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Patchwork Meadow coming to the Eden Project in Cornwall


Preparations are being made to set up the Patchwork Meadow exhibition at the Eden Project in Cornwall. We are very excited to be working with this great venue to showcase the botanical and textile talents of so many artists. There will be hundreds of miniature works of botanical art on display and we hope they will be enjoyed by the thousands of visitors to the Eden Project in summer 2015.

We will post more information and pictures as soon as we have confirmed dates.

Wildflower festivals in Slovenia & Bulgaria 2015


Bohinj in the Julian Alps of Slovenia will celebrate its 9th International Wildflower Festival this year and will run from May 23rd until June 7th 2015. There is a full range of activities, concerts, botanical walks, culinary treats and exhibitions. There will also be events around the plants of the First World War to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the conflict. Please click here to find out more about the festival in Bohinj.

There will also be a third wildflower festival in the Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria which will run from the 20 to the 28th of June. Again there will be a wide range of botanical and cultural activities from workshop and walks to food and music. Please click here to find out more about the activities going on in the mountains of southern Bulgaria.

The wildflower festivals are run by dedicated staff and volunteers who give lots of their time to celebrate the beauty of these places and to try and bring economic benefit to the communities who live there. They are remarkable places and well worth visiting and learning more about their nature, history and present day cultural activities.

Exhibitions Latest – Harold Hillier Gardens & Crieff Library


The Patchwork Meadow Exhibition opens at the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Romsey Hampshire on Saturday 20th December. The exhibition will run at least until the 11th of January and the Gardens are open from 10 until 5 daily, last entry 4pm. There will be early closing at 3pm on Christmas Eve, Wednesday 24th and the Gardens will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Admission Charges apply to the Harold Hillier Gardens. Please find all information about ticket prices and how to get there at the Gardens Website.

Panels from across the UK will be on display as well as 100 squares from Slovenia, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria.

The last square in the Commonwealth Flowers Project was submitted last week – the Mulanje Cedar of Malawi by Elspeth Coutts of the Perthshire Organic Gardeners Group. 2 Panels of 49 squares celebrating Commonwealth National Plants are currently on display at Strathearn Community Library.

New Report & Exhibition in Perth


Latest News from Wildflower Europe & the Commonwealth Games Project

4 new reports for the Wildflower Europe project are available to download from our Resources Page . ‘Wildflower Europe – the people who made it happen’ is a publication celebrating the stories of a small selection of the many thousands of people who took part across Europe. The Community History Archive report demonstrates the principles behind developing community driven archiving projects and examples from pilot work in Croatia, Romania and Slovenia. There are also 3 beautifully illustration reports from the partners – the UK Patchwork Meadow publication, the Romanian ‘Flowers in the Pot’ publication and the Slovenian ‘Flowers in Bohinj’ publication.

The UK Patchwork Meadow Project, the Commonwealth Flowers Project and 100 squares from Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Slovenia are now on display at the Fair Maid’s House (Royal Scottish Geographical Society) in Perth. The exhibition is installed but the opening has been delayed slightly due to unforeseen building works. It will be back on track and open Tuesday to Saturdays from the 17th September until the 24th October 2014.

FREE ADMISSION to the exhibition. The Fair Maid’s House is part of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society Building in Perth (15-19 North Port, PH1 5LU) just behind the Horse Cross Theatre.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday (12.30 to 4) The building is staff by volunteers so it is worth gving a quick call beforehand if you are making a long journey (01738 455050)

Plantlife would like to thank the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for the support in hosting this exhibition.

Commonwealth Flowers Exhibition opens in Glasgow


*NEW* Extended Deadline – the exhibition will run until the 20th of August in the Boiler House of the Hidden Gardens

The Commonwealth Flowers and Patchwork Meadow Exhibition is now up and running at the Hidden Gardens in Glasgow. We managed to coincide with the Queen’s Baton Relay yesterday as we were setting up.

The exhibition is free to all and open Tuesday to Saturday 10am until 8pm and on Sundays 12pm until 6pm. The exhibition runs from the 23rd of July until the newly extended end date of the 20th of August. The main exhibition is hosted in the Boiler House and there will be three banners outside in the garden. Plantlife would like to thank the Hidden Gardens for their support in hosting this exhibition. This project is funded by the Celebrate It fund.

Hidden Gardens (behind the Tramway Centre) – 25A Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE. Nearest train station Pollokshields East.

There are squares celebrating national and culturally important plants from across the Commonwealth from Asia, Africa, the Pacific, the Caribbean, the South Atlantic and Europe. Imagine yourself in the forests, islands, mountains, jungles, lakes and deserts of the Commonwealth and enjoy the skill of the many different contributors. There are also examples from other European countries on display here. The squares have been created by organisations and individuals across the UK, Europe and North America. Many of the Commonwealth squares were created by Madderty Primary School in Perthshire and at two workshops during Scottish Refugee Week.

There are squares celebrating the glorious diversity within the Commonwwealth.

Many squares celebrate the cultural richness of wild plants within Scotland. Included in the exhibition are 3 thistles – one made by a Scottish school boy of 6 years, another by a Scottish gentleman of 96 years and another by a Sri Lanka lady, Doreen Goonetilleke, who has lived in Scotland for the past 35 years.

There are squares celebrating the Scottish Clan Badge plants, ancient battle emblems. These have been contributed by Clan Associations in Scotland, America and New Zealand.

We hope that you will enjoy the exhibition and please leave any comments in the visitors book. The exhibition will open at the Fair Maid’s House (Royal Scottish Geographical Society) in Perth on the 26th of August and will run until the 24th of October.

To find out more about the national plants of the Commonwealth please download the factsheets here.

African Commonwealth Plants

Americas and European Commonwealth National and Cultural Plants

Asian and Pacific Commonwealth National and Cultural Plants British Overseas Territories National and Cultural Plants