Meetings & Events

Timetable 2019

October

Tuesday 1  – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5:30-7:30pm

Thursday 3 October Chihuly Nights at Kew

Rainbow Grow & Friends will be visiting Kew gardens to see the Chihuly at Night on Thursday 3 October.  Meet at Victoria Gate at 7:15pm (It is the one closest to Kew Gardens Overground Station). Tickets available on the Kew Gardens Website. (Free for active Rainbow Grow members.) Do let us know if you plan to join us so we can look out for you.

Tuesday 8  – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5:30-7:30pm

Week beginning 14 – Members doing upkeep but no open Tuesday sessions

Week beginning 21 – Members doing upkeep but no open Tuesday sessions

Sunday 27  – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 12-4 FREE

Jessica Mason will lead a special session on making solar-powered outdoor lights and other garden decorations inspired by the shapes and colours of fungi found in nature. We will be using clay, jesmonite, and paints to create fungi shapes that will be placed in the courtyard garden at HCVS or taken away. You are welcome to pop in for a bit or stay for the entire session. Everyone welcome!

Refreshments available. Please wear old clothing. This session is funded by Grow Wild and hosted by Rainbow Grow.

Tuesday 29  – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 2:30-4:30pm

November

Tuesday 5  – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 2:30-4:30pm

Saturday 9 – Munchable Mushrooms: Cultivation for beginners 10:30 – 1:30 Capital Growth training session. Session is free for members of Rainbow Grow. All others must book via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/munchable-mushrooms-cultivation-for-beginners-tickets-59572974370

Tuesday 19  – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 2:30-4:30pm

 

December

Tuesday 3  – HCVS  (24-30 Dalston Lane) AGM from 6pm. Social afterwards, venue to be decided.

 

 

SESSION HISTORY

September

Sunday 1 – Outing to RHS Wisley – Join us at Wisley for a great day out

On Sunday 1 September Rainbow Grow will be visiting RHS Wisley. We will be taking the 10am train from Waterloo to Woking and sharing taxis from there. Entry is free for active Rainbow Grow members but if you would like to benefit from our group booking and funded taxi ride from Woking Station, please message us or email rainbowgrowk2g@gmail.com

Train from Waterloo to Woking departing at at 10am

From Woking we will take taxis in groups of 4 to the garden

Tuesday 3  – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5:30-8pm  

Thursday 55:30 – 7:30 GROW a Banner! Join Rainbow Grow, Prepster & Project Indigo for a TRANS PRIDE banner making session. We have sheets, placards, stencils and paints – all you need to bring is yourself and a slogan. There will be pizza, zines, and the opportunity to do a bit of gardening or just enjoy a late summer evening in our lovely urban green space.

Tuesday 10  – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5:30-7:30pm  

Thursday 12 – Special Fungi-Focussed Session with Darren Springer from 5:30

Tuesday 17  – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5:30-7:30pm  

Thursday 19 – Save, Share, Love: seed saving for beginners 6:00 – 8:30 Capital Growth training session. Session is free for members of Rainbow Grow. All others must book via Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/save-share-love-seed-saving-for-beginners-growing-culture-tickets-58375813630

Saturday 21  – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 12:00-4:00pm  FREE

Jessica Mason will lead a special session on making solar-powered outdoor lights inspired by the shapes and colours of fungi found in nature. We will be using clay, jesmonite, Fimo and paints to create fungi shapes that will form part of a string of lights for the courtyard garden at HCVS. You are welcome to pop in for a bit or stay for the entire session. Everyone welcome!

Refreshments available. Please wear old clothing. This session is funded by Grow Wild and hosted by Rainbow Grow.

Tuesday 24  – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5:30-8pm  

Saturday 28 – Fungi Fest – Urban Harvest Celebration & Social Gathering  12-8pm  

FUNgi FEST – Rainbow Grow will be opening up its Dalston base from 12-8pm on Saturday 28 September. Activities will include another Guess the Weight of Our Biggest Pumpkin Competition and The Fake or Fungi? Quiz. From 1-4 Darren Springer will lead a free Urban Mushroom Growing Session. A specially catered mushroom-focussed buffet will start at 5:30 (registration advised for buffet via rainbowgrowk2g@gmail.com). This event is made possible by Grow Wild funding.

 

 

August

Tuesday 6  – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5:30-8pm  

Monday 12   HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5:30-8pm                                              FUNGI FOCUS w/Darren Springer

(Thursday 15 – Project Indigo special session)

Tuesday 20  – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5:30-8pm  

Tuesday 27  – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5:30-8pm  

 

July

Tuesday 2   – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5:00 – 7:00 Mushroom Focus with Darren Springer. Extended gardening session until 8pm.

Tuesday 9  – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5:30-8pm  

Sunday 14 HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) Open Garden from 12-5pm. There will be an artist-led workshop from 12:30 – 3pm using plants in the garden to make anthotypes (plant prints). Please email rainbowgrowk2g@gmail.com to register for the session. 

