Plant Sale and Consultation Afternoon Success!

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. DSC01114

On the Thursday of the plant sale, and the sales team are looking very proud!
On the Wednesday and Thursday of the plant sale, and the sales teams are looking very proud! Heather has also received a Certificate in her Practical Allotment Project.
Ann talking to 2 visitors about the Charity's plans for the future.
Ann talking to 2 visitors about the Charity’s plans for the future.

 

Damon wins medals at Cardiff Athletics Event

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.

Damon proudly showing his athletics medals.
Damon proudly showing his athletics medals.

Friday 4th March

Come along to the Wrexham Lager Club on 4th March for a fun Quiz Night. All proceeds go to Erlas Victorian Walled Garden.

Be there at 8pm for an 8.30pm start. Price to enter is £1 per person. Up to 8 people per team. Prize for the winning team, plus raffle prizes!

Limited parking is available behind the Lager Club, and also in the Architect’s Car Park opposite the Club.

Hope to see you there!

 

Recipe of the month- Lavender Cakes

 

IMG_4020Ingredients:

For the cup-cake mix:

125g (4oz) caster sugar

125g (4oz) SR Flour

2 tbsps. lavender flowers, fresh or dried

125g (4oz) butter, softened

2 medium eggs

2 tsp milk.

For the topping:

300g (11oz) fondant icing sugar

Purple, violet or lilac liquid paste food colouring

Sprigs of lavender to decorate each fairy cake

12 hole bun tray.

Method:

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.IMG_4019

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.

OCTOBER COMPETITION WINNER

Mr Woolberry relaxing in our famous Mulberry Tree
The newly-named Mr Woolberry relaxing in our famous Mulberry Tree

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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Ann Morton presenting Jennifer with her voucher on behalf of Morton & Jones
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Pat, one of our gardeners, with the produce she’s picked that morning as part of the prize.