Global Gardens Project is a community growing project based in Cardiff. 


Our vision is to create a growing space that supports community-based sharing of food and cultures.  


We have an allotment site where we are cultivating an organic kitchen garden, celebrating crops from around the world.


The crops grown are used in our quarterly community suppers and shared within the local community.


We also have a mobile pizza oven which is available for community events. 



September 1, 2019

Anthotypes and cyanotypes are a type of photographic printing invented in the mid 19th century by the scientist and the Renaissance man of the day sir John Herschel. It was the time when lots of other printing processes and indeed photography itself were being elaborated.

What is anthotype printing?

Anthotype prints. The print on the left is made using beetroot juice, and the print on the right is made with a mixture of tumeric, raspberry, str...

August 2, 2019

Dear Lovely People who gathered to cook and eat at the last Global Gardens workshop and supper on 29 July:

I really enjoyed being with you all, and wanted to follow up with some thoughts and reminders about what we cooked together celebrating the mid-summer glut.

We talked about cucumbers and courgettes.

We showed how salting and letting them sit concentrated flavour.

We showed how both can be eaten raw or cooked.

We made a raw grated courgette s...

July 28, 2019

Artist Lucy Mebarki led a workshop at Global Gardens this weekend all about beeswax. Lucy is a sculptor and works with beeswax for bronze casting. But she also enjoys experimenting with it for domestic use. 

 What is beeswax?

Bees convert sugar from honey into wax using a gland in the abdomen. it comes out in flakes, which are chewed by other bees. The resulting substance is used to build the comb.

"Wax is at the same time malleable and fragile...

July 24, 2019

Today we went on a Global Gardens field trip to Hortus Heart - the home and land project of Kai Lange and Lucy Voelcker. 

Kai with goat and cockerel 

Kai has been helping us at Global Gardens over the last year to develop the Global Gardens every Wednesday. This trip was a great chance for a group of regular volunteers to learn more about the other work Kai is involved in.

Hortus Heart is a project about creative processes of engaging with the...

July 7, 2019

Aphelion marks the point when the sun is furthest from the Earth. In collaboration with Spit and Sawdust, the artists Johana Hartwig and Anthony Shapland and the Aurora Trinity Collective we celebrated this event with a festival at the Global Gardens site.

The morning began at dawn with an installation piece ‘As clear as the day is long’ by Johana Hartwig to mark the rising of the sun. This first hour is a chance to experience it in the quie...

July 2, 2019

Roughly two weeks after the summer solstice the Earth reaches its apsis Aphelion – the point when the sun is furthest from the Earth.

Spit & Sawdust and Global Gardens are celebrating this time with a day-long event that will include artworks by artists Johana Hartwig and Anthony Shapland, workshops, communal meals and actions.

A chance to pause and ponder the dark and light, day and night, the opposites, extremes, natural cycles, patterns...

June 26, 2019

For the June Supper, the theme was gut health. We were joined by Laure of Absorb Health who is training to be a naturopath. Laure shared some top tips on how to promote a healthy gut and shared some delicious samples of her water kefir.

Here is some more info from Laure about what water kefir is...

What is water kefir?

Water Kefir is a health promoting drink, known as Tibiscos in South America, it derives from the Cactus plant in Mexico. It is...

June 11, 2019

We are excited to introduce our first writer in resident, Lucy Smith!

Lucy (far left in the photo above) has been involved in Global Gardens for almost two years now, first of all as a volunteer. Lucy is a writer and has facilitated a number of creative writing workshops in the garden this year. During the Tyfu i Ddysgu/Growing to Learn Cardiff University project, Lucy was writer-in-resident at Riverside Community Garden for March-April and w...

June 10, 2019

Last weekend a group of six of us went for a short course at the Coppicewood College in Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire. The course covered coppicing and greenwood craft. It was a fantastic experience, we all learnt so much and had a great time. A big thanks goes to Claire and David for such a well run course, they were incredibly knowledgeable and equally friendly! Over the course of the weekend we made two shavehorses for Global Gardens.


June 3, 2019

Artist Cat Lewis led a workshop on botanical dyes this weekend at the garden. Cat is a textile artist with a wealth of experience working with natural dyes. She runs a workshop called Cat Colourfield. In this workshop, we focussed on the range of botanical dyes that could be found in the garden.  

To get started, Cat introduced one of the most simple methods of dyeing - ecoprinting.

We gathered a range of leaves, flowers, roots and bark and la...

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