REEP News

Real Jardín Botanico, Madrid (Scholarship 2018)

Today I visited Real Jardín Botanico, Madrid – one of the gardens we hope for our REEP McLAREN Scholars to visit next Spring. These lovely botanical gardens were opened by King Carlos III in 1781, with the aim of creating a garden in which to grow and display plant species from every corner of the Spanish Empire. They were also intended to be used to grow medicinal plants to supply Madrid’s hospitals. Today, over 30,000 plant species are grown in the botanical gardens, with the most notable collection being of Mediterranean flora.

You can see photos of my visit to the botanical gardens on the rhiannon@reep Facebook Page

For more about Real Jardín Botanico, Madrid visit http://www.rjb.csic.es/jardinbotanico/jardin/

Real Jardín Botanico, Madrid (Scholarship 2018) 2017-11-17T08:57:04+00:00

Casa de Pilatos (Scholarship 2018)

I am in here in Seville with Inés to plan Round 2 of the REEP McLAREN Scholarship, which will take place in Spain next year. This afternoon we visited Casa de Pilatos to see the beautiful patios and gardens of this Renaissance/Mudéjar-Gothic palace. We hope to take our 2018 Scholars to visit here.

Casa de Pilatos is a gorgeous Andalucían palace which was built in the 15th-16th centuries by the Enríquez de Ribera family. Influenced by 16th century Italian design, the ducal owners gradually added flourishes of the Italian Renaissance to the Palace, seamlessly fusing it with the the traditional Andalucían Mudéjar-Gothic style. Sadly, the family lost it’s titles during the 17th century and the architectural importance of the palace was largely forgotten until the 19th century Neo-Mudéjar craze, when the Moorish style became popular in Andalucía once more. Further Mudéjar features were then added to the palace and it is today celebrated for its harmonious blend of mudejar-Gothic, Renaissance and romantic styles, and for its beautiful patios and gardens.

* Mudéjar is the name given to individual Moors or Muslims of Al-Andalus in Spain. Mudéjar-Gothic is a term used to refer to the incipient Gothic style and the Muslim influences that were integrated with it.

You can find photos of my visit here on the rhiannon@reep Facebook page 

For more information visit http://en.fundacionmedinaceli.org/monumentos/pilatos/descubra_historia.aspx

Casa de Pilatos (Scholarship 2018) 2017-11-16T12:56:34+00:00

Hotel Las Casas de Judaría (Scholarship Round 2)

I am in here in Seville with Inés to plan Round 2 of the REEP McLAREN Scholarship, which will take place in Spain next year. This evening we visited Hotel Las Casas de Judaría to see the famous patios within. We hope to take our Scholars there during the Scholarship next year.

At the heart of the hotel is a labyrinth of 27 small, traditional Andalucían houses, each with its own plant-filled patio. Every patio is unique in style, with lush planting, fountains and decorative tiles, and balconies bursting with hanging potted plants. The patios are connected by a network of underground tunnels, so wandering around the hotel is like wandering around a little Spanish village. The hotel’s history began when a Spanish Duke bought a small house in Seville’s Jewish Quarter – it expanded as he gradually added more and more of the neighbouring houses to his collection.

You can see the photos of my visit here on the rhiannon@reep Facebook page

For more about Hotel Las Casas de Judaría visit http://www.lascasasdelajuderiasevilla.com/en/

Hotel Las Casas de Judaría (Scholarship Round 2) 2017-11-16T13:12:59+00:00

2018 REEP McLAREN Scholarship in Spain

This week I’ve joined Inés in Spain to plan the 2018 REEP McLAREN International Gardening Scholarship which is due to take place in Andalucía and Madrid next Spring. Keep an eye on the news page as I’ll be posting about some of the gardens our Scholars may be working and gardening in.

