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Why do ladybirds have spots? What do birds like to eat in Spring? Which insects taste with their feet? Find the answers to these and many other questions and help get the Garden ready for Spring, with our free February holiday workshops for children. We’ll be cosy next to the wood-burning stove in the Pineapple House, so no need to worry if it’s cold, but you can still have a run around the Garden to blow away any winter cobwebs!

bird feedersFeed the Birds
Tuesday 17 February, 2-4pm

Join artist Hyunjung Choi designing beautiful bird-feeders, using recycled juice cartons, paints and your imagination. Then help hang your creations in the Garden trees, to keep all the birds happy!

butterfliesSpot the Butterfly
Wednesday 18 February
, 2-4pm
Help Garden visitors get ready to spot all the amazing butterflies here in Dalston this Spring, by working with artist Emily Tracy to paint your own life-size creations, full of colour and pattern, before arranging them in our own ‘cabinet of curiosities’.

bird podsArchitecture for Birds
Thursday 19 February
, 2-4pm
Make and decorate fantastic bird pods with Emily Tracy, using balloons and recycled newspaper! help install the new habitats in every nook and cranny in the Garden, for the Robins, Sparrows, Blue Tits and other birds, ready for nesting.
ladybird puppet
Friendly Bug Puppets
Friday 20 February, 2-4pm
Hyunjung Choi will show you how to turn everyday materials into amazing puppets, with many legs, spots, stripes, wings and eyes and help answer everything you ever wanted to know about spiders, bees, ladybirds and butterflies.

Our holiday workshops are most suitable for children aged 5 – 11, although younger children are very welcome, as long as a parent or carer works alongside them.

We receive no grant-funding for our children’s holiday programme, so please do try to make a donation to our costs if you can.


February 2015 at the Garden

February 14, 2015


The Garden is open everyday if you want a stroll around or want to enjoy hot chocolate and cake from the cafe. As always there are lots of blankets and hot water bottles to keep you cosy. Opening times in February are:

Sunday – Wednesday 11am – 5pm
Thursday – Saturday 11am – 6pm

Please note at this time of the year, if weather conditions are extremely bad, the Garden and cafe may close early.


Christmas 2014

Thanks to all the staff, volunteers and visitors that have made 2014 such a great year at the Garden. We are closed for the holidays and will re-open at 11am on Thursday 8 January. We look forward to seeing you in 2015!

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Festive Sing-a-long

Thursday 18 December 2014, 7.30pm Join the Stoke Newington School Parents and Community Choir and the Jubilee Singers for a festive evening of singing at the Garden. They will perform a mixture of repertoire including festive favourites, pop and jazz standards followed by a jolly festive sing a long.

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Dalston Gingerbread Forest

Saturday 13 December 2014, 2-4pm Children can join David Latto and Lena Ghaninejad on Saturday in a free festive Gingerbread decorating session – trees, houses and people – to create an edible Dalston landscape! This session is free but donations towards costs are very welcome. Just drop in and stay as long as you like.

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Sound and Light with Rucksack Cinema and Andy Diagram

Saturday 13 December 2014, 7pm

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Make an Ivy wreath for Christmas

Sunday 14 December 2014, 2-4pm Join Dalston resident Diana Weir this Sunday to learn how to make beautiful Winter Ivy wreaths for decorating at Christmas. No booking required and the sessions are free, but donations towards the Garden are as always very welcome!

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It’s a Wonderful Life! Free Festive Film Screening

Sunday 14 December 2014, 6pm NNo need to book but blankets and hot water bottles are limited! Feel free to bring you own blankets and cushions.

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This year’s Final Shadow Lantern workshop

Thursday 11 December 2014, 6-9pm

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Don’t forget to bring a jamjar!

Sunday 7 December 2014, 1-5pm

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Magical Lantern Workshop for children and families

Sunday 7 December 2014, 1-5pmJoin artist Laura Halliwell for the last of this year’s family lantern-making workshops for the Festival of Light. We’ll be transforming jam jars into magical shadow lanterns, so please bring a jam jar (or several) with you if you can. We ask you to leave your lantern at the Garden to […]

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