A big thank-you to everyone who visited the gardens over our 4 day plant sale in April. We made £813, which was a huge achievement, and confirms that at this time of the year, many people plan to make their gardens look beautiful and hopefully our selection of plants will have gone some way to achieve this…
We also hosted a consultation meeting for our community, with a short presentation by Ann Morton on the Garden’s History and Development so far, followed by an explanation of the Charity’s Future Development Vision by the Chair, Geoff Rate. The talks were supported by testimonies from Gwen Hughes (mum to a Damon, a beneficiary); from Nickki Lynch, a tutor to the supported learning students from Coleg Cambria who visit us every Friday; and from Paul Mayers, who works with the armed forces veterans who have started volunteering at the walled gardens. Everyone filled in a questionnaire, and many more visitors also did so during the course of 4 days, so thank you to all.
Earlier this April, one of our students, Damon Hughes, travelled down to Cardiff and took part in a number of athletic events, including the 60 metre sprint, the relay, the shot-put and the long jump. Damon was awarded with 2 silver medals and 2 bronze medals, and we can see his pride when Damon brought the medals into the project to show his fellow students and friends last Friday.
Purple, violet or lilac liquid paste food colouring
Sprigs of lavender to decorate each fairy cake
12 hole bun tray.
Set oven at 190 C or Gas Mark 5. Butter the bun tray/or place cup cake holders in each ‘well’..
Combine all the ingredients for the cake mix together in a food processor (or by hand), and distribute the mixture equally between the 12 bun ‘wells’. Place into oven and cook for 15-18 minutes, or until the buns have risen and are golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
Meanwhile, prepare the topping by mixing the ingredients together with sufficient water to make an easily spreadable icing. When cooled, top each bun with this mixture, and then decorate finally with a small sprig of lavender.
Note: Dried lavender grown in the walled gardens was used in this recipe, but we do not grow the lavender for culinary purposes. However, as the lavender is not sprayed, it is safe to eat, and the cup-cakes were enjoyed by my grandchildren, with no side effects! (Ann Morton’s grand-children)
The lavender is regularly used in the craft class to make unique and unusual gifts, which are available to buy either at our Open Day on 18th June or at our Craft Fayre on 19th November, this year.
We are pleased to announce the winner of our ‘Name the Mulberry’ Competition as Mrs Jennifer Davies from Wrexham, who named our new friend Mr ‘Woolberry’.
Jennifer visited the garden along with her husband to collect her prizes, a selection of fresh produce from our Garden along with a £25 Garden voucher kindly donated by Morton & Jones – who have been providing quality roofline and landscaping products to transform your home and garden since 1984.
We are always looking for local businesses to donate prizes for our competition so if you run, or know of, a small business that can help and would like a mention on our website, please get in touch.
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