For more information about the REEP McLAREN Scholarship please visit the Scholarship section of the website

2018 REEP McLAREN Scholarship in Spain 2017-11-15T13:38:46+00:00

‘Growing Gardeners’ Conference: DAY THREE

Today, our gardening professionals from Morocco, Spain and England were back with us in Essaouira for the third day of the ‘Growing Gardeners’ Landscape Conference.

Conference participants work in groups to discuss the way forward

We worked in groups to discuss what we learnt during the conference and to consider the way forward.

 

REEP Director, Diana Lazenby McLaren presents certificates on the final evening

The conference closed with a certificate ceremony and a traditional Moroccan dinner generously provided by our Director, Diana, and her husband, Richard McLaren.

 

REEP Director, Diana Lazenby McLaren with her husband Richard McLaren, after they have been presented with thank you gifts by conference participants

On behalf of everyone who attended the conference I would like to say a huge thank you to Diana and Richard McLaren for their incredible generosity and hospitality during the ‘Growing Gardeners’ conference. The group presented the couple with flowers and a Moroccan candle as thank you gifts.

 

REEP would also like to thank everybody who supported the conference and who helped to make it the success that it was!

 

More About the Conference:

This year the ‘SHORE TO SHORE’ Festival initiated by REEP focuses on Gardens, recognising COP22 and the United Nations Year of Sustainable Development. By using existing work in Britain, Morocco and Spain, the Conference explores ways of encouraging young people to be more aware of their environment and to become educated in creating, maintaining and using gardens and public spaces. The conference takes place in Marrakech and Essaouira, Morocco.

Presentations have a particular focus on educational and health settings, as well as the importance of education for sustainable development and tourism. The expected outcomes of the conference include the creation of a network of individuals and organisations in Morocco, Spain and Britain, interested in social, personal and educational development through gardening and landscape architecture.

 

Hommage:

The Conference is dedicated to two great Gardeners, one recently deceased, Mohammed El Faiz, and one, Gertrude Jekyll who has been dead for many years but who is seen as one of the most important historic figures in British gardening. She was dedicated to education and her family has been among those who have enabled this event to take place.

‘Growing Gardeners’ Conference: DAY THREE 2017-11-10T18:31:18+00:00

‘Growing Gardeners’ Conference: DAY TWO

Today, our gardening professionals from Morocco, Spain and England travelled east to Marrakech for the second day of the ‘Growing Gardeners’ Landscape Conference. Here are some of the highlights…

In the first session of the day we visited a number of sites to see projects in action, including:

Conference participants visit the garden of a psychiatric hospital in Marrakech

The garden of a Marrakech Psychiatric Hospital

 

Students perform an Eco-song for conference participants at the Eco School '11 Janvier', Marrakech

Eco-School ‘11th January’. Everyone was very inspired by the work the school is doing to encourage students to respect and care for the environment. They even performed a delightful Eco-song for us!

 

Lunch at the Amal Women's Project in Marrakech

We stopped for lunch at the Amal Women’s Training Centre and Moroccan Restaurant. We had a talk from the inspirational director, Nora Belahcen Fitzgerald.

 

Conference Participants are given a tour of the water cycle exhibit at Environmental Education Centre (CEE), Marrakech

After lunch, we visited the Environmental Education Centre Marrakech (CEE). Here, we received a tour of a Model exhibition of Marrakech’s water system by the CEE Director, Brahim Chitaoui.

 

Conference participants on the stage in the Anglo-Moroccan Shakespeare Garden at Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech

Finally, we visited Cadi Ayyad University Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences to see the Anglo-Moroccan Shakespeare Garden which REEP helped to create in 2014.

 

The Anglo-Moroccan Shakespeare Garden at Cadi Ayyad University.

The Anglo-Moroccan Shakespeare Garden at Cadi Ayyad University. You may remember that we were restoring it a couple of weeks ago. Well, now it is looking lovely indeed!

