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Bangladeshi gardeners steal the show


One of the star attractions at the recent Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in July was a Bangladeshi allot- ment garden created by the Adelaide Community Garden Club in Cambed and garden designer Jeff Travers. They picked up a silver award at the show, organised by the Royal Horticultural Society, and wre featured on a BBC programme about the show.


The Adelaide Community Garden Club is a group of women from Bangladesh who are keen to continue the grow- ing traditions of their homeland, using allotment gardens in Chalk Farm. Featured in the Hampton Coirt Garden were climbing goirds and exotic ama- ranth plants, as well as coriander, fen- ugreek, aubergines and Bangladeshi beans.


One of the gardeners, Luthfunnassa Khanom, says, “In Bangladesh every- one has more space and everybody is


out on the sun. In this country every- body is always cold and on their own inside. Coming here to the allotments is like having an outdoor community life.”


About 20 years ago the Camden resi- dents were offered a gardening plot in an attempt to counter the effects of the visually appalling derelict buildings and tall blocks of flats that dominated the area. People started growing veg- etables, and over the years the plot has become the hub of a thriving garden- ing community. Bangladeshi women have since grown for their daily needs using techniques they had learned from their parents and grandparents in Bangladesh.


According to Jeff Travers, “It was quite an architectural problem to translate Bangladeshi allotments to suit the Hampton Court setting. We used inten- sive Bangladeshi horticultural tech- niques in the growing of the plants, but we arranged them in a way that con- forms to the written rules of 18th cen- tury on which the garden of Hampton Court Palace was modemed.”


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