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Welcome to Dalston Curve Garden!

You can see the public opening hours for the Garden and Café here.

Our café is open daily during the Garden’s opening times, serving hot drinks, delicious seasonal cakes and bakes, a range of drinks, including locally brewed beer.

We hope you make it in to the Garden soon for a stroll among all the trees and greenery or to relax with coffee and cake or a cold beer at a table in the Garden, watching the Sparrows and Blue Tits enjoying the bird-feeders.

Can you help the Garden recover and thrive?

As a social enterprise, Dalston Curve Garden generates all of its income from the proceeds of our Café and after the COVID related closures and restrictions of the last two years, the Garden is still very much in ‘recovery’ mode and we expect things to be uncertain for some time in 2022.

We are delighted and immensely grateful that we reached our £100,000 Crowdfunder target in Autumn 2021, thanks to the generosity of so many visitors and supporters. For the time being our funding campaign remains open for anyone who would still like to make a donation to support the Garden’s continued recovery. You can make a donation at: https://uk.gofundme.com/f/save-dalston-curve-garden

Sunday 17 July  2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm

Join Alison Benjamin from ‘Urban Bees’ for a bee’s eye view of the Summer flowers, trees and weeds in Dalston Curve Garden, which are loved by the docile wild bees  living in Hackney. 

Learn why these fascinating creatures are so important, how to spot Green-eyed flower bees, large Bumblebees, tiny Solitary bees and ‘Cuckoo’ bees, fascinating facts about bees and the simple steps you can take to help them. 

This event is part of our year-long programme of creative activities at Dalston Curve Garden exploring plants, nature and biodiversity throughout each season. It is supported by Hackney Council’s ‘Hello Again Hackney’ Fund. You can find out about their initiative, which allows residents to take advantage of discounted tickets and invitations to cultural events at venues across Hackney at: www.lovehackney.uk/entertainment-offers

All bee photos © Penny Metal & all event photos © Xixi Zheng/Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

Sunday 31 July 2022, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm

Discover ‘camera-less’ photographic printing techniques with Dalston resident and artist photographer Heather McDonough in these one hour workshops for adults and family groups. ‘Sun-printing’ is inspired by the birth of photography and photographers Fox Talbot and Anna Atkins, who made some of their earliest images using flowers and plants.

You will learn how to produce cyanotype prints and discover how to make wonderful compositions from wildflowers and grasses found in the Curve Garden, using this intriguing process.

Heather has been a professional photographer for twenty years, making work for numerous public commissions and exhibitions in the UK and abroad. She is also a senior lecturer in photography at London Metropolitan University.

There are three sessions in total, starting at 2, 3 & 4pm. We don’t take bookings, but places are limited and are offered on a ‘first come first served’ basis for each session, so we recommend you come early to avoid disappointment. The workshops are free.