Keeping The Lights On - Week 11

7 June 2020

Hello again,

It's been a week of changeable weather, which has been no bad thing after several warm and dry weeks - the plants at the garden have really appreciated the extra water. The long sunny period has had one particularly pleasing result however, the pond at the garden now has several waterlilies in bloom, it's quite impressive to see how quickly they will open and close as the weather changes.

Name Our Beehives

Anyone involved with the beekeeping at the Physic Garden last year may remember that our three beehives had been given the footballing names, 'Brentford, Barnet, and Basildon' - three teams who all have the same nickname 'The Bees'. With our two new hives in place inside the garden itself we thought it might be fun to ask if any of our members can suggest names for them. Any names with any theme will be accepted for consideration, puns are certainly not compulsory but will not be overlooked! I can't promise that we will be taking honey from them this year, but whoever names the hives can expect to receive a free jar of honey whenever we are able to harvest some - please send your suggestions to

It was a pleasure to be able to contribute to Faversham Town Council's virtual World Environment Day event this week - see below for our video, as well as more on recent and upcoming events in and around the garden and our community.

- Tom.


Men's Shed Meetups

The Physic Garden men's shed is just one of many across Kent, and of course most are unable to be open for their members at the moment. So the county-wide organisation have been setting up online Zoom meetings for anyone who would like to get together for a chat. The following links and details will give you access to this week's meetings:

Tuesday 9th June- 11am

Meeting ID: 832 6255 1183

Password: 663208

Thursday 11th June-2pm

Meeting ID: 896 8645 6351

Password: 943519

World Environment Day

Last Friday was World Environment Day. Rather than cancel the event, Faversham Town Council took it online and put together a series of videos and information packages on the theme of biodiversity. The Abbey Physic Community Garden was one contributor, click the image to watch our World Environment Day video, and click here for all of the other content from the event.

Song For the Season

This week, the clouds have come over us meteorologically and metaphorically, so Lissie has chosen a song offering us hope and simple truth, 'Light is stronger than darkness' with words attributed to Archbishop Desmond Tutu. It's a powerful message that, through song, we can take into our hearts. Click the image to watch.

Raindrops on Roses

After such a long dry spell, the sudden rainfall came as quite a relief, not least to the plants at the garden. This sudden squall was particularly picturesque as it played on the rose garden, sending the flowers dancing - click the image to watch.

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Be safe, we will see you soon - from all at the Abbey Physic Community Garden