Spend A Penny

Today we are launching our Spend A Penny fundraising appeal.

As many of you will know and will have experienced, getting caught short while in the west garden means a long uphill dash to the main toilet facilities at the top of the site in the education building. Quite an uncomfortable experience for those with full mobility, a very challenging experience for those with mobility or visual impairments.

And we have been welcoming an ever increasing number of visitors and groups to our wonderful garden which is putting even greater strain on our current facilities

Our plan is to build a new toilet block (consisting of 2 accessible toilet cubicles) in the west garden; this will also have the added advantage of allowing us to open the west garden to visitors without the need to have the whole site open, which will be particularly useful when we have groups using the roundhouse after normal opening hours.

We need £35,000 to build the new block. Our first target is to raise £1000 to fund the building design, planning / building consent and preparatory ground clearance.
In order to make this an affordable project, certain aspects will be completed by volunteers. As the project progresses we will have further funding targets, for bricks & mortar, porcelain goods & some labour, enabling us to complete each phase in a planned and achievable way.

The simplest way to help, is to donate via our fundraising appeal by clicking here.

Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you all to our garden.

 

 

 

Ceiriog Valley Garden Society Visit – 9 July 2019

We were delighted to welcome members of the Ceiriog Valley Garden Society to the Garden this afternoon.

They were welcomed by Libby who set the scene by giving a brief overview of the Erlas estate and garden through the last 300 years, as well as the history of the Erlas Victorian Walled Garden charity and its achievements over the last 15 years.

The tour rounded off with tea and cake in the roundhouse.

The garden is open weekdays for the sale of plants and seasonal vegetables from 11:00  – 14:30.

Please contact us if you would like to organise a group visit.

A walk around the garden took in
the fragrant and colourful Sweet Peas.

 

The pond seemed to hold everyone’s attention
as did the courgettes growing in a no dig plot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Fayre – 6th July 2019

We are looking forward to seeing you all at our summer fayre this coming Saturday, 6th July 2019, from 1pm – 4pm.

The garden is looking fabulous and preparations are well underway to ensure that all our visitors have a great time at our summer fayre, which this year features a performance by Wrexham Singing Hands at 2pm.

There will be a variety of craft, tombola and raffle stalls as well as refreshments. The weather forecast is looking good for the weekend so you will be able to stroll around our beautiful garden and see it at its summer best.

 

Our plant stall will be open for sales; come prepared to take home some new additions for your own garden.

Admission is £1 Adults, children free.

See you Saturday.

You can keep up to date with all the latest news from the garden via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Summer Fayre – Saturday 6th July 2019

We are delighted to announce that following the postponement of the Summer Fayre due to the extreme weather this week, it has now been rescheduled.

The Summer Fayre will now be on Saturday 6th July 2019 from 1pm – 4pm.

We hope that we will see you in our beautiful garden for what is always a great event.

Please share this post with your family and friends to ensure that everybody interested is aware of the revised date.

As well as our website you can keep up to date with what’s happening in the garden by following us on Facebook. Click here to see our Facebook page.

Open Day Saturday 15th June 2019

There was lots of activity in the garden today as we prepare for our Open Day which is on Saturday 15th June 2019 at 1pm – 4pm.

As well as the beautiful garden to view there will be craft stalls, plant sales, tombola, a raffle and the Tenovus Choir to keep you entertained. We will also be serving refreshments for your enjoyment.

Admission is £1 for adults, children free. We look forward to welcoming old and new friends alike.

 

We were delighted to welcome a volunteer group from the Department of Work and Pensions today, who were kept busy painting the new safety fence which is in the process of being constructed. It is great when local groups come and volunteer with us; giving their time to charitable projects is a valuable contribution to the local community for which we are most grateful. We always welcome groups who can help us; please contact us if you are able to give your services in this way.

 

 

 

 

 

Elsewhere in the garden much effort was being put in to weeding the vegetable beds to ensure that they not only look their best but the vegetables get the best opportunity to grow as well.

Emily, Cathy and Jane were busy picking peas and mange tout to fulfil a vegetable order for a local restaurant who pride themselves on using locally grown produce.

 

 

 

 

 

The wild life in the garden were also very busy today; one bush in particular was alive with bees collecting nectar.

And over at the bird hide and feeding station, the resident squirrel was eyeing up how he could get at the nuts in the bird feeder, while a hungry feathered friend was ignoring the squirrel’s efforts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can see all this and more during the open day on 15th June. We look forward to seeing you there.

EVWG From The Air

Have you ever wondered what EVWG looks like from above? Well thanks to the camera and drone flying skills of EVWG supporter Steven Latham, you can now see.

Click on the picture to see a full screen version (opens in new window).

What a great picture; taken during the Easter holiday weekend in 2019, when the sunshine showed the garden in its full spring glory. Many thanks to Steven for the photo.

Forthcoming events:

Following the success of our recent plant sale and National Garden Scheme open day, our next event will be on Saturday 15th June 2019 when we will be opening our doors for our Summer Fayre. We will be open from 13:00 – 16:00 and we look forward to meeting old and new friends alike. Admission will be £1 with free entry for under 16s.

