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. 



December 22, 2019

2019 has been a busy time at Global Gardens. From sowing seeds, planting out, watering in and harvesting at the plot. Writing, weaving and dyeing fabric in the greenhouse. To cracking on with some infrastructural improvements - including installation of a compost toilet and commencement of construction of the Global Gardens kitchen/classroom.  

Land-based Arts and Crafts

This year we hosted a series...

October 5, 2019

I’m not sure what I expected turning up to a ‘stool’ making workshop at Global Gardens. I’ve had a lot of fun at the other workshops they’ve organised, like willow weaving, salad growing, and the introduction to permaculture session, but I was also asked on the sign-up sheet whether I had any experiences with wood working, and green wood working in particular. *gulp*. Apart from my lopsided birdhouses in year 9 DT and helping my dad with the...

September 23, 2019

This weekend artist Cat Lewis of Colourfield joined us at Global Gardens to lead a workshop on berries and nut inks.

Cat encouraged us to collect a range of leaves and berries at the garden and experiment with them as inks. We harvested blackberries, elderberries and grapes as well as weld and woad leaves from the dye patch.

Plants in the dye patch: Weld, Woad and Madder

We macerated the berries and leaves, adding water and/or alcohol to the p...

September 7, 2019

On the last day of August, while the weather went wild – thrashing rain one minute, scorching sun the next - we sat inside the greenhouse for our third Global Gardens creative writing workshop.

This time round, I asked our small group of writers to focus on the theme of ‘making the ugly beautiful’, with the idea that things usually seen as unpleasant, repellent or unwanted can be viewed in other lights.

This is an idea that has started to emer...

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 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...

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 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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