Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Prince Charles garden party at Clarence House

Prince Charles garden party at Clarence House
I expect Charles sleeps in a four poster like this

Prince Charles opened up his back garden this week for his own 'underground farmers and craft market' at Clarence House. The Start festival focussed on sustainable living, real food, energy efficiency and innovative eco architecture. I was invited by Rude Health to do a 'rant' once more. This time I turned my attention to the hostility shown by meat eaters towards vegetarianism. I asked people to eat less meat. Pretty soft pedal wouldn't you agree? but I could actually see people turning away as I was speaking which was a bit unnerving.
The festival gave us subjects an opportunity to look around the inspiring gardens. Whether you are a monarchist or not, you've got to admit Prince Charles has been beating the drum bravely, often in the face of media scorn, for years on ideas such as organic gardening, farming and ecology that are now accepted as pure common sense. I also agree with him when it comes to architecture; so much modern architecture is soulless and unaesthetic.
Prince Charles garden party at Clarence House

Prince Charles garden party at Clarence House

Prince Charles garden party at Clarence House

Prince Charles garden party at Clarence House
This was an amazing installation on water saving by B & Q. The word 'water' is spelt out in water drops!
Prince Charles garden party at Clarence HouseOn the left, those containers are just water bottles decorated to look like pottery.
Prince Charles garden party at Clarence House
Planting in guttering
Prince Charles garden party at Clarence House
Water garden in a bathtub
Prince Charles garden party at Clarence HousePrince Charles garden party at Clarence House

Prince Charles garden party at Clarence HousePrince Charles garden party at Clarence House

Prince Charles garden party at Clarence House

garlic farm stall
I managed to barter some granola for smoked and elephant garlic.
jane mason of Virtuous Bread
Jane of Virtuous Bread gave a great talk at the Rude health stand. And gave samples of her fantastic bread.

4 comments:

  1. can we know some more about what you spoke about please? also, a bit more about Start - I've never heard of them and I'm quite into all this stuff so a bit of background would be good. Otherwise, good variety of pics - looks like an interesting event.

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  2. Will write up some more on my talk later GD. I don't know anything about Start to be honest...there is a link at the top.
    On book deadline so this was a brief and lazy post!

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  3. We were also there, but unfortunately missed your rantings!
    Jay & Kay

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  4. No one reading your blog could ever accuse you of being lazy (e.g. cobnut mountain)! Terrific peak inside HRH's garden. Picture of lettuces growing out of what looks like a door v interesting. Yes..more about the rant please...when you've got a minute.

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