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River Of Herbs Flows On


Yesterday was the fourth meeting of my first River of Herbs course.

A tidy group of us met on Spuistraat and proceeded to speak with a few locals before launching into a little tidying up of earthy spaces, some herb planting and some gardening chat! The main aims of River of Herbs are to . . . → Read More: River Of Herbs Flows On

Bug Hostel

Rooftop bug hostel

Here’s my first attempt at a rooftop bug refuge. It’s simply a long slim plastic plant pot, stuffed full of dry hollow stems which I found in my kitchen and around the rooftop planters. The stems are from long dead Fig trees, Honeysuckle, Chamomile, Hollyhocks, Clematis, Elder, Reed fencing and a few old and . . . → Read More: Bug Hostel

New Events

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Please check out the a Urban Herbology events page for details of my forthcoming herbal forays in Amsterdam.

Love Your EldersĀ  (Sunday 7th April)

365 Frankendael Urban Herb Walk (End April/Start May)

Embrace Your Weeds (June)

As well as details of the new Apprenticeship group and River of Herbs.

I’m also planning . . . → Read More: New Events

365 Frankendael day 296


Today was the first meeting of the first River of Herbs course. We Al gathered in Oosterpark, sure some wild garlic bread sticks, tried to stay warm and liked at ways to get started with urban herb gardening that can benefit people and pollinating insects. It was so beautiful, snowy, bright and I . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 296

365 Frankendael day 286


I’ve been planning for the February River of Herbs course today and it made me notice this tree pit as I walked to the shops. It’s on my street and someone has put useful effort into edging it with old granite cobbles, I guess to deter stray feet and paws. It seems that . . . → Read More: 365 Frankendael day 286

River of Herbs – 10th February

Oosterpark bridge face

The first gathering for the River of Herbs course will be on Sunday 10th February 2013. We will begin at 10.30am and continue until 12.30pm. We will meet in Oosterpark, in the bandstand (where thre TaiĀ  Chi group practice). So if it’s raining we’ll hopefully have a little shelter to start with. You can . . . → Read More: River of Herbs – 10th February

River of Herbs

Flower spikes, 2008

A little update on what is happening with the River of Herbs project…

I have chosen two sites to focus on for the course which I’m running between February and June 2013. One will be Fraunhofferstraat in Oost Watergraafsmeer and the other is hopefully going to be a portion of Spuistraat, in Amsterdam Centrum. . . . → Read More: River of Herbs

Proposed dates for 2013 River of Herbs course


Some time ago, 24 people signed up for my River Of Herbs training course, which will take place during 2013. There are no more spaces available at this time. The course is being completely funded by a Dutch government initiative to help the volunteer greeners of this country, obtain training.

I’d like to set . . . → Read More: Proposed dates for 2013 River of Herbs course

Funded River of Herbs Course!

Guest Hollyhock in my geveltuin

The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation is currently offering a limited number of grants (vouchers) to environmental volunteers who want to follow workshops/trainings in the area of nature and landscape management. If you want to learn how to participate in the River of Herbs project then this could be you!

River . . . → Read More: Funded River of Herbs Course!

Hollyhock Seeds & Fraunhofferstraat

Hollyhock seeds on table

Here are some Hollyhock seed heads from the plant which found its way to my geveltuin last year. I harvested one really dry, ripe seed head today and collected the seeds from within. They are beautifully arranged in a wheel-like pattern and are big enough for kids to deal with.

Hollyhock is a . . . → Read More: Hollyhock Seeds & Fraunhofferstraat


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