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I'm a London based creative freelancer. My work can be found here: www.stevewheen.com

A Feast of Pothole Gardens

One of my gardens found its way onto the cover of Australian Garden History Magazine…

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You can check out the full magazine here. Thanks to the team for the lovely writeup.

Next weekend as part of Feast in West Norwood, I’ve teamed up with the talented folk at The Open Works project to spread the pothole gardening love down the high street with local organisations, and locals!

If you’re interested in coming along to create a garden, there’s more information here. If you’re not quite ready to get your fingers dirty, why not come along to Feast on Sunday and enjoy the atmosphere? (and spot some tiny gardens along the way!)

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Instagardens…

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It’s been a busy few weeks, I’ve been posting my garden antics with The Chelsea Fringe and The Horniman Museum and Garden on Instagram. Here are some highlights…

 

I’ve also been working on supporting a project I feel really strongly about. Two retired Australians (who happen to be my parents) have setup the first Hip Hop Dance school in Rwanda. With no experience of dance (or anything Hip Hop related) they are making an amazing difference to the community fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS through dance.

The Hip Hop school now organises flash mobs around Rwanda, whereby the dancers attract large crowds in rural villages and then the dancers teach the crowd about HIV/AIDS prevention at the end of their performance. It’s an incredibly inspiring story. We are raising £5,000 so this work can continue. Please have a look at this video and if you’d like to donate, you can do so here.

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A lovely day for a bike ride…

It’s perfect bike riding weather at the moment in London, don’t you think? On my recent gardening adventure with Arte TV, I created this wee garden on Shoreditch High Street.

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I received this wonderful little garden all the way from Glenlyon, a tiny town in Central Victoria, Australia. Thank you so much to the team at The Gardens of Glenlyon for sending it through! I wonder who wears those wee little clothes…a copy of Isabelle Palmers’ new book, The House Gardener is on it’s way down under.

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Keep those pothole gardens coming…

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Adding some pinks to Redchurch Street…

Fancy a little sit down in the sunshine?

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It had a narrow escape early on…

 

It’s alive and well so if you’re in the area go and have a look.

As spring time is the most exciting time of year to get your fingers dirty in the garden (no matter where you plan to do it) I’ve got a signed copy of Isabelle Palmers’ new book, The House Gardener to give away for one lucky pothole gardener!

Take some inspiration from some of these wonderful gardens that have been sent to me from all over the world and get gardening, send me some pics, I’ll post them here on the blog and I’ll send one lucky gardener a book! It even popped up in my garden…

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A little kitchen garden…

As Spring gets under way, I’ve just been sent these wonderful two gardens from Alex and his grandma Mary.

Alex has been recovering after having his appendix out, so he’s had plenty of time to plan his little garden.

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Alex and Mary have created the very first herb pothole garden in Haslemere road in Crouch End, so their neighbours can enjoy some free herbs over the summer months.

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If all of the recent sunshine has inspired you to get out there and spread some happiness, take a photo and email it to me so I can share your adventures here on the blog.  To help you get you kitted out, my lovely friends over at YIMBY are giving away some great guerrilla gardening starter kits, check them out here.

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Did someone say spring?

Finally, it’s almost time to dust off the BBQ, fire it up and soak up some sunshine.

I headed out gardening with photographer Jonathan Perugia who got this great snap the other morning of my BBQ inspired garden…

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My lovely friends over at YIMBY are giving away some great guerrilla gardening starter kits that include  Kabloom Seedbom’s, some gardening tools plus a copy of On Guerrilla Gardening and a copy of my book, The Little Book Of Little Gardens.

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To enter the competition and win, just click here. Good luck! If you win, get out there and make a pothole garden so I can post it here on the blog!

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The little things on Valentine’s Day…

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After finding some seasonal blooms at New Covent Garden Market (and meeting Bob, one of the stars of their annual calendar),  I found this little pothole in Vauxhall ripe for some gardening to share the love this Valentine’s Day.

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For those of you who follow my work, you’ll know that I’m a big believer in the little things – “it’s those little gestures that can make a big difference”. I wanted to share this great little film from Time To Change, a mental health charity.

What little gesture could you make today to make a big difference?

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