Summer Garden Party Auction Brochure July 10, 2018

Martineau Gardens Summer Garden Party and Charity Auction – Saturday 14th July 4pm til 8pm

Tickets £15 – advance purchase essential!

Food, wine, live music, charity auction and raffle

Enjoy the shady, floral, scented areas of our newly opened Courtyard Garden

It’s just a few days until the return of the Martineau Gardens Summer Garden Party and Charity Auction, taking place on Saturday 14th July 4pm til 8pm. In our 21st year as a Community Garden, this looks to be a bumper year for the event with great auction lots and raffle prizes.

Hot off the press, our Auction Brochure is available here – please enjoy a preview ahead of the party – just click on the brochure image.

For a sneak preview of what to look out for on the night, read the following, provided by our Chair of Trustees and event organiser, Sue Roberts:

“To whet your appetite, here’s a very special one day trip for two.  I have long hoped to have a luxury train trip in our auction and am delighted to be including it this year.

A trip for 2 to the RHS Tatton Flower Show on Friday, 20th July, aboard the Luxury Northern Belle train.  The Northern Belle is a private luxury train launched in 2000 after careful restoration by Venice-Simplon Orient Express. Your trip will include: 

    • Fine-dining
    • Delicious three-course brunch on the outward journey
    • Morning tea and coffee
    • Visit to the RHS Tatton Show, including coach transfers & admission
    • A complimentary RHS membership pack
    • Champagne reception back on board
    • Sumptuous five-course dinner: British seasonal table d’hôte menu including Great British cheese board, biscuits and chutneys
    • A bottle of wine per couple
    • Coffee, tea and petit fours

BIG PRINT:  These tickets have been offered at a 50% discount and the first £400 raised will go to the Northern Belle.  The trip will depart from Birmingham International at 10am arriving back at 9pm.  Time on train is 2.5 hours each way.”

With our recent publicity around our appearance on BBC Gardeners’ World last week, and the launch of  our Courtyard Garden supported by Jo Malone London, tickets are selling fast. Please do purchase tickets in advance (subject to availability), via the following ways:

How to book tickets:

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Tickets are on sale!

Tickets cost £15, call into the Gardens in person to buy a ticket, or call 0121 440 7430 for card sales (Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm). You can also buy online via (booking fee applies for on-line sales only.)  

For more information about the event, click here

Summer Holiday Family Activities July 9, 2018

Summer’s here! Come and join our family activity sessions taking place during the summer holidays  – ideal for finding out more about the wildlife at Martineau Gardens, the community garden in Edgbaston, near Birmingham. There will be plenty of fun and play along the way. We have some brand new activity sessions on our ‘Family Fun Fridays’ and are re-running some popular sessions on Tuesday mornings.

Choose from the following sessions; each session costs £5 per child (accompanying adults are free). Booking in advance is essential. Sessions are led by Juliette Green, our Education Officer.

 Family Fun Fridays (morning and afternoon sessions available)

  •  Medieval Day Friday 27 July: Make a sword and shield or a magic wand, build a mini ‘wattle and daub’ house, hunt for dragons in the woods, create forts and sandcastles in the play area. Costumes welcome!


  • Buzzy Bees Friday 10 August: A family activity session to learn about honeybees and bumblebees. Meet one of our beekeepers to find out about life in the hive, play pollination games, and learn more about how bees help us and what we can do to help them. You can also make a ‘wildflower bomb’ to take home so you can grow your own wildflowers to attract bees and other pollinating insects.


  • Senses Safari Friday 17 August: Engage your five senses! LOOK at the plants in our beautiful garden; LISTEN to musical instruments you can make from natural and recycled materials; SMELL and TASTE some of our herbs and vegetables; FEEL your way around the woodland as you play blindfold games and tickle your toes with a barefoot walk. (You may want to bring a towel to dry feet at the end!)