 

Conference participants watch Sarah and Heather perform Shakespeare on the stage in the Anglo-Moroccan Shakespeare Garden at Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech

Our Shore to Shore actors, Sarah and Heather, treated us to a Shakespearean performance on the stage within the garden, and the French department performed for us too.

 

 

We finished the day with discussions on the theme of ‘Gardens, Sustainability and Tourism’. We had presentations by…

Glyn Jones, Head of Gardens for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust presents at Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech

Glyn Jones, Head of Gardens, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

 

Ricardo Librero, Landscape Architect, Seville, presents at Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech

Ricardo Librero, Landscape Architect, Seville, presents at Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech

 

Then all too soon it was time to return to Essaouira…

Conference Participants visit an Organ Cooperative outside Essaouira

Conference Participants visited an argan cooperative outside Essaouira on the journey home from Marrakech

 

More About the Conference:

This year the ‘SHORE TO SHORE’ Festival initiated by REEP focuses on Gardens, recognising COP22 and the United Nations Year of Sustainable Development. By using existing work in Britain, Morocco and Spain, the Conference explores ways of encouraging young people to be more aware of their environment and to become educated in creating, maintaining and using gardens and public spaces. The conference takes place in Marrakech and Essaouira, Morocco.

Presentations have a particular focus on educational and health settings, as well as the importance of education for sustainable development and tourism. The expected outcomes of the conference include the creation of a network of individuals and organisations in Morocco, Spain and Britain, interested in social, personal and educational development through gardening and landscape architecture.

 

Hommage:

The Conference is dedicated to two great Gardeners, one recently deceased, Mohammed El Faiz, and one, Gertrude Jekyll who has been dead for many years but who is seen as one of the most important historic figures in British gardening. She was dedicated to education and her family has been among those who have enabled this event to take place.

‘Growing Gardeners’ Conference: DAY TWO 2017-11-10T18:23:28+00:00

‘Growing Gardeners’ Conference: DAY ONE

Gardening professionals from Morocco, Spain and England have joined us at Dar Souiri Museum in Essaouira for the ‘Growing Gardeners’ Landscape Conference. Here are today’s highlights…

The Opening Address at Dar Souiri, Essaouira

REEP Director, Diana Lazenby McLaren gave an opening address, explaining the context and aims of the encounter

 

Session One’s theme was ‘Gardens and Education’. We had presentations from…

M’barek L’Harcha, Provincial Director of Education, Essaouira, presents at Dar Sour in Essaouira

M’barek L’Harcha Provincial Director of Education, Essaouira

 

Neil Miller, Head of Gardens, Hever Castle, presents at Dar Souiri, Essaouira

Neil Miller Head of Gardens, Hever Castle

 

Souad Layadi Regional Co-ordinator of Sustainable Development, Académie de la Région de Marrakech-Safi, and Rebecca Ashbey Cressing Temple Garden, Essex.

 

The Theme of Session Two was ‘Gardens and Health’. There were presentations by…

Hassane Hargoune, CHAMS Association for Mental Health, Marrakech, presents at Dar Souri Museum in Essaouira

Hassan Hargoune, Chams Association for Mental Health, Marrakech

 

Sam Crosfield, Royal College of Physicians’ Garden, London, presents at Dar Souri in Essaouira

Sam Crosfield, Royal College of Physicians’ Garden, London

 

In the third session of the day we visited Collége El Jadida to see a project in action. REEP helped to create a school garden here as part of Shore to Shore 2014, and the college have been inspired to continue developing gardens and encouraging students to garden ever since.

A new garden area at El Jadida College in Essaouira

Look this new garden area that the school has created – what a clever use of coloured stones and geometric patterns!

 

El Jadida College students perform Gnaoua for conference participants

Students from El Jadida College performed a traditional Moroccan dance called Gnaoua for the conference participants

 

More About the Conference:

This year the ‘SHORE TO SHORE’ Festival initiated by REEP focuses on Gardens, recognising COP22 and the United Nations Year of Sustainable Development. By using existing work in Britain, Morocco and Spain, the Conference explores ways of encouraging young people to be more aware of their environment and to become educated in creating, maintaining and using gardens and public spaces. The conference takes place in Marrakech and Essaouira, Morocco.

