We start 2022 in the GMG with great optimism. Since our shaky, Covid-clouded beginnings, we have put key plants in