Sow-a-thon at Cardiff’s Atrium

Last week, I received an invitation to a Facebook event titled Sow-A-Thon at the Atrium, run by Michele Fitzsimmons (under the guise of Edible Landscaping). The event was to kick off a project to create a living display for the end of year graduation show; “to create a display which incorporates huge amounts of plants, props and non-living displays and multimedia projections which work in with the living material.”

Photojournalist Lili Piggot went along to witness the kick-off event…

Ty Gwydr - The Greenhouse - 'Sow-a-thon'

Ty Gwydr - The Greenhouse - 'Sow-a-thon'

Ty Gwydr - The Greenhouse - 'Sow-a-thon'

Ty Gwydr - The Greenhouse - 'Sow-a-thon'

Ty Gwydr - The Greenhouse - 'Sow-a-thon'

Ty Gwydr - The Greenhouse - 'Sow-a-thon'

There’s a nice feature on Michele and her work in garden design and other outdoor activities on Gwion Thorpe’s Inspiring Cardiff blog: Michele Fitzsimmons.

Ty Gwydr - The Greenhouse - 'Sow-a-thon'

Ty Gwydr - The Greenhouse - 'Sow-a-thon'

Ty Gwydr - The Greenhouse - 'Sow-a-thon'

Ty Gwydr - The Greenhouse - 'Sow-a-thon'

Ty Gwydr - The Greenhouse - 'Sow-a-thon'

Now the Sow-A-Thon is over, Michele still needs people to help out with creating the living display. All sorts of skills are needed – carpentry, craft skills, painting skills, photography and gardening skills. As well as physical help, Michele also needs help with material and plants, in particular plants in pots that you could loan to the show for example. Things like exterior ply and timber are needed for the raised beds that need to be constructed. Basically if you can think of, she is likely to need it.

Ty Gwydr - The Greenhouse - 'Sow-a-thon'

Ty Gwydr - The Greenhouse - 'Sow-a-thon'

Ty Gwydr - The Greenhouse - 'Sow-a-thon'

For more information about the project contact Michele on ediblelandscaping@gmail.com. I can’t wait to see the final display…!

Michele also runs a whole series of courses, from hedgerow foraging to growing a successful fruit garden. See all the courses here: Edible Landscaping – Courses

As an aside… If you’re interested in this sort of thing, then check out this event happening this Saturday 22 March 2014 at Roath’s MADE Gallery: Gut Feelings – a day of fermentation and social imagination: “A day of talks and practical workshops inspired by micro-organisms. Learn how to ferment veg, make sourdough and yoghurt whilst discussing cultural growth on a macro & micro level. Booking essential as places are limited – contact cardiffm.a.d.e@gmail.com or ring 02920 473373”

 

All photographs taken at the Atrium in Cardiff by Lili Piggot. Lili is studying Photojournalism at the University of South Wales: see the departmental Twitter @PhotoJ_USW; Tumblr; see also Photojournalism course info for next year.

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