The Showroom

Penfold Medicinal Garden 2018

Weekly workshops with local residents and Penfold Community Hub working with Carole Wright, Rasheeqa Ahmed, Jeanne-Lyse Sibaud, Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz, Hammersmith Community Gardens & The Royal College of Physicians Garden


A weekly workshop programme continuing the work of Penfold Medicinal Garden. Initiated by artist Uriel Orlow in 2015 as part of his exhibition at The Showroom Mafavuke’s Trial and Other Plant Stories the garden has continued an annual cycle of collective research and work, to sow seeds, care, maintain, learn and use plant based herbal knowledge led by Carole Wright (artist, community activist, bee-keeper and gardener). The garden was formed in collaboration with Church Street Bengali Women’s Group, Mosica Community Trust, Penfold Hub Gardening Group, and Penfold Hub residents and centre-users.

For more information or to get involved contact [email protected]

2016 Schedule:

Avant Gardening – creative gardening & nature related monthly session. This session will be a neighbourhood walk lead by Architect Julie Futcher on a local neighbourhood climate walk, focusing on green issues, sustainability, and climate change.

Starting to Grow – An introductory session to starting to grow! With signs of the approaching spring we will start to sow seeds for the Hub’s Medicinal Garden * to take home! - discussing plant based remedies and medical uses as we sow!

Wellcome Collection visit – Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library exploring health, life and our place in the world, our visit will include a talk with curator Bárbara Rodríguez Muñoz and her work on Ayurvedic Man: Encounters with Indian medicine. [meet outside Penfold Hub at 2pm]

Herbal Plants and Uses: Rasheeqa Ahmad, a qualified medical herbalist will guide us through a workshop talking about, sampling, infusing and sowing seeds to plant at Penfold Hub and to take home.

Avant Gardening - creative arts workshop inspired by gardening & nature. This session will be led by artist and herbalist Rasheeqa Ahmad.

Hammersmith Community Gardens Association trip: a visit to Ravenscourt Park Glasshouses to learn from another community garden initiative with a particular focus on the herbal beds and how they use them - meet outside Penfold Hub at 2pm [to book a place on the bus telephone 020 3815 0033 or email [email protected]]

At work in the Garden: Planting out in the garden and getting the garden ready for the open garden event including learning how to take cuttings and separate plants.

Avant Gardening - creative arts workshop inspired by gardening & nature. This session will invite members of Tranquil City to lead a mapping workshop to locate low noise and low air pollution areas locally, to help us discover a calmer, cleaner & greener London.

Visit to The Royal College of Physicians Garden – containing over 1,100 plants all with links to medicine. The myriad stories they tell come from diverse cultures, different countries and from every age in recorded history! Meet outside the Hub at 2pm or at 2.15pm Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, NW1 4LE [to book a place on the bus telephone 020 3815 0033 or email [email protected]]

Putting the Medicinal Garden to Use – a workshop with herbalist Jeanne-Lyse Sibaud – how to incorporate medicinal plants and herbs into your everyday easting habits

Friday July 13th - Open Garden afternoon 2–4pm
All welcome to come and celebrate the garden, sample herbal infusions, and welcome the summer with refreshments and cakes