From Seed to Celebration

The Seed to Celebration concept  is a design which uses the same 16 plants everytime, using the same design, and with a book which offers ideas on how to manage the garden from seed to celeration. The following page explains how the Seed to Celebration works and how it has been developed:

2009 – 2010

The Seed to Celebration idea was first used when Arthur of A.W.Daw Ltd (now called arthurdaw.com) was carrying out private garden design and management. He operated most of the time in the South-West of England but there was one garden in Kensington, London which was hard to get to and hard to get materials in and out. This led to an idea.
1) Everything can be composted on site;
2) The composted down waste could be re-used for feeding the plants;
3) All the plants need not be thrown away and instead re-used for decoration, and the herbs for culinary uses.
For this to be effectively carried out it required a fixed management routine and support by whoever was living in the flat. Therefore, a simple excel sheet with hyperlinks to relevant websites was put together to organise the information. It was only simple instructions on what to do with the compost system, and when to collect the herbs and flowers. This could then be a shared document which could be carried out by either Arthur, the resident of the flat, or anyone else involved in maintaining the garden.
The Seed to Celebration idea was first used when Arthur of A.W.Daw Ltd (now called arthurdaw.com) was carrying out private garden design and management. He operated most of the work in the south-west but there was one garden in Kensington which was hard to get to and hard to get materials in and out. This led to the idea that:
1) everything can be composted on site;
2) the composted down waste could be re-used for feeding the plants;
3) all the plants need not be thrown away and instead re-used for decoration, and the herbs for culinary uses.
For this to be effectively carried out it required a fixed management routine and support by whoever was living in the flat. Therefore, a simple excel sheet with hyperlinks to relevant websites was put together to organise the information. It was only simple instructions on what to do with the compost system, and when to collect the herbs and flowers. This could then be a shared document which could be carried out by either Arthur, and the resident of the flat, or anyone else involved in maintaining the garden.

2011 – 2012

The idea expanded to a large garden in Devon (Mother’s house). All the plants in the garden were to be used for either medicinal, decorative or edible purposes. To this day this rule still applies. In addition there is a wormery along with the principle of collecting the seeds.
All this information has been put into a database on an excel document, and linked to relevant information online.
Since 2012, this garden has become a helpful resource for trying out new ideas and creating videos on how to do the tasks involved in the seed to celebration process.

2013 – 2014

The idea of collecting seeds, composting and re-using the herbs and flowers for a variety of purposes ticked the boxes for training and development for young people who were NEETs (not in training, education or training) and met the objectives for small pools of funding.
Therefore, the concept was replicated but this time in an allotment project in Bristol.
This was when the idea of a celeration was developed. By having an event at the end of the 8 week programme it meant that the young people were working towards a set goal, and with that came self accomplishment and pride. This was a good opportunity to inspire the young people to be entrepreneurial.

2015 – 2016

In 2015 Arthur met Adam Flood, a university graduate. Adam presented the concept and the work to date and won a small bit of funding to create a magazine. In this magazine we explained the broad principles of the concept which held the Seed to Celebration concept together, and related the work to the broader Bristol Green Capital 2015 objectives. 
This was only a small amount of funding but it was enough to promote the project to primary schools in Bristol. It was also enough to give a start up kit to all these schools. The start-up kit included seeds, tools and compost.

2017 – 2018

On the back of the funding we were able to work with youth clubs and schools. From here, the information expanded from the small magazine which included 4 plants to using 16 plants. From carrying out the workshops that we ran we understood first hand what worked and didn’t work.
Here is a blog from Polly, one of the workshop tutors, explaining the experience with one of the workshops:
The Grove at Bedminster has been run for 25 years. 
Once the garden was transformed in February the results were amazing. It is safe to say that Gor and her team were happy with the results and it left us to start planning and carrying out our Seed to Celebration garden……
We learnt that beet burgers made too much mess but the herbs were easy to look after and were easy to use in every meal “

2019 – 2020

From working with 100’s if not 1000’s of young people, installing gardens and understanding the needs of the parents and tutors we have been able to shortlist 16 plants. Each plant has ideas on what to do with them through the summer and winter. We have consolidated and organised this information into a book. The ideas connect users with interactive links to our website. There are also QR Codes for the garden so young people can actively do the work in the garden.
During 2019 and 2020 we have been reaching out to other organisations to help develop the project and information.
In March 2020, the project came into its own. With the Covid 19 outbreak we were able to post the book on approximately 100 Covid-19 facebook groups. It was ideal for self isolating families who wanted to become more sustainable, and appreciated the concept of from seed to celebration

For more information of the seed to celebration plan moving forward- click to download.