We will have an open garden at our garden in Hackney Wick in celebration of Urban Food Fortnight. We will be celebrating the Autumn equinox with nature-based craft activities for all ages using a mix of locally-grown and foraged plants. We will be showcasing a range of herbal drinks and teas made by the pooled harvest of a number of other urban herb growers in London. If you are growing herbs in London and want to take part get in touch!
☔☔ EVENT UPDATE! ☔☔
Due to heavy rain, the activities will all start at 2pm and will be INDOORS. The gardens will still be open from 1pm but there is limited shelter in the gardens. We recommend coming at 2pm !
p.s. we have 9 types of cake to choose from 🧁 🧁 🧁
Join us at our *NEW HOME* in Hackney Wick for our official opening! The event will feature drop-in herbal activities for all ages and we’ll be collecting ideas for how we develop the space.
Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/2445719002331875/
Schedule of activities:
🧁🍵1-5pm Herbal Tea and Cake (vegan options)🍵🧁
🌿1-5pm Find out more about Hackney Herbal, add a story to our herb map and share your thoughts for the new space on our ideas tree.🌿
🌱1-5pm Sow your own herb seeds 🌱
🌸2-4pm Facepainter 🌸
⚗️ 2-5pm Make your Own Herbal Bath Soak ⚗️
🎨 2-5pm Children's Crafts 🎨
🌞3pm - 4pm Make a sun print 🌞
All workshops are drop-in and operate on a first come first served basis. There is a limited amount of materials so please come early to avoid disappointment.
On the occasion of poor weather, most of the activities will be moved to an indoor space.
The event is free to attend and take part. Donations welcome for tea and cake.
Accessible toilets at the event will be open from 2-5pm. If you have any questions about the event you can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
On Saturday 21st July we will be taking part in Outdoor People's National Park City event at Netil Market. They have planned a whole day of talks, walks, workshops and other nature-inspired activities. Fran will be there between 12 - 3pm for a *FREE* drop-in herbal tea making workshop so come by if you are in the area.
On Saturday 20th we will be taking part in Sutton House’s National Park City Event. There is a trail starting at Sutton House to explore the local greening projects that are making Homerton greener, wilder and healthier.
Camila will be at Sutton House between 12 - 4pm for a *FREE* drop-in herbal tea making workshop so come by if you are in the area. You can also come and find out about our new community gardening project at the new garden in Hackney Wick.
The event is inspired by 10x Greener – a resident project, supported by Friends of the Earth, which is greening the Daubeney Fields neighbourhood near Hackney Marshes. This event is part of the Mayor of London’s National Park City Festival to celebrate the city’s open spaces and make London greener and wilder.
To celebrate International Women’s Day we will be hosting a special screening about one of our favourite herbalists.
Juliette of the Herbs is a beautifully filmed lyrical portrait of the life and work of Juliette de Bairacli Levy: herbalist, author, breeder of Afghan hounds, friend of the Gypsies, traveller in search of herbal wisdom and pioneer of holistic veterinary medicine. Juliette’s well-loved and now classic herbals for animals and for children have been a vital inspiration for the present day herbal renaissance.
For more than 70 years Juliette lived with the Gypsies, nomads and peasants of the world, learning the healing arts from these people who live close to nature, and learning from nature herself. Juliette’s life story is as colourful and exciting as her tremendous wealth of herbal knowledge.
Filmed on location in Greece, Spain, France, Portugal, Switzerland, England and America, and interwoven with Juliette’s vast collection of archival photographs, together with scenes of Gypsies dancing and Bedouins with their herds, Juliette of the Herbs is an inspiring portrait of a remarkable woman.
About the producer
Tish Streeten, producer, director and editor, has been making films for more than 30 years. She was born and grew up in Oxford, England and for ten years after leaving school, she worked all over Europe as an organic farmer, gardener and herbalist. Today Tish runs Queen Mab’s CSM (Community Supported Herbal Medicine) which offers members home made, locally grown herbal medicines. She is currently fundraising for a new film - Tulsi, Queen of herbs. Find out more here.
Tickets £5 donation
Film will screen at 1.30pm and is 75 minutes long.
We'll be taking part in Better Bankside’s programme of January events. Join us for a drop-in session learning how to make your own herbal tea bags. You’ll get to mix herbs and create some of your own blends to take home. Register for your free spot here.