Tuesday  16 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5:30-8pm

Tuesday  23 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5:30-8pm

Wednesday 24 – HCVS Open Day members in the garden from 4:30 – 7:30.

Tuesday  30 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5:30-8pm

June

Tuesday 4 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5-8 pm (Fungi focus from 5-7)

Saturday 8 June  10:30- 1:30 Ticketed training session with Capital Growth                                     Boots, Boxes & Balconies: Growing edibles in confined spaces

This session will look at how and what to grow in small and challenging places.

Even if all you have is a window box, cooking with own-grown herbs and drinking fresh mint tea are possible. But so is having a fresh supply of cherry tomatoes throughout the summer. Edible flowers will add colour and look great in a salad, adorning a cake, or floating in a summer cocktail. Participants will be given the opportunity to plant up a container brought to the session or provided by us.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/boots-boxes-balconies-growing-edibles-in-confined-spaces-tickets-57096094957

A small number of subsidised tickets are available to members of the LGBTQI+ community via OutSavvy.

https://www.outsavvy.com/event/2492/boots-boxes-and-balconies-growing-edibles-in-confined-spaces-tickets

Tuesday 11 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5:30-8pm       

Tuesday 18 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5:30-8pm  

Tuesday  25 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5:30-8pm

May

Tuesday 7 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5-7pm

Saturday 18 – Rainbow Grow is part of the Chelsea Fringe

Back to the Future: Mushroom Growing in a (possibly) Post-Brexit Britain       Stressed about sourcing edible fungi if the UK leaves the EU?  Worried about where your wine caps will come from? Scared the price of shitake will mushroom? Then grow your own!  Darren Springer horticulture tutor & keen mushroom grower will be working alongside participants to create a mushroom growing area at Rainbow Grow’s Dalston base. He will be facilitating 2 free “HOW TO” sessions at 12 & 2pm. Join us for a FUNgi Day! Garden open 11-4. Refreshments available 

Back to the Future

Tuesday 21 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5-7pm – Fungi Focus

Saturday 25 – Rainbow Grow is part of the Chelsea Fringe – Rainbow Chard Plant-IN 

Join us for some horticultural direct action!

Rainbow Grow is hosting a mass record-setting Plant-In at our Dalston base. Last year we held our ground-breaking Pop=Up Pansy Planting Sessions and this year we will be planting thousands of Rainbow Chard seeds (to take away our leave in our care).

Come and see our new accessible raised-bed garden and why we were chosen as one of London’s top food gardens.   Garden open 1-5. Refreshments available 

Rainbow Chard Plant-In

April

Tuesday 2 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5-7pm

Tuesday 9 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 4-6pm   (regular session)                        6-8:30  Ticketed training session with Capital Growth Better Together – companion planting & natural pest control https://www.outsavvy.com/event/2449/better-together-companion-planting-natural-pest-control-tickets

Tuesday 16 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5-7pm

Tuesday 23 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5-7pm

Saturday 27The BIG Dig! HCVS Garden open from 11-4  Bring a drill, a screwdriver, a hammer or just a smile! Help build a raised bed or plant up one. Refreshments on offer to all volunteers.

Tuesday 30 – Fungi Foundations: The first foray into our Fungi Frontier  We will be gardening from 5 and then Rich Wright from Forever Fungi will help participants to learn more about Fungi (from 6-8:30). HCVS Garden & Training Room (24-30 Dalston Lane). Non-Members wishing to participate will need to register and pay a small fee.

 

 

March

Tuesday 5 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 2-4pm

Weekend Session – Sunday 10 –  HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 11am-4pm.  Everyone welcome.

Tuesday 19 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 2-4pm – Joint session with Opening Doors. Everyone welcome.

Tuesday 26 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 2-4pm

February

Saturday 2 – Members only pruning session 11-2. Details sent via email

Tuesday 19 – Joint session with Opening Doors. HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane)            2-4pm        Everyone welcome

Weekend Session – Saturday 23 from 11 till 4 –  THE GREAT BIG GREENHOUSE ERECTION!   Please help us put together the greenhouse that has been given to us. And if there is enough time we will also be construction raised beds for the accessible mini-garden at the back of Age UK right next door to HCVS.

January 2019

Sunday 20 – Visit to William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow. Meet at 11am at the gallery. It’s free but we request you book a place via outsavvy. Please go to  https://www.outsavvy.com/event/2213/william-morris-gallery-visit-tickets

Monday 21 – HCVS due to reopen. Tuesday meetings tbc.

December

Saturday 1 December – Evening fundraising event at Our/London Vodka, E8 from 8pm. For more details and tickets (go to Eventbrite) bit.ly/2zKuTBF

(No weekday meeting)

Weekend session – Sunday 9 December  11-1 HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane)

Tuesday 18  – SESSION CANCELLED

HCVS will be closed from the end of the work day on 14 December until 21 January. Watch this space and our Facebook page for dates in the new year.

