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Of Fetes and Tongue Twisters

I've just spent another lovely Saturday afternoon in Arlington Square Gardens, where I'd been invited back to do something poetic at the annual Summer fete. And what we mostly did was tongue twisters. Let's be fair, the poet is not as popular as the hog roast, but I was pleased to gather some posses … [Read more...]

Open Garden Squares Weekend

The weather was not exactly kind to Open Garden Squares weekend - but there was not too much rain and the sun put in a cameo appearance on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Although Saturday morning visitors were a small band a hardy few came early to pick up their 'Symmetry Breakfasts' which … [Read more...]

Trees and stuff

One week to go to and it's time to talk trees. One of the first things the community gardening group gave me was a plan of the trees in the garden. It gave both the latin and common names for each tree. This led me in several directions. The first stop was Wikipedia. It's not a source should … [Read more...]

Making a form: The Arlington

As part of my residency I wanted some poems in the garden for visitors to read. They need to be reasonably short, so that they are approachable and easy to display. I've found some card holders which will push into the soil and hold a postcard or similar that I hope will do the job. Now for the … [Read more...]

Arlington Square Gardens: starting out

I'm delighted to be part of the Mixed Borders project for London Open Garden Squares weekend, 13-14th June. I'm going to be poet in Residence in Arlington Square Gardens, in Islington. If you don't know it, this garden is a gem. Yes, it is a public open space, a recreational park for all, but the … [Read more...]