Wendy Shillam’s roof top plot will be of interest to anyone wanting to grow edibles in an urban location. Situated five floors up in London W1 and five minutes from Oxford Circus, this unlikely garden makes use of raised beds with only six inches of soil. Wendy grows herbs and salad crops organically. There is a tiny greenhouse full of tomatoes and cucumbers. An elder bush, roses and Japanese wineberries protect the beds from high winds. A grapevine flowers and fruits happily above a sunny arbour.. Workshops: This year Wendy is running two small workshops (maximum six persons) on Sunday 21st May and Sunday 4th June (from 2.00pm to 5.00pm). Entitled ‘Leaf Lore’, she’ll be sharing the knowhow she’s learned over the years about challenging urban locations. The workshop includes growing information, a tasting and nutritional tips. The workshop will suit anyone who wants to improve their diet by growing in pots, on a windowsill, a balcony or on a rooftop, whether in sun or in shade. Book by phoning 07957 438 666 or email coffeeinthesquare@me.com. Workshops £70/person (includes refreshments). Private Tours: In addition the rooftop plot will be open by appointment throughout the fringe. It’s a small plot so appointments are necessary. Wendy will be happy to give your party (maximum six persons) a private tour of the garden. Book by phoning 07957 438 666 or email coffeeinthesquare@me.com. Tours £5/person See the separate workshop page for other events throughout the summer that are not part of the Chelsea Fringe.

Visits by appointment please.  Contact me on twitter @rooftopvegplot

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