  • Dinosaur Discovery Friday 24 August: Make an explorer hat, then enter the woods to search for dinosaurs. Create a clay fossil, do an archaeological dig and finish with a dinosaur story. Bring along your own toy dinosaurs if you have them!


Other family activity sessions (taking place on Tuesday mornings)


  • Pirate Adventure! Tuesday 31 July: Go on a treasure hunt, make a boat to float on the pond, find some mini “monsters of the deep” (pond dipping) and make pirate bunting. Wear your best pirate costume!
  • Plant Professor Tuesday 7 August: Explore the woodland and garden, learn about different parts of plants and their jobs, taste some of our herbs and vegetables. Earn yourself a Plant Professor certificate!


  • Minibeast Safari Tuesday 14 August: Hunt for minibeasts in the woods, try a true or false trail, have a go at pond dipping and listen to a minibeast story. Come dressed as your favourite minibeast!

Click on your choice of session(s) below, to be redirected to to purchase your ticket. (Please note, on the days when there is a morning and an afternoon session, these will be identical so just choose one of them.)


Medieval Day Fri 27 July 10am – 12pm   OR   Fri 27 July 1.30pm—3.30pm


Pirate Adventure Tues 31 July 10am – 12pm


Plant Professor Tues 7 August 10am – 12pm


Buzzy Bees Fri 10 August 10am – 12pm   OR   Fri 10 August 1.30pm—3.30pm


Minibeast Safari Tues 14 August 10am – 12pm


Senses Safari Fri 17 August 10am – 12pm   OR   Fri 17 August 1.30pm—3.30pm


Dinosaur Discovery Fri 24 August 10am – 12pm   OR   Fri 24 August 1.30pm—3.30pm


Here’s what you need to know:

This is a family learning event —activities are for supervised children aged 3—12 years. Parents/carers are expected to stay and join in but don’t pay, children’s tickets are £5 per head. Numbers are limited to 20 children per session – book in advance to avoid disappointment. 


Dress appropriately for the weather, since the session will take place outside.


Bring a drink and a snack, or bring your packed lunch if you’d like to have a picnic at Martineau Gardens (after the morning session or before the afternoon one).


Martineau Gardens serves hot and cold drinks (for which donations are welcomed) but not food. You can find out more about the Gardens here.



Tickets are on sale via


£5 per child  (+ 50p booking fee)  advance booking essential


To book, please select from the eleven sessions above (choosing a morning OR afternoon session) and you’ll be redirected to to make your payment.


Launch of the Courtyard Garden July 2, 2018



Tuesday 26 June 2018 saw the official opening of The Courtyard Garden created by Martineau Gardens Volunteers and supported by Jo Malone London. We were joined by Andy Street (CBE Mayor of the West Midlands) who along with Caroline Hutton (Retiring Director)  and Charlotte Nicholson (Jo Malone London) gave speeches before cutting the ribbon.

Guests included Martineau Gardens Volunteers, the Jo Malone London Team and press and influencers who enjoyed afternoon tea by Stones Events, a Jo Malone London pampering Hand & Arm Massage and tours around the new Courtyard Garden.

The Courtyard Garden is the seventh therapeutic garden Jo Malone London has supported across the UK, shining a light on mental health. The gardens are created by individuals suffering from mental health problem and use plants and gardening to improve mental wellbeing.

Find out more about the Courtyard Garden here.

We’re on TV tonight June 29, 2018

We’re delighted to announce that we will be on TV.

Tune in to BBC Gardeners’ World this evening, Friday 29 June, at 8pm, to find out more about their recent visit to Martineau Gardens. The programme will be on I-Player, a link to the episode will be published on our website on Monday.

Closing early Tues 26 June June 25, 2018

Welcome to the Gardens … but please note, on Tues 26 June, we’re closing at 2.30pm for a Private Event.

Apologies for any disappointment, please come and see us again – back open on Wednesday, 10am.