November

Tuesday 6 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 3-5pm

Weekend Session – Sunday 11 HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 11am-1pm (Led by Clair)

Weekend Session – Saturday 17 HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 11am-1pm (led by Kad)

Tuesday 20 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 3-5pm

Friday 23 – Presentation of grant cheque (all current members welcome)

AGM – Evening Meeting for all members Tuesday 27 November at 6:30pm in the conference room at HCVS (24-30 Dalston Lane). Please bring annual membership fee of £1 unless you have paid this sum during August, September or October 2018.

 

October

Tuesday  2 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5-7pm

Tuesday  9 –  HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5-7pm

Tuesday 16 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5-7pm                                                 Hosting a meeting of community gardeners/gardens 6:30 – 8:30

Tuesday 23 – NO SESSION

CLOCKS Change

Tuesday 30 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 3-5pm

September 

Tuesday  4 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5-7pm

Tuesday 11 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5-7pm

Tuesday  18 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5-7pm

Urban Food Fortnight – 20 September – 7 October. This event will be taking place at different venues in London.

SATURDAY 22 September – A Celebration of London’s Urban Harvest. HCVS garden open to the public from 11-4pm. Details of activities to be confirmed. 

Tuesday  25 September – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5-7pm

August

Tuesday  7 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5-7pm

Sunday 12 August – Special Weekend Session at HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane, E8) . New volunteers especially welcome.  11am to 4pm. There will be cake!

Tuesday  14 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5-7pm (Joint sessions with Opening Doors, London)

Tuesday  21 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5-7pm

Thursday 23 – Special Session for Project Indigo members only

Tuesday  28 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5-7pm (Special invite to LGBTQI+ members of Hackney Carers)

Friday 31 – Invitation only Garden Party/Barbecue from 7pm

Note: Changes to this schedule and any additional sessions, esp those taking place at Cordwainer will be put on Facebook

July

Monday 2 July thru Sunday 8 July – Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Sunday 1 July thru Friday 31 August – Participation in Bursting with Pride                                           Vote for us at participating branches of Tesco.

Tuesday 3 July – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane, E8) 5-7pm

Saturday 7 July – Pride in London Parade

Tuesday  10 July – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane, E8) 5-7pm

Tuesday 17 July –  HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane, E8) 5-7pm

Sunday 22 July – Open Day at HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane, E8) . New volunteers especially welcome.  11am to 4pm. There will be cake!

Tuesday  24 July – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane, E8) 5-7pm

Saturday 28 July – Outing to Christopher Lloyd’s garden – Great Dixter (House & Gardens). We will be travelling by minivan from Hackney to the garden in East Sussex. Please email rainbowgrowk2g@gmail.com if interested.

June

Tuesday  5 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5-7pm

Saturday 9 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane)  11-4     Open day, especially for those unable to join in on Tuesdays.

Tuesday 12 – Cordwainers Garden  5-7pm

Tuesday 19 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5-7pm   Joint session with Opening Doors. But everyone welcome!

Tuesday 26 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5-7pm    Everyone welcome!

Thursday 28 June thru Sunday 1 July – Putting up garden at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Growing from Prejudice to Pride

May

Tuesday 1 –  HCVS Garden  5-7pm

Tuesday 7 – HCVS Garden 5-7pm

Week beginning 14 – Pop-up Plant a Pansy session with Hackney Council staff and the public (details tbc)

Tuesday 15 –  Cordwainers Garden  5-7pm  Plant a Pansy session with members of Opening Doors

Sunday 20 – Whole day gardening session at HCVS 11-4

Tuesday 22 – HCVS Garden 5-7pm

Saturday 26 – Planting session at Family Picnic (Kad & tbc)

Tuesday 29 – Cordwainers Garden  5-7pm

APRIL

Tuesday 10 – Cordwainers Garden  5-7pm

Saturday 14 – London Fields from 11am Plant a Pansy session (Ed, Kad, Raul & Clair) EVERYONE welcome!

Tuesday 17 – HCVS Garden (24-30 Dalston Lane) 5-7pm

Thursday 19 – Plant a Pansy session with Project Indigo (Clair & Kad)

Saturday 21 – The Big Dig at Cordwainers Garden 2-5pm. Plant a Pansy session hosted by Rainbow Grow members. Everyone Welcome!

Monday 23 – Launch of Crowdfunding Campaign

Tuesday 24 – Plant a Pansy session – 1pm at HCVS  (Clair & tbc)

Tuesday 24 – Gardening Session at HCVS (24-30 Dalston Lane)  5-7pm

Wednesday 25 – Plant a Pansy session with Hackney LGBT Carers at HCVS from 6:15pm

Monday 30 – Plant a Pansy session with LGBT Youth Group from 6pm

 

 

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