhindi Masala (Kerala Okra Curry), Kerala Mung Dal with Cumin and Spinach
We had a lot of fun playing with poetry in the Hidden Gardens on Saturday 18th May and Saturday 20th July as part of this summer’s Wild About Gardens events.
For the first event in May, we asked people to help us make a Circle Poem. Our inspiration was the poem Roundabout from Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum by Julia Donaldson. Julia’s poem takes a two-word phrase and makes new two-word phrases by adding a new word to the last word of the previous phrase. Because the afternoon was all about window ledge gardening, we started our poem with the phrase Window Box and that was followed by Box Fresh, then Fresh Air and so on. We ended up with a poem that went all around the edge of the Gingko tree.
At the second event in July, we made a Poetry Hunt using two poems that we cut up into snippets and hid in the gardens. The poems we used were Garlic by Finola Scott and Listening to the Trees by Mandy Haggith. Each poem was divided into six pieces and we asked people to search for them by taking a walk around the different parts of the Hidden Gardens. At the end of their hunt, they had put the poems back together again.
You can have a look at the photos we took.
Thanks for all your ideas!
Sarah and Claire from The Write Stuff.
My name is Vicki and as part of my Duke of Edinburgh award, I decided to volunteer at The Hidden Gardens due to the unique volunteering experience it offered and how it differs greatly from regular places to volunteer such as charity shops. From gardening to helping out at a multitude of events, I have learned a lot of new techniques and met many amazing and courteous people. I have had an enthralling and enjoyable time whilst participating and helping here.
My name is Eilidh and with my friend, Vicki, I volunteered at The Hidden Gardens for the Duke of Edinburgh as a change to the usual volunteering opportunities available for most young people such as helping at charity shops. At The Hidden Gardens we helped out with lots of fun and educational activities.
We helped at weekend gardening: repotting plants into new pots, labelling plants that needed labels, weeding and so much more that if I put it all in it will start to look like a shopping list!
We helped at the “Into the Wild” outdoor events that took place at The Hidden Gardens such as Bat Night, Coffee and Chocolate and Starry Nights. Our main task for each event was to help serve food to visitors. There was a wide variety of food from curry to cake. If we were there early enough, we gave a helping hand in setting everything up before everyone came. At the bat event we helped visitors of all ages make pin badges.
We also had opportunities to take part in the events. An example of something we enjoyed was making truffles because there was a huge range of flavours to try. For the Starry Night event, we thoroughly enjoyed the planetarium and we learned a lot of interesting facts. For bat night, we used meters to detect the frequencies that bats produced. In the end, we saw two bats! In conclusion, we thought that the Into Wild events were interesting and amazing and we are looking forward to any future events.
Vicki: During the weekends, I helped with the gardening. There were a variety of tasks to help out with such raking and refilling flower beds. I have learned a lot about gardening and different species of plants. I have become more social and happy to talk to new people. In addition it has helped me get fitter as well. I would highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys being outdoors and mingling with new people. It is a hefty job but very rewarding and fun!
Eilidh: I really enjoyed the weekend gardening as I got to meet new people and do things in a different environment. This helped me become a better person and gave me the opportunity to meet many wonderful new people. At some points you really needed some muscle for example when someone put too much topsoil in the wheelbarrow!
The Faery Trail
Vicki: One of the events we helped set up was a nighttime event called The Faery Trail. We decorated a blackboard to go at the street entrance to Tramway to catch the attention of passersby to come and see the faeries. The faeries were created by a very talented artist Lucas Chih- Peng Kao and were then projected onto different landscapes such as small hills and tree trunks. The Hidden Gardens was decorated with many pretty lights and lanterns to form a fantasy and magical atmosphere. We helped with handing out leaflets and showing people around. It was a fantastic experience!
Eilidh: At the events normally we would help serve food but at The Faery Trail event we were asked to create the sign that people would see when walking towards The Hidden Gardens. At this event we were given the job of showing people which way to go in the dark and helping to keep them safe. To me this is where I really came out of my shell as I had to meet the public. I was the first face they would see before going into The Faery trail and I had to talk to them. All in all it was a very enjoyable experience and after the DofE award, I will probably continue to volunteer here.
Many thanks to our young volunteers Vicki and Eilidh and accompanying adults who reliably turned up for every opportunity, were happy to try new things and turn their hand to any task we asked them. Thank you!
Thanks to our Green Thumbs volunteers, a floral display in our new entrance displays a selection of seasonal flowers and foliage from The Gardens.
In the last couple of months, the entrances leading to The Hidden Gardens have had a makeover. A lovely new large metal sign indicates to visitors coming in from Pollokshaws Road that they are about to enter The Gardens, and our entrance at the back of the Tramway building has been overhauled, with users coming through Tramway and into a kind of foyer, or transitional space, before walking out into the gardens.
