Chamomile Circle

Over the next year Frances Disley will be working with At the Library exploring solidarity and mutual support structures shared between parents and carers of young families through growing together, and exploring herbs and plants.

Chamomile is one of the oldest medicinal herbs known to humans — this gentle but mighty plant has properties to soothe everything from hay fever to insomnia and anxiety.  Together, we’ve been exploring healing plants that are restoring for the whole family to use including passionflower, calendula, and chamomile.

Over time, together with parents, carers, little ones and librarians, Frances Disley hopes to explore how we might look towards mycelial structures in nature to help imagine new frameworks for supporting each other with the unseen labour of child care.

Past Events

Aug 2022 Bootle Library

As part of our evolving Chamomile Circle sessions, we invite you to come along and explore the plants that are growing at Bootle Library.

We will go on a plant hunt together, and find out a bit more about what we can discover through look, touch, taste and smell. We will see if we find any particular connection to the plants that we find.

Join artist Frances Disley and local herbalist Sue Sprung to explore ways we can look to the plant world as inspiration for creating social and support networks with fellow parents and carers of young children.

This will be a fun, playful session with things for the little ones to do as well as adults. You don’t have to be green fingered or have any prior knowledge of plants for this session, just bring yourselves – we’ll explore together.

Refreshments will be provided. If you or your child have any access needs, please let us know so we can adapt the session to support your needs.

If you have any access needs, any questions about access or general enquires, please email: or text/whatsapp: 07751240427 and our part time team will respond to you as quickly as possible.

This taster session pointing towards a series of events which Frances is planning in September-October for parents, carers and little ones.