The secret garden blooms

Mary Barr (7) and Catherine Murphy (8) love to help out in the New Victoria Gardens.
Mary Barr (7) and Catherine Murphy (8) love to help out in the New Victoria Gardens.

A HISTORIC allotment will be opening its doors to the public next week for one day only this year.

The New Victoria Gardens annual flower show and open day is on next Saturday between 2pm and 5pm.

The annual event has been on the go for at least a century and features the best of the year’s harvest.

Sharon Schweps, who helps organise the celebration, told The Extra: “Our open day is a chance for city dwellers to get a feel of the rural village shows that happen all over Scotland in the summer.

“It’s the only time in the year when we allow the public to go round the whole of the allotments and it’s great to show people how productive a piece of inner city ground can be.

“More people growing their own veg would mean fewer food miles travelled to bring fruit and veg into the city — and Glasgow’s carbon footprint would be a size smaller”.

There will be prize-winning fruit and vegetables and the best specimen flowers from the gardens at the peak of summer on show.

They will be on display in the original brick garden hall where the entries will have been judged earlier in the day – and most will be will be sold off at bargain prices for visitors.

People can enjoy a separate plant stand for houseplants and perennials, fresh cut flowers and produce – with free advice from the people who grew them.

And the legendary New Victoria Gardens afternoon tea room will also be in full swing with delicious home baking.

The Garden Cafe will offer Indian and vegetarian food and there will be a range of stalls including crafts, bric-a-brac, honey and jam and tombola.

Sharon added: “There will be lots of fun for children, including face-painting, a bouncy castle and free garden-themed games.

“I would urge everyone to come along and find out what’s going on in this wonderful space.

“Entering through a green door in a brick wall at the cul de sac in Glenapp Street, just off Albert Drive, visitors are invariably amazed to find a riotous mix of flowers and vegetables growing in the middle of such a high density urban neighbourhood.

“With close to 200 would-be gardeners on the waiting list to rent one of just 64 plots, this secluded space in Pollokshields must be some of the most sought after land in the city”.

Entry is £1 and accompanied children under the age of 12 go for free.