tea by post: netherton blend

You are invited to Netherton Library for a restful season of tea-making. This summer we will be planting and growing herbs for tea in the raised beds at the library, and creating a special library tea blend to be harvested in the autumn.

We will begin slowly – to see what is already growing, what we can contribute and what we can harvest. Alongside gentle gardening and growing, we will learn about the health benefits of herbs and wild plants with herbalist Sue Sprung, encourage our observation through drawing, and enjoy a bespoke tea blend in early Autumn.

tea by post is a social art project by artist Brenda Kearney, inviting collaboration with the natural environments in which we live. It was motivated by the Covid-19 pandemic, as a way to reconnect and build community in challenging times. It brings together people, plants and place, as a way to nurture ourselves and our gardens.

All events will be held at Netherton Library. Please book for all events via Eventbrite or let a librarian know you would like to come along.

a herbal walk with sue sprung

Tuesday 12th July | Netherton Library | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

We’ll meet in the library garden to take a look at what herbs and wild plants are already growing in the raised beds, and to think about what we might like to grow. As we walk from the garden and along the canal, herbalist Sue Sprung will talk us through the health benefits of herbs and wild plants which are already growing near Netherton Library. We’ll stop along the way to take notes and draw what we find. We’ll return to the library garden to taste a variety of herbal teas together.

herb planting and picnic

Friday 22nd July || 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us for a morning of planting herbs for tea, and a herby lunch in the garden as part of our monthly Chopping Club, where we come together to collectively chop, cook and eat a meal together in the library.

gardening, drawing, gathering and drying plants

Tuesday 30th August | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – please book on Eventbrite here.

gardening, drawing, gathering and drying plants

Tuesday 27th September | Time TBC – bookings available in September.

fire cider and garden imagining

Tuesday 25th October | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – bookings available in October.

Past Events

Sep 2022 Netherton Library

We will be meeting outside at Netherton Library again, nurturing and observing the plants which we have been growing in the back garden.

Join us for another session with guest — local herbalist Sue Sprung. We’ll be doing some light gardening and planting as well as learning from Sue about the properties of the herbs that we are growing together, as we begin to think about creating our own tea blend for Netherton.

This session will take place Tuesday 27th September from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm at Netherton Library.

Please book to let us know you would like to come and so we can send you some more details closer to the time. Book on Eventbrite here.

If you have any questions, contact a librarian, email hello@atthelibrary.co.uk, or message/text/WhatsApp: 07751240427. Please contact us to discuss your access needs and how we can make this project accessible to you.