Presentations have a particular focus on educational and health settings, as well as the importance of education for sustainable development and tourism. The expected outcomes of the conference include the creation of a network of individuals and organisations in Morocco, Spain and Britain, interested in social, personal and educational development through gardening and landscape architecture.

 

Hommage:

The Conference is dedicated to two great Gardeners, one recently deceased, Mohammed El Faiz, and one, Gertrude Jekyll who has been dead for many years but who is seen as one of the most important historic figures in British gardening. She was dedicated to education and her family has been among those who have enabled this event to take place.

‘Growing Gardeners’ Conference: DAY ONE 2017-11-10T18:02:22+00:00

‘Growing Gardeners’ Conference Begins

Gardening professionals from Morocco, Spain and England have joined together in Essaouira for the International Landscape Conference initiated by REEP. Today conference attendees had time get to know one another in preparation for the first day of the conference tomorrow.

 

REEP Exhibition at Dar Souiri Museum in Essaouira

 

Our Director’s husband, Richard McLaren, generously treated the conference participants to canapés and drinks at the Heure Bleu hotel, where we all enjoyed seeing the beautiful roof terrace and the tropical planting in the courtyard.

Conference Participants in the courtyard of the Heure Bleu Palais in Essaouira

 

More About the Conference:

This year the ‘SHORE TO SHORE’ Festival initiated by REEP focuses on Gardens, recognising COP22 and the United Nations Year of Sustainable Development. By using existing work in Britain, Morocco and Spain, the Conference explores ways of encouraging young people to be more aware of their environment and to become educated in creating, maintaining and using gardens and public spaces. The conference takes place in Marrakech and Essaouira, Morocco.

Presentations have a particular focus on educational and health settings, as well as the importance of education for sustainable development and tourism. The expected outcomes of the conference include the creation of a network of individuals and organisations in Morocco, Spain and Britain, interested in social, personal and educational development through gardening and landscape architecture.

 

Conference Presenters:

Rebecca Ashbey, Cressing Temple Garden, Essex

Sam Crosfield, Royal College of Physicians’ Garden, London

M’barek L’Harcha, Provincial Director of Education, Essaouira

Hassan Hargoune, CHAMS Association for Mental Health, Marrakech

Glyn Jones Head of Gardens, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Souad Layadi, Regional Co-ordinator of Sustainable Development, Académie de la Région de Marrakech-Safi

Ricardo Librero Landscape Architect, Seville

Neil Miller, Head of Gardens, Hever Castle

Ouidad Tebbaa, Professor, Cadi Ayyad University

 

Projects in Action:

Amal Women’s Project, Marrakech

The ‘Anglo-Moroccan Shakespeare Garden’ at the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech

Collège El Jadida, Essaouira

Eco-School ‘11th January’, Marrakech

Environmental Education Centre (CEE), Marrakech

Saada Psychiatric Hospital, Marrakech

 

Hommage:

The Conference is dedicated to two great Gardeners, one recently deceased, Mohammed El Faiz, and one, Gertrude Jekyll who has been dead for many years but who is seen as one of the most important historic figures in British gardening. She was dedicated to education and her family has been among those who have enabled this event to take place.

‘Growing Gardeners’ Conference Begins 2017-11-10T17:50:42+00:00

Happy St. George’s Day!

