Little Green Fingers……….Gospel Oak school’s gardening club


March 18, 2009, 1:07 pm
Filed under: Volunteers

 

Imogen, another expert volunteer!

Imogen, another expert volunteer!

I really can’t stress enough how important our volunteers are for Gardening club. Without them we wouldn’t be able to do all the things we currently do so again, I want to say a huge thank you to them. Here Imogen Sharp, mum of two children at Gospel Oak primary school – and a keen gardener, tells us all about herself. 

I’ve had a small garden in London for many years and enjoy working in it as well as relaxing.  Plants are an amazing and beautiful part of nature. At this time of year, seeing new shoots pushing up through the soil and buds sprouting on twigs is especially magical.  I’m also interested in the design of gardens and open spaces, which are like outside rooms. They provide happiness and relaxation, as well as food to eat – and can be peaceful but often sociable too.  I love grasses and bamboos, which add movement and lovely sounds to a garden, like water.

 “I am studying for a qualification in garden and planting design, at Capel Manor College, learning about how plants, like animals, thrive best in the right conditions – sunny, shady, wet or dry, for example.  Plants often don’t survive if they’re put in the wrong spot – it’s always tempting to buy a plant that looks nice, without considering the motto ‘right plant in the right place’.  I’ve learnt about how plants go best together, to create visual interest with harmony and contrast, like the architecture of buildings and towns.

 “I also love cooking, and using the herbs in my garden. This year, I’ll also be growing some vegetables with my children – we’ve already dug some space for them. Gardening – even herbs or a bean in a window sill pot – is a fantastic way for children to learn about the environment and the biology of how things develop, as well as growing food to cook and eat. They also develop their skills in nurturing and looking after things – and patience, of course!  The Gardening Club is a great opportunity for the children at Gospel Oak school.  It is a privilege to help at it.”

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