Autumn Event Celebrates Mollie, Ming and Jo Malone London Sun 27 Sept September 22, 2015


Our Autumn Event will have celebration at the centre of its festivities. Martineau Gardens (Edgbaston, Birmingham UK) will be celebrating community spirit, the autumn harvest and healthy, outdoor eating at our special event on Sunday 27 September (11am – 3pm).  Mollie Martineau (1-9-1926 to 15-8-2015), Patron for Martineau Gardens has died peacefully.  Community garden staff, volunteers and supporters will be remembering her with affection. Ming de Nasty will be launching her latest photography project ‘Sufficient’ and inviting events goers to take part. The outdoor kitchen at Martineau Gardens will be officially opened with a bake-off around the earth-oven thanks to a donation of £7,000 by community minded staff at fragrance house Jo Malone London.

Mollie Martineau’s support for Martineau Gardens will be marked by a speech at 12.30. Martineau Gardens owes its name to the Martineau Family.  Five generations of Martineaus contributed to Birmingham civic life by sitting as councillors and becoming Mayor.

Photographer Ming de Nasty is inviting growers and urban farmers to have their portrait taken with things they have grown or produced; be it a prize winning cabbage or an unusual shaped carrot.  ‘Sufficient’ is a year long photographic project, exploring people in the city who grow and produce. These images will be used to create an outdoor display at Martineau Gardens in spring 2016. This opportunity is free and participants get a free photograph on the day.

Martineau Gardens aims to inspire a move away from fast-food, by making healthy eating and food preparation fun. A newly renovated outdoor kitchen, built by volunteers, using wood from the Gardens and paid for by a generous donation from  staff at Jo Malone London, is making that more possible. The outdoor kitchen will be opened at the event. Caroline Hutton, Director at Martineau Gardens explains:

“Seeing how food grows, picking fruit, tasting honey, digging up onions, snipping herbs, lighting a fire and cooking food over it, are experiences which are inspiring and get to the heart of what Martineau Gardens represents.”

The family friendly event will also include apple pressing, seasonal produce sales, children’s environmental craft activities, gardening workshops and live music from local performers, plus delicious home-made cakes, salads and sandwiches and other refreshments, inspired by the garden harvest.

Admission fee for the Autumn Event is non-members £3, concessions £1, families £6 and free to members/friends. The Gardens are at 27 Priory Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B5 7UG. Located five minutes from the MAC and opposite the Priory Hospital. Information at or by calling 0121 440 7430. Additional public parking for this event will be at the Priory Hospital (across the road) by kind permission of the hospital.

For more details of what’s planned and who’s performing – visit our Autumn Event page here: Autumn Event