On St George’s Day, English people remember England’s patron saint, St. George, who died on April 23. According to legend, St. George was a Roman soldier who killed an evil dragon and saved a beautiful princess. St. George’s Day is England’s national day but it is no longer a public holiday. Celebrations traditionally include parades and dancing. Many buildings fly the English flag which bears the red and white cross of St. George. Some people chose to wear a red rose as a mark of respect. For more information see https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/uk/st-george-day

 

Happy St. George’s Day! 2017-04-23T07:53:24+00:00

Shakespeare Son et Lumière at London’s Guildhall

Yesterday I visited The Guildhall in London to watch a free Shakespeare Son et Lumière which commemorated Shakespeare through fantastic modern interpretations in light, sound and performance screened onto the historic Great Hall (one of the few buildings to survive the Great Fire of London in 1666!). Part of London’s Shakespeare 400 celebrations and The Barbican’s Shakespeare Weekender: Play On, the event was an outstanding success – well done to everyone involved.

You can find photos of the Son et Lumière on my Facebook page Rhiannon@reep or watch videos on our REEP Shore to Shore YouTube Channel

Shakespeare Son et Lumière at London’s Guildhall 2017-11-01T16:28:39+00:00

Programme for ‘Growing Gardeners’ Conference

We’re delighted to share with you the programmer for the international ‘Growing Gardeners’ Conference due to take place in Morocco in May 2017.

 

Growing Gardeners Programme GB Apr Fin

 

About the Conference:

This year the ‘SHORE TO SHORE’ Festival initiated by REEP will focus on Gardens, recognising COP22 and the United Nations Year of Sustainable Development. By using existing work in Britain, Morocco and Spain, the Conference will explore ways of encouraging young people to be more aware of their environment and to become educated in creating, maintaining and using gardens and public spaces. The conference is due to take place in Marrakech and Essaouira during the first week in May.

Presentations will have a particular focus on educational and health settings, as well as the importance of education for sustainable development and tourism. The outcomes of the conference will include the creation of a network of individuals and organisations in Morocco, Spain and Britain, interested in social, personal and educational development through gardening and landscape architecture.

 

Hommage:

The Conference is dedicated to two great Gardeners, one recently deceased, Mohammed El Faiz, and one, Gertrude Jekyll who has been dead for many years but who is seen as one of the most important historic figures in British gardening. She was dedicated to education and her family has been among those who have enabled this event to take place.

 

For more information or to get involved, contact the REEP Director, Diana Lazenby McLaren at director@reepinfo.org

Programme for ‘Growing Gardeners’ Conference 2017-11-10T17:30:58+00:00

Happy St. David’s Day!

Today is St David’s Day, so it’s time to celebrate the daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus is our native British one). Saint David is the patron saint of Wales, and the day is both a celebration of St David and of Welsh culture. Many people in Britain wear a daffodil on their clothing today, as the daffodil (Cenninen Pedr, or ‘Saint Peter’s Leek’ in Welsh) is the national flower of Wales #stdavidsday

Happy St. David’s Day! 2017-04-22T16:39:22+00:00

New Video about our 2017 Landscape Conference

Preparations are under way for ‘GROWING GARDENERS’, our ‘Shore to Shore’ conference to be held in Essaouira and Marrakesh from 10-12th May. Our media partners, Marrakesh7, have started to raise interest already as this video shows. We are delighted to be working with them and other Moroccan and Spanish partners to create an event that should stimulate an interest in gardening as a cultural meeting point for young people in all three countries.

New Video about our 2017 Landscape Conference 2017-04-22T16:50:08+00:00

Presenters announced for ‘Growing Gardeners’ Conference

Remember last month that we told you that this year’s ‘Shore to Shore’ Festival will focus on Gardens in recognition of COP22 and the United Nations Year of Sustainable Development? Well, today we’re excited to announce the presenters! They are:

  • Rebecca Ashbey, Cressing Temple Garden, Essex
  • Sam Crosfield, Royal College of Physicians’ Garden, London
  • M’barek L’Harcha, Provincial Director of Education, Essaouira
  • Hassan Hargoune, CHAMS Association for Mental Health, Marrakech
  • Glyn Jones Head of Gardens, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
  • Souad Layadi, Regional Co-ordinator of Sustainable Development, Académie de la Région de Marrakech-Safi
  • Ricardo Librero Landscape Architect, Seville
  • Neil Miller, Head of Gardens, Hever Castle
  • Ouidad Tebbaa, Professor, Cadi Ayyad University

