WORKSHOP: THE SMALL THINGS THAT GROW

September 11 → 2:00 pm3:30 pm

King Street Halls, Kirkwall

“When nothing else is certain, it is wise to return to the small things that grow.”

We can all make a difference with plants, says Victoria Bennett, and when we do, we can find that we make a difference for ourselves. She outlines the story told in her book All My Wild Mothers, how in the rubble of a former industrial site she and her young son began to grow a wild apothecary garden: daisy, for resilience; dandelion, for strength against adversity; sow thistle, to life melancholy; and borage, to bring hope in dark and difficult times. Remember, she says, that the weeds of today were often cultivated in the past for nutrition or healing, and that they grow where things that have been damaged, and we can learn from their resilience. After a break, for some herb tea and Orkney biscuits, there’s an opportunity to explore how you might embark on a growing project of your own, whether restoring land or adding life by a window or doorstep.

Numbers limited: booking essential. Tickets £8.

“Each year, we find new life – cowslip and cranesbill, bird’s foot-trefoil and field scabious –
their seeds awoken from dormancy by our digging. The micro-meadow my son sowed now thrives with wildflowers – yellow rattle, yarrow, red campion, forget-me-not, vetch. Under the shelter of the greengage tree, hedgehogs root for bugs in fallen leaves, and honeycaps sprout from the decaying wood.”

– Victoria Bennett, All My Wild Mothers
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