Glenfinart Walled Garden Harvest Fair 2017

In response to ‘the harvest’ Glenfinart Walled Garden’s Harvest Fair was held a little earlier this year. Despite a very wet growing season, there was still plenty of fresh organic veg on offer both in its raw state and also in wonderful vegetable soup, preserves and even courgette cake! The orchard offered up delicious pressed apple juice and the now famous Ardentinny home baking ensured a constant stream of customers at the tea tent.

The kids had lots of fun in their own garden space and there was a mini mall of craft and other stalls to tempt the visitor, including more garden produce in the shape of fresh flowers and plants.

Time flew as The Elderly Brothers, along with their young and older guest performers, entertained the crowds with lively song and and expert accompaniment, while everyone’s contribution raised the much appreciated sum of £1310.

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Glenfinart Walled Garden at Kirn Gala

The sun shone last Wednesday evening for the annual Kirn Gala. Glenfinart Walled Garden’s team of Lynn, David and Phyllis were in attendance selling the garden’s organic vegetables, herbs and beautiful bunches of freshly picked flowers. The event raised over £136.

Don’t forget the next big event at Glenfinart Walled Garden – The Harvest Fair on Sunday 17 September. More details soon!

 

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Bubbles and Bubbly at the Big Picnic

Sunday’s Big Picnic at Glenfinart Walled Garden was another resounding success.

What began as a one-off a couple of years ago, having proved so popular, Ardentinny Community Trust has since made it an annual event. This year the Trust provided a free bus from and back to Dunoon, picking up along the regular 489 route.

Families and groups of all ages came along with their picnics and enjoyed the additional goodies and refreshments on offer. Many sang along and danced to the live music, provided by The Elderly Brothers and their guest singers and the children found plenty to amuse them in the kids’ garden while the adults relaxed in the orchard and sensory garden.

Trust funds were augmented by donations at the plant and flower stall and Kilmun surgery hosted a stall which raised £100.This was part of a reciprocal arrangement whereby the Trust’s stall at the Riverbank Surgery’s Saturday event in the Uig Hall raised £140 for the Walled Garden.

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David with the Trust’s stall at the Uig Hall event on Saturday.

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Dementia Awareness Week Celebrations at Glenfinart Walled Garden

On Thursday 1st June the Cowal Befrienders’ Group visited the garden as part of the celebrations for Dementia Awareness Week. Over 25 members and volunteers attended and, despite the rain, a lovely afternoon was had by all. So much so, that they wish to make a return visit and encourage other family members to become involved.

There were lots of activities that everyone enjoyed, including planting of lavender bushes, with tied and named purple ribbons to mark Dementia Awareness and GO Purple, and a lively ‘sing along’ started by Beth, who was quite a well known singer, having connections to the young BeeGees! This, of course, was accompanied by copious amounts of tea and delicious cakes! News of the visit travelled fast, even as far as the Alzheimer Conference Scotland in Edinburgh.

This visit was the first to showcase the garden’s newly levelled easy access road, with parking for the less able. These works were only made possible by grants from Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ and Argyll and Bute Council, for which we are very grateful. The trustees and volunteers of Glenfinart Walled Garden are proud of the fact that the garden is now truly accessible to all.

Our beautiful sensory garden, tranquil orchard, poly-tunnel nursery, children’s garden and vegetable garden provide the perfect place for a relaxing afternoon!

We are officially open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm to 4.30pm….. but if the gate is open you are most welcome!

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Beechgrove Event and Open Garden 23rd – 25th June

Ardentinny Community Trust is pleased to present a wonderful range of weekend events for fans of both the BBC’s long running ‘Beechgrove Programmme’, Ardentinny Walled Garden and Andy McClintock’s amazing garden in Strone.

Events commence on Friday 23rd June, at Younger Memorial Hall at Kilmun, open 7p.m. for 7.30pm, with a showing of the BBC’s Beechgrove Garden programme featuring the creation of the Sensory Garden in 2013 and selected gardens in Ardentinny and along the Shore.

