Sow. Nurture. Flourish.

We're delighted to introduce you to our latest arrival on campus, The Floating Meadow and Chill Garden: a vibrant barge adorned in wildflowers and grasses, complete with a stylish pop-up chill garden.

Launching on World Planting Day, Wednesday 21st March, in conjunction with local garden specialists Clifton Nurseries, the boat will be seeded with specially selected blooms that bring a spring meadow-vibe to Paddington Central. Docked on Grand Union Canal, local workers and residents will be inspired to sow, nurture and flourish their way through spring, getting that much-needed city escape and fresh air.

Gardening journalist and How To Grow Stuff author, Alice Vincent, will host a string of talks on the boat during March. For World Planting Day, sessions will include Growing For Wellbeing and Greening Your Urban Space, followed by The Easiest Edibles To Sow Now on 28th March, providing you with advice and inspiration for your own garden.

On World Planting Day itself, we are giving away 2,000 free wellbeing plants to local residents, workers and visitors to Paddington Central. Studies have shown that wellbeing plants with air-purifying benefits improve productivity at work and overall health, as well as boosting air quality and happiness. The plant giveaway starts at 8am on  21st March – make sure you get to The Floating Meadow early to avoid missing out!

World Planting Day at Paddington Central
Wednesday 21st March 2018

Get out in the fresh air and visit The Floating Meadow and Chill Garden on the Grand Union Canal.

  • 8am - 4pm Pick up a FREE plant for your desk at the pop-up plant shop by The Floating Meadow barge
  • 12:30pm Growing for Wellbeing talk with gardening expert and author Alice Vincent 
  • 1pm - 2pm Gardening 101 – Ask Alice Vincent anything
  • 6:30pm Greening Your Space talk with gardening expert and author Alice Vincent