 

In addition to the presentations, there will be a number visits to see projects in action, including:

  • Amal Women’s Project, Marrakech
  • The ‘Anglo-Moroccan Shakespeare Garden’ at the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech
  • Collège El Jadida, Essaouira
  • Eco-School ‘11th January’, Marrakech
  • Environmental Education Centre (CEE), Marrakech
  • Marrakech Psychiatric Hospital

 

More about the conference:

By using existing work in Britain, Morocco and Spain, the Conference will explore ways of encouraging young people to be more aware of their environment and to become educated in creating, maintaining and using gardens and public spaces.

Presentations will have a particular focus on educational and health settings, as well as the importance of education for sustainable development and tourism. The outcomes of the conference will include the creation of a network of individuals and organisations in Morocco, Spain and Britain, interested in social, personal and educational development through gardening and landscape architecture.

 

Hommage:

The Conference is dedicated to two great Gardeners, one recently deceased, Mohammed El Faiz, and one, Gertrude Jekyll who has been dead for many years but who is seen as one of the most important historic figures in British gardening. She was dedicated to education and her family has been among those who have enabled this event to take place.

 

For more information or to get involved, contact the REEP Director, Diana Lazenby McLaren at director@reepinfo.org

Presenters announced for ‘Growing Gardeners’ Conference 2017-11-10T17:27:34+00:00

Visit My Mosque

Today is national #VisitMyMosque Day, with over 150 mosques around the UK opening their doors to neighbours of all faiths and none. #VisitMyMosque day is a national initiative facilitated by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), encouraging mosques across the UK to hold mosque open days. To find your nearest open mosque see http://www.visitmymosque.org 

Visit My Mosque 2017-04-22T16:41:26+00:00

‘Growing Gardeners’ Conference

This year the ‘SHORE TO SHORE’ Festival initiated by REEP will focus on Gardens, recognising COP22 and the United Nations Year of Sustainable Development. By using existing work in Britain, Morocco and Spain, the Conference will explore ways of encouraging young people to be more aware of their environment and to become educated in creating, maintaining and using gardens and public spaces. The conference is due to take place in Marrakech and Essaouira during the first week in May.

Presentations will have a particular focus on educational and health settings, as well as the importance of education for sustainable development and tourism. The outcomes of the conference will include the creation of a network of individuals and organisations in Morocco, Spain and Britain, interested in social, personal and educational development through gardening and landscape architecture.

 

Hommage:

The Conference is dedicated to two great Gardeners, one recently deceased, Mohammed El Faiz, and one, Gertrude Jekyll who has been dead for many years but who is seen as one of the most important historic figures in British gardening. She was dedicated to education and her family has been among those who have enabled this event to take place.

 

For more information or to get involved, contact the REEP Director, Diana Lazenby McLaren at director@reepinfo.org

‘Growing Gardeners’ Conference 2017-11-10T17:21:52+00:00

Happy Christmas from the REEP Team

First Christmas Card 1843

Above: The first Christmas Card. The first Christmas cards were commissioned by Sir Henry Cole and illustrated by John Callcott Horsley in London on 1 May 1843.

Happy Christmas from the REEP Team 2017-11-06T17:51:00+00:00

Coming Soon: REEP Landscape Conference

In another follow-up to the COP22 conference in Marrakech, REEP plans to organise an international landscape conference in Essaouira and Marrakech as part of our Shore to Shore Project next year. Called ‘Growing Gardeners’, the conference will bring together gardening experts from Britain, Morocco and Spain to discuss how we can inspire young people in Morocco to become gardeners. More to come…

Coming Soon: REEP Landscape Conference 2017-11-06T17:45:47+00:00