National Garden Scheme – Sunday 19th May 2019

Sunday 19th May 2019, 10:30 – 15:30: we are excited that for the very first time we will be opening to the public under the National Garden Scheme on Sunday 19th May between 10:30 – 15:30.

Admission (Proceeds to the National Garden Scheme Charities):

Adult: £3.50   Child: Free

Light refreshments will be on sale as will a variety of plants and vegetables grown in our garden, the proceeds from which will go directly towards funding and improving Erlas Victorian Walled Garden.

Our students and volunteers have been working hard to ensure that the garden is at its best so that visitors can enjoy their visit to the full.

We look forward to meeting new and old friends alike, and welcoming you to our beautiful garden, a place of solace and inspiration for all.

Forthcoming Events – Dates for your diary:

Summer Fayre – Saturday 15th June 2019, 13:00 – 16:00

National Garden Scheme 2nd Open Day – Sunday 15th September 2019, 10:30 – 15:30

Christmas Fayre – Saturday 16th November 2019, 13:00 – 15:30

 

 

Plant Sale Now On

Our plant sale started on Wednesday 24th April and continues until Saturday 27th April. We have a large range of range of bedding plants, annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetable plants all on sale at reasonable prices.

We will be open from 10:00 – 15:00 each day with a special late night opening until 19:00 on Thursday 25th.

We look forward to seeing you at our beautiful garden over the next few days. Come along for a chat, browse our plant sale and stock up ready to make your own garden a glorious place to spend time in during coming months.

Forthcoming Events

We have a number of exciting events coming up in the next few weeks where we will be delighted to welcome new visitors and to see old friends alike.

Gardening Club 18th April 2019: 

A few weeks back we floated the idea of a gardening club at Erlas Victorian Walled Garden. We were blown away by the response so we are hosting a pop in session, on Thursday 18th April 15:30 – 18:30, at the garden to gauge the enthusiasm, find out what you would like from a gardening club and how you can help us!

If you have any queries, suggestions or won’t be able to attend but would like to be involved, please email kate.harcus@erlas.org

 

 

Plant Sale 24th April – 27th April 2019:

We will be holding our plant sale from Wednesday 24th April – Saturday 27th April where we will have a large range of range of bedding plants, annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetable plants all on sale at reasonable prices.

We will be open from 10:00 – 15:00 each day with a special late night opening until 19:00 on the Thursday.

As well as plant sales you will be most welcome to have a look around our beautiful garden?

Future Events:

We have a number of other exciting events planned for 2019 including:

Sunday 19th May: National Garden Scheme  10.30am – 3.30pm.

Saturday 15th June: Summer Fayre:   1pm – 4pm.

Sunday 15th September: second NGS garden opening, 10.30am – 3.30pm.

Saturday 16th November: Christmas Fayre , 1pm – 3.30pm

Further information will be available closer to the time and you can also keep up to date with our latest events on our Forthcoming Events page or our Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/erlasvwg/events/

We look forward to seeing you at these events and please feel free to share with your family and friends.

 

 

Marching Into Spring

This time last year we were battling the arctic conditions of the Beast from the East. In recent weeks the weather in the garden has been wonderful, and makes us feel like spring is already here, even though the calendar still says winter. Our greenhouse is bursting at the seams with seedlings, including antirrhinums for our plant sale, onions which we have grown from seed, sweet peas for planting in the garden, and much more besides. The seed potatoes are chitting so that they should be ready for planting after the middle of March.

The rhubarb forcers are already hard at work preparing early season rhubarb both for us, and for Caffi Florence, at Loggerheads near Mold, who we supply with fresh seasonal produce. It is very unusual, but quite exciting for us to be supplying fresh produce so early in the year.

Over the winter months Greg has been working away at new signage for our fruit trees (we have 112), which will help us, and visitors to our lovely garden, see just what a wide variety of fruit we grow. In particular, we hope the new signs will help us manage our apple harvest better, so that we know which apples we can pick and store (and for how long), and which ones need eating straight from the tree.

 

Another on-going project is the creation of more raised beds around the garden to provide more opportunities for less able adults to get involved with gardening. We are working with brick-laying students from the local college who are spending one day per week in the garden constructing long-lasting brick raised beds for us, as well as other much-needed brickwork renovation around the garden.

Thanks to a generous donation last year, we have been able to purchase some more climbing roses for the north-facing wall at the bottom of the west garden. The roses, a mix of dark red and peach, arrived in early January, and were planted by Emma. Hopefully we will have a fantastic display this summer, and the flowers will contribute to production of our dried flower confetti.

 

Our horticultural director Richard Lewis ran a pruning course in the garden, for 4 of our fantastic volunteers, so that over the next few years they can help us maintain healthy and productive, fruit trees.

 

 

Our annual series of events and open days is expanding again this year; in addition to the Summer and winter fayres, we are adding a late night shopping evening to our plant sale in April, which will allow more people to access us after work. We are also opening twice this year under the National Garden Scheme, in May and September. Crikey! 2019 is going to be a really busy year.