Sitting pretty in the green

Next week at Frankendael orchards: Basket weaving with stinging nettle stems and tincturing nettle roots.

Quince and Stinging nettles

If you would like to join,  bring along one or two clean and dry glass jars with lids (around 100ml each is perfect). A pair of rubber or gardening gloves would also be useful, just in case we run out and also secateurs perhaps.

Cost is by donation (a couple of euro to cover the cost of the vodka for tincturing would be much appreciated).

Stripped nettle stems

Stripped nettle stems

Today, our new orchard bench (made by the multitalented Bobby van Vliet) was unveiled and it sits very well! The bench was funded by Burendag 2016.

Gardeners rest. Frankendael orchards.

Gardeners rest. Frankendael orchards.

We also harvested some nettle, soaked up some green time and met a very special dog.

Thanks as ever, to all those who came along and looking forward to next week 💚

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Gemeente Haarlemmermeer Workshops



This afternoon was the Groene Loper Festival in Hoofddorp. It was a great success with green groups and businesses showcasing what they can offer to increase sustainability in the area.  We had a great time talking to local people at our stand,  taking some on guided herb walks to the local orchards and signing many up to become green ambassadors in their home towns and villages.


The free River of Herbs workshops in Hoofddorp will be held on two dates in October and November 2016. They will connect locals who are itching to plant edible and medicinal plants in public spaces. They will teach which areas are suitable for herb planting,  which plants to use,  how, when and why to liaise with the local council,  how to motivate your neighbours and how to get funding and free plants. Sessions will be in Dutch and we can’t wait to get started!


We can take just a few more sign ups for the workshops and are specifically seeking people from across Gemeente Haarlemmermeer. 17 super enthusiastic people signed up from Hoofddorp, Badhoevendorp, Heemstede, Nieuwe Vennep and Lisserbroek. So if you live in another Gemeente Haarlemmermeer dorp and want to join the group – please jump in – we need you!


Email for more information.



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Help the River of Herbs to Flow!


This autumn we are planning workshops in Gemeente Haarlemmermeer and the Betondorp – Watergraafsmeer – Linneausstraat area of Amsterdam Oost. Look out for a few of us at the Groene loper Festival in Hoofddorp on Sunday 26th June and also at PopInn Park on the Middenweg in September.

The autumn workshops are for people who are keen to make their neighborhoods greener and healthier by planting herbs in disused spaces.

The River Bridge workshops provide the skills, knowledge and confidence to organize and lead street gardening teams, events and gatherings so that more and more herbs grow in our towns and cities!

You will learn about:

  • suitable herb garden locations
  • getting permission and financial support
  • wildlife and people friendly plants
  • how to organise street gardening
  • low cost sustainable gardening methods
  • and much more.

If you would like to know more, please make contact. We want to train a few people from each neighborhood so that by spring 2017 you are up and running, helping create beautiful and useful rivers of herbs in your area.

If you are keen to lead others and to make your area more green, healthy and community centered, we would love to hear from you!

Please note that you don’t need to be an expert gardener to join these workshops. Enthusiasm and determination to make a difference are what we are looking for!


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