People love wildlife love community love gardens love history love diversity love bugs love art!
We asked people for comments and memories and things that inspire then, on one of our open days. Lots of comments like this came back too! People around the city can come in and explore now we are able to open the gates once a week.
Picture credit - Maria LaFemina
One of our lovely team of garden volunteers - Lorna
Another lovely picture from Spencer Mullholland.
Old and young get creative in the Secret Garden, and explore one of the many wonderful headstones.
The scarce solitary bee Andrena hattorfiana! Found by volunteer team member Maria after she got the buzz for bees and started looking in local meadows and green spaces to see what she could find!
We often have arty workshops for kids. See our diary page.
Garden friends are always smiling! Thanks for the lovely apple sauce too Robin, it was yummy.
Borage - A super plant for bees.
The wonderful, late emerging Ivy bee (Colletes hederae) just checking out its burrow in the ground. This bee will forage almost entirely on Ivy flowers, so please keep an area of Ivy if you can.
Dressing our Christmas tree with wishes.
Teasels are great for bees - and birds.
Sarah and the wonderful 'Downton Chamber Voices' sing us some traditional and ancient songs.
An old map of the site shows how big the church yard is.
What is it all about? (asks Raffy the dog)
This sums up the whole project very nicely!
Someone wrote this when we asked 'what inspires you'?
All Alliums are great for pollinators!
A male Hairy-Footed Flower bee (Anthophora plumipes) sitting on a Primrose at The Secret Garden - this bee emerges from its holes in wall cavities and old mortar in Spring. One of the first to emerge each year.
Bella the friendly cemetery cat (actually she lives next door) but we love her!
Plant - Red bartsia. This plant feeds a really special bee commonly known as the red bartsia bee (because it happens to favour this plant). The bee (not the one in the picture) is called Melitta tricincta and you can find lots of info and some pictures of it on BWARS.com bee pages.
Paul and Linda prepare for some chilly visitors at our festive event. Mince pies and mulled punch at the ready.
The original Salisbury Journal article about St Clements church and the decision to take it down.
Bugle (Ajuga reptans) is a wonderful source of nectar for bees, naturally a woodland edge plant so it can put up with an amount of dappled shade for part of the day.
Our spiced mulled brew - all set for our Festive day.
Winter warmers for a very cold day.
The Salisbury Writing Circle book launch.
Member of the Salisbury Writing Circle have created a beautiful book of short stories for us, to keep at the garden. Come in to read it!
Thanks to all the authors and to Tom Bromley who runs the group.
Thanks also to Helen for the wonderful book binding, using leaves from the garden.
The short stories book launch.
Bee expert Stuart Roberts holds our first bee talk in 2015 and shows people the differences in some common bumble bees.
A plum tree goes in thanks to Abbie - who was changing her garden space and donated it to us.
A donated compost bin becomes our Slow Worm home.. fingers crossed!
Donations come in all the time, and our snowdrops are now doing really well. Thank you!
Steve Webster holds a history talk as part of the 'Heritage Weekend'
Some of the things we have found at the site.
Thanks so much to Simon and number one helper for taking care of the fruit trees! Thank you also to Landford Trees for donating three of them.
BBC Wilts interviews us in our first month of being at the site.
St Clements church only had enough room for about 60 people.
Wessex Archaeology prepare to do a GPR across the site. Thank you to them, and to Steve Webster for arranging this.
The boys who know about old things! (I think they are called Archaeologists)
We promote upcycling and trying to buy second hand. This is our first batch of donated tools, unwanted by someone else and loved and used by us! Part of our mission to use the least newly bought stuff as possible. Not buying new things means we are super wildlife friendly, by not having packaging used, or chemical processes, or shipping.
We find creative ways to talk about bees and other pollinators. This old plant pot was painted by volunteer team member Julie.
Our wheelchair access point goes in.
If you see beauty in old magical spaces, you will love The Secret Garden Salisbury. Find us in google maps or just go to Mill Road and look for a big wall with an old gate.
A Toad has claimed a bag of compost. Picture by Spencer Mulholland.
Bees love open flowers like Hollyhock. Picture by Spencer Mulholland.