Have a Grow Day

Come along and get involved at Lavender Place Community Gardens. As part of Social Farms & Gardens "Have a Grow" initiative, we are opening the gardens for range of activities on Saturday 18th June 2022 from 10am to 4pm.

We're going to have some gardening sessions and a herbal walk, plus introductions to yoga and qigong. We'll also have the Reading Food Growing Network's seed swap, so please bring along surplus seeds to swap.

You are welcome at any time during the day to visit the gardens, swap seeds, or relax with a picnic. There will be arts and crafts activities all afternoon, so you can join in with glass painting, knitting, stone sculpting and more.

All the sessions are free. 

10am - 12noon

Have a Grow at Gardening

Gardening sessions - planting, sowing and watering. Please bring gardening gloves if you have any.

12noon - 1pm

Spinning with Andrew

Demonstration of spinning.

12noon - 1:30pm

Leaf printing with Liz

Come and try printing leaves and small wild plants (weeds and grass stems) to create mementoes of the vegetation!

12noon - 2pm

Nettle cordage with Mark CANCELLED

We've had to postpone the demonstration of nettle cordage to a later date. Please email info@lavenderplace.org.uk if you want to join us, and we'll let you know once it's arranged.

12:30pm onwards

Glass painting with Lu

Demonstration of glass painting. Please bring glass items to paint, or you can decorate one of our glass jars.


Herbal Walk with Miska

Miska will lead a walk around part of the gardens, looking at the plants and explaining how they can be used for wellbeing. www.mistemica.com


Yoga with Roopun

A cordial Greeting and introduction to Yoga, warm up postures including Sun Salutation, breathing exercises, relaxation and ending with Laughter Yoga

30 - 40 minute session. Please bring a mat if you have one.


Qigong with Michael

Qigong is a health exercise system that is part of traditional Chinese Medicine; Qi is the Chinese name for universal energy and Gong means art or training. So, Qigong means the art of energy and in particular refers to developing life energy for health, internal power and mind cultivation. Come and join us and experience the benefits

About 45 minutes long. Please wear loose fitting clothing and suitable flatish footwear

3 - 4pm

Stone carving with Andrew

Have-a-Go stone carving sessions where anyone from ages 9 and up can get involved. Reading-based Sculptor McAlistair Hood will also be happy to answer questions for those who might like to enrol for any of his stone carving courses