Tuesday, May 05, 2009

The Family Kitchen Garden

by Karen Liebreich, Jutta Wagner and Annette Wendland
Price: £16.99
Publication date: 14th May 2009

“Five years ago one of us climbed over a wall and discovered a secret garden, overgrown and neglected for decades . . . it was a jungle of bindweed and bramble, lying just fifty metres from one of the busiest main roads linking central London to its principal airport, a long-forgotten corner of the grounds of Chiswick House.” From the introduction

Five years ago Karen Liebreich, Jutta Wagner, Annette Wendland and others began to restore this secret garden – a neglected seventeenth-century kitchen garden - at Chiswick House in west London, bringing in hundreds of local schoolchildren to work and learn and garden and eat. This book is the fruit of that experience. With the emphasis on what will be fun to grow and suitable for a family, it provides clear instructions on growing vegetables, fruit, herbs and cutting flowers, and month-by-month advice on what to do when as well passing on child-relevant tips on how to garden with children so that both the adult and the child enjoy it! There are recipes using homegrown fruit and veg that kids (as well as adults) will want to make and eat - from oriental summer rolls and homemade ketchup to parsnip crisps and fruit ice lollies - and projects that are accessible to the whole family, such as building a ladybird nesting house and weaving a willow wigwam for climbing plants.

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Book launch at Wholefoods Supermarket, Kensington High Street, London W8 5SE. For further information please call Wholefoods on 020 7368 4500

Monday 11th May, 5pm - Karen, Jutta & Annette will be getting the kids to plant seeds, painting plant labels and making some simple food at the Kids Club. NB: the Kids Club must be pre-booked. For further information and to book a space, please call Wholefoods on 020 7368 4500 or visit their Q Bar instore on the Ground Floor.

Saturday 16th May, 10am – Another opportunity to join with Karen, Jutta & Annette and do some more planting seeds, painting plant labels and making some simple food at the Kids Club as above. Again places must be booked.

Saturday 16th May, 12-3pm - A chance to meet the authors informally on the ground floor of Wholefoods. Just turn up, taste one of their delicious recipes, get lots of information on how to get going on growing your own fruit and veg and get your book signed.

On Saturday 23rd May, 11am Annette and Jutta will be at Waterstones in Chiswick. Come and help them plant some seeds and get some great ideas of what you might enjoying growing with your children in your garden. Waterstones, 220-226 Chiswick High Road, London. W4 1PD. Contact: Lara Tel: 8995 3559. for further information. Free