Kentish Town City Farm would like to express our huge gratitude to garden designers, Lauren Munton, Deborah Anderson and John Tolman for their Sensory Garden recreated at Kentish Town City Farm from the Hampton Court Garden Festival.
On Saturday 15th July a permablitz jointly organised by the farm and Permablitz London (www.permablitzlondon.com) transformed the smaller community garden to create an edible, medicinal, sensory space – a feast for pollinators with flowers arranged in a river of colours. Over 30 people joined the permablitz to prepare the soil, plant the 500 plants and lay down a mulch to minimise moisture loss.
Kentish Town City Farm is local to Lauren and she used to bring her daughter to visit the farm and this lead her to approach us to offer to transfer the garden from Hampton Court after the show finished.
The three designers says: ‘We are so proud that our Sensory garden will be relocated to such a vibrant location that benefits the community. In the past, plants in flower show gardens would be discarded after the show rather than benefit another site. The RHS is now actively encouraging relocation which we applaud. With this new garden we hope to encourage visitors to consider plants
as multi-sensory, and inspire them in the creation of their own planting schemes – the senses are there to be awakened and fed and plants have an enormous role to play.’
Susannah Hall, Garden Educator at Kentish Town City Farm says, ‘We are very excited about this project and expanding the design to spread the plants throughout the growing space so that the entire growing area becomes a Sensory garden. We take a permaculture approach so want to include insect attractors and perennials with the fruit and vegetables we are growing across the Farm, and these plants are a perfect match’.