This is followed by a light buffet, raffle and music. There will be a bar throughout.

This great night out has a nominal fee of only £5, tickets are available now from Ardentinny Walled Garden, at the Blairmore Hub on 15th June, or on the night.
Proceeds will benefit the Ardentinny Walled Garden, the Younger Memorial Hall and Ardentinny Bowling Club, who are providing the bar.

Our events continue, with the Walled Garden being open as usual on Saturday and Sunday 24th and 25th from 1.00pm until 4.30pm. Come along and see how our Sensory Garden has grown and matured, since planting commenced in 2013. Bring a picnic and relax in the peaceful surroundings or take away some of the lovely home grown plants, in exchange for a donation. Entrance is Free.

Our final event of the weekend is the kind offering from Andy McClintock to open his beautiful and magical garden on Sunday 25th June, from 1.00pm to 4.30pm at Strone.
for a donation the Walled Garden.

We hope to see you there!

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Easter Fun Day 2017

Despite gloomy conditions, Ardentinny Community Trust’s first Easter Fun Day at Glenfinart Walled Garden was a great success with lots to do including an Easter egg hunt, egg painting, Easter bonnet parade, egg and spoon race, flower pot ping-pong, coconut shy and as usual a superb selection of home baking.

Not to be left out on the fun, the mums and dads had their own hilarious egg and spoon races (see videos below).

The Easter Bonnet parade was judged by a local journalist with Kaitlin Woodside’s creation being declared the winner.

Sculptor Andy McClintock was demonstrating his unique art and also had on display exotic sculptures created by school children.

Thanks to everyone who came along on the day and helped make the event such a success and especially our wonderful bakers!  The Trust would also like to thank all the local companies who contributed to the Easter hamper raffle prize.

Kaitlin Woodside winner of the Easter Bonnets competition

 

A superb selection of home-baking was on sale including empire biscuits to die for!

On the coconut shy

 

Getting ready for the egg and spoon race

Medals all round

The ladies prepare for the egg race

… and the winner is..

Live promotion of the excellent fare on offer

Sculptor Andy McLintock demonstrates his art with young assistant

A young visitor gets some useful advice from Gardener Simon

“All my own work”. Sofia displays her egg art.

The Easter Bonnets were out in force


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Community Trust Newsletter March 2017

Read the latest Ardentinny Community Trust Newsletter here (PDF)

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Garden dazzles in Dunoon

img_0128-2As has become customary, Glenfinart Walled Garden took a stall at the annual Dunoon Dazzle event again this year. There was marmalade, pickles, chutneys, home baking and knitting on sale together with a busy raffle. Just over £350 was raised so a big thank you to all the volunteers who contributed to this.

Anna Williamson.

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Walled Garden summer season culminates with Harvest Fair

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Glenfinart Walled Garden’s open season culminated once again with a successful fund-raising Harvest Fair. The warm sunny day showcased the garden’s autumn hues and there was a raft of things to savour and enjoy. Carefully tended organic vegetables provided rich vegetable soup while apples from the hundred-year-old tree and its younger neighbours supplied crumble, flapjacks and delicious juice.

Live music kept the atmosphere upbeat as visitors took in stalls of Fair Trade goods; arts and crafts; fresh produce; face painting; and kids’ activities. The event raised invaluable revenue to further fund greater infrastructure which in turn extends the garden’s outreach to individuals and communities with varied and specific needs and aspirations.

The garden is now officially closed to visitors until Easter. However, gardener/volunteers’ coordinator, Simon, normally works in the garden with volunteers on Mondays and Thursdays and visitors are welcome to wander around if the gate is open. The garden is also open on the second and last Saturday of the month 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  to accommodate National Park volunteers. Similarly, others are also welcome. Wherever possible, groups requesting to visit the garden on a specific date will also be made welcome.

Those interested in volunteering call Simon on 07962086474 or Lynn (secretary) 07464485380. Tea, coffee and refreshments are provided.

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