We’ll be taking part in the market where you will be able to buy some of our herbal tea blends alongside other herbal christmas gifts.
We’ll also be running a Make Your Own Perfume Roll On Workshop:
12:30- 1:15 - Make your own roll-on perfume with Hackney Herbal
Learn how to blend herb-infused oils and essential oils to make your own moisturising perfume roll-on stick. Learn the properties of a range of essential oils and how to mix them to create your own unique blend to take home. Tickets £10 per person. Book here!
Join us for our annual communi-TEA party, where we will be celebrating everything herbal! The event will feature drop-in workshops where you can try out some herbal tea blends, sow some herb seeds and make your own herbal remedy. There will be a guided herb walk and a group gathering to celebrate this year's harvest and the equinox. This is a free event but we will welcome donations on the day.
Timings for the day:
Free herbal teas will be available throughout the event and we'll have a pay-by-donation vegan cake stall.
1pm - 3.30pm Drop-in workshops
- Make your own herbal tea
- Sow herb seeds
- Make a herbal remedy
1pm - 3.30pm Herb Map - we'll be collecting your herbal stories, recipes and anecdotes
2pm - Herb Walk and Talk - learn about the wild herbs growing at the farm with Rasheeqa Ahmad
From 2.30pm - Group Equinox Mandala making with Amy from the Hackney Herbal team
3.45pm Closing circle
This event is part of Urban Food Fortnight.
Help us to reduce waste at the event by bringing your own mug for tea.
Please share the facebook event with anyone who might be interested in coming along.
On Saturday 11th August we will be heading down to Shad Thames to run a drop-in grow your own herbs stall at new foodie market Provisions. Come and see our stall for advice on everything herbal. We'll also have a range of our own herbal infusions on sale for you to peruse.
On Sunday 29th July we will be over in Camden for the Permaculture Festival. It's one of our favourite events of the year and the best way to learn about ecological design, sustainable living and nature-inspired practices that create happier healthier people and planet. If you don't know what permaculture is, then definitely come along. We'll be doing a stall and also our founder Nat Mady will be doing an 'Intro to Permaculture' talk so come and say hi if you pop along. Full details here.
On Sunday 22nd July we will be taking part in Outdoor People's National Park City event at Netil Market. They have planned a whole day of talks, walks, workshops and other nature-inspired activities. Fran will be there between 12 - 3pm for a drop-in herbal tea making workshop so come by if you are in the area.
For January's Herb Group Gathering we'll be having a herbal film night with a screening of the documentary Juliette of the Herbs produced by filmmaker Tish Streeton. We will gather from 6.30 and the screening will begin at 7pm.
Here is more info about the film and you can also watch the trailer here.
A beautiful lyrical portrait of the life and work of Juliette de Bairacli Levy: herbalist, author, breeder of Afghan hounds, friend of the Gypsies, traveler in search of herbal wisdom and the pioneer of holistic veterinary medicine. Her well-loved and now classic herbal remedies for animals and for children have been a vital inspiration to the present day herbal renaissance and holistic animal care community.
For more than 60 years Juliette lived with the Gypsies, nomads and peasants of the world, learning the healing arts of these people who live close to nature, and learning from nature herself. Juliette's life story is as colorful and exciting as her tremendous wealth of herbal knowledge.
Reserve your free ticket here (maximum 2 tickets per person):
On Saturday 9th December we'll be at Hackney City Farm's Christmas market. We'll have a range of our herbals on offer and will be amongst other crafters so it's a great time to pick up some unique christmas gifts. Do come and say hello if you are in the area!
We'll be popping up at the LUSH store on Oxford Street giving you a chance to make your own herbal teabags. There will be a selection of herbs to choose from including some festive things inspired by the products in store. Fran will be running the stall so come and say hi if you are in the area!
We will be popping up at Netil Market to sell cups of our Hackney-grown herbal teas as well tea packs of our speciality herbal blends in the run up to Christmas.
Find us there on the following dates:
Saturday 4th & 11th November
Saturday 2nd & 9th December
The market runs 11 - 5pm.
As part of Urban Food Fortnight we will be doing a pop-up shop at Botany on Chatsworth Road. It's a chance to buy some of our Hackney-grown herbal teas and taste this summer's blends. You can also have a go at making your own herbal blend to try out!