Reusing pots June 25, 2018

As an organisation which values recycling – we’ve been enjoying re-purposing items and saving them from the tip. Stewart (Therapeutic Horticulturist) and the Garden Volunteers have been planting up this week: there’s a cement mixer, a washing machine inner and a dustbin here.

Volunteering Opportunities at Martineau Gardens May 30, 2018

Please come and find out about volunteering opportunities at Martineau Gardens at  the BVSC Volunteer Fair, at Digbeth on Monday 4 June 2018.

We’d especially like to recruit more Visitor Welcome Team volunteers (VWT) to join our current team. Our VWT volunteers get involved with all aspects of welcoming visitors to the Gardens. From making hot drinks and selling plants, to helping out at events – there’s an enormous range of activities you could find yourself doing. We have vacancies for weekday slots and weekend slots – come and talk to us at the Fair about what you’d like to do.

Looking ahead, we’re looking to develop the catering opportunities available at Martineau Gardens – if you have catering experience, please come and talk to us.

Thinking of volunteering but not sure what you want to do, or what opportunities are available? Come along to this event and meet around 40 local charities, all currently looking for volunteers to help them in their work. There’s something for everyone – whether you’re looking to share your current skills and expertise, or whether you want to do something completely different!

An event not to be missed!  How else will you meet more than 40 local charities all in one place?

When and where:

Mon 4 June, 4.30-7.30 pm

BVSC, 138 Digbeth, B5 6DR

No need to book – just pop in.

Find out more.


Half-term fun at Martineau Gardens May 29, 2018

Tues 20 May to Fri 1 June 2018

This half-term bring the family to Martineau Gardens – try your hand at PizzaCraft, learn how to cook pizzas outdoors in our Earth Oven, foraging for herbs within the our beautiful community garden. Or, why not find out more about the wildlife that makes its home in the woodland here, with Family Habitat Explorers.

Advance booking essential, click on the links below for ticket information – or call Martineau Gardens on 0121 440 7430 to check latest availability on tickets.

Pizza Craft     Tues 29 May 2pm – 4pm   or Wed 30 May 2pm – 4pm

Family Habitat Explorers    Thurs 31 May 10am, or Thurs 31 May 1.30pm,  or Fri 1 June 10am or Fri 1 June 1.30pm


Director announcement May 16, 2018

Pictured here, staff of Martineau Gardens at the entrance of the woodland. Gill Milburn, receiving the keys from Caroline Hutton.

In our twenty-first year as a community garden, we bid farewell to Caroline Hutton (Director at Martineau Gardens for 17 years) and welcome Gill Milburn. Gill joined Martineau Gardens and became our Director in April 2018.

At the end of her first month, Gill said: “I’ve been in post just a month, I’ve been  getting to know staff, volunteers and Friends through various activities from planting perennials around the new pond to minor engineering around the washbasins, with plenty of meetings, conferences and conversations in between.  My introduction to this organisation has shown to me the warmth and affection people hold for Martineau Gardens.  I’m looking forward to contributing to the sustainability and enjoyment of the Gardens.”

Gill got to know Birmingham  through her job as a Gambling Commissioner, and moved to the city in 2009. During her eight year term on the audit committee  and the remuneration committee, Gill was involved with overseeing implementing the Gambling Act, corporate governance, regulatory compliance and enforcement and stakeholder management. For the last eight years, Gill has worked in the charity sector for mental health and with older people.

Caroline is retiring; she is working on special projects until the end of June 2018. Caroline says: “After 17 years, I’m stepping down. Thanks to all the tremendous support I received from volunteers, trustees and colleagues.”

Closed 16 and 17 May for resurfacing works May 14, 2018

Martineau Gardens (including the children’s play area) will be closed on Wed 16 and Thursday 17 May for resurfacing works. For plant sales and compost, call back on Friday!

Apologies for any disapointment – but come back and visit us at the Spring Event this weekend, Sunday 20 May 2018 (11am – 3pm) – click here for more details

Find out more about the progress on our new Courtyard Garden here.