The point of this transitional space is to surround visitors with a sense of The Gardens before they actually enter them. The designer of this project suggested that one way to achieve this was by picking and pressing seasonal flowers and foliage from the Gardens, and presenting them alongside the information about the history and role of the space.
Since I have a background in floral design, Paula, our head gardener suggested that this was a project I could take on.
The first task was to create a flower press. Drilling four holes in two pieces of scrap wood left over from building a planter, it was easy to create a large, functioning press. Other volunteers provided bolts, nuts and old newspapers picked up on public transport, with cardboard reused from oversized delivery packaging.
Paula led the selection of flowers and foliage to be pressed, and we started by focussing on the beautiful hellebores that were flowering abundantly. A quick google established that it was likely to take around three weeks for the plants to be suitably dried out by the press, and so during each weekly Green Thumbs session for around a month I worked to choose, pick and press flowers and foliage that might ultimately look good framed and mounted, as well as changing the paper surrounding them to remove as much damp as quickly as possible.
Last week we decided that the first lot of pressed flowers were ready to go. Assembling our Green Thumbs volunteer team (among whom we have a designer, an exhibition curator, a woodworker and an art historian), volunteer Marion carefully cut out squares of paper, and we each chose flowers and created a design to sit in one of the eight mounted Perspex squares in the Tramway entrance.
You can see our efforts for yourself as you walk through to the back of Tramway, into the Hidden Garden foyer, and look at the display to your left. Our longer term goal is to create a library of these pressed flower designs, so that they can be changed with the seasons, indicating to our visitors not only what they can expect to see in The Gardens before they walk through the doors, but also demonstrating volunteer teamwork and our pride in showing off what The Gardens have to offer.
Pausing to ask any of the gardeners and volunteers involved in this project how they feel about their display within the new entranceway, it is amazing how often the response is not only a large smile, but also a desire to talk about how pleased they feel about it, the plants we used and the response they had sharing images of the project on social media:
“The new entrance gives a flavour of what’s to come upon entering the gardens, bringing a little of the outside in.”
“It’s very engaging and help to create a welcoming entrance to the gardens.”
“The artwork helps to highlight the gardens. Gives a bit of identity.”
“It helps us feel a sense of ownership and belonging.”
“The displays of pressed flowers feels a bit like a scavenger hunt, making me want to look out for the living, outdoor versions of the preserved, indoor ones.”
How we volunteers now experience walking into The Gardens, through the new entrance way, has certainly shifted. We see that our display connects the visitor to the garden, reflects the seasons outside and gives a glimpse of what’s growing. We feel proud of what we’ve created, stopping and looking at our artwork before moving outside through the new doors, and it has helped us feel a sense of belonging to the garden we work hard to maintain.
By Ellie, Volunteer
I am part of a group of volunteers at The Hidden Gardens who are working towards gaining Level 1 John Muir Award.
Named after the Scots born naturalist, who is generally considered to be the ‘Father of Modern Conservation’, the John Muir Trust encourages groups and individuals to become involved with the conservation and protection of wildlife areas.
Following Muir’s principles the volunteers will work to meet the Trust’s four challenges of: Discover, Explore, Conserve and Share to obtain their award.
Guided by two staff members the group surveyed the gardens for pollinators with a particular focus on butterflies. Different species were discovered and identified and research was done to gain insight into the habitats and plants needed to support their lifecycle. Many of us were not aware that some species, such as Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell overwinter in hibernation as butterflies! Other species hibernate as caterpillars and pupa.
We went on to explore the gardens to determine what was needed to enhance the environment for our butterfly population. We carried out a survey of all the plants to establish which were beneficial for adult and caterpillar food and also looked for plants that would be vital as hibernation sites as many of the pupa secure themselves to plants over winter. Wild areas in the garden were explored to see if there were places, such as log piles, where adult butterflies could hibernate.
Our present and ongoing task is to conserve and develop the gardens so that they become a haven for butterflies! We have a dedicated meadow area which contains many native species such as nettles, meadow grasses and vetches that can often be seen as weeds but are the vital host plants for the eggs of Painted Lady, Ringlet, Orange-tip and many others. This area is managed to maintain a good diversity of plants by selective ‘weeding out’, plant division and seed collection. We learned that the Cuckoo-Flower is host to Small White, Orange-tip and Green-veined White and are now planning to distribute seedlings into the meadow next Spring. One revelation was that many Red Admiral butterflies migrate to Southern Europe in October! As ivy flowers are a late source of nectar for these and other butterflies we now leave the cutting back of Ivy until late winter.
To allow for successful hibernation we have ring-fenced particular wooded areas to remain undisturbed throughout the winter months.
By undertaking the Award scheme the volunteers are now able to share their knowledge with the garden’s many visitors and encourage them in the nurturing of butterfly- friendly habitats. Plants that we have divided or propagated from collected seed will be on sale in the kiosk together with information about their pollinator friendly attributes.
We hope that this sharing of information will result in a healthy diverse population of butterflies in the area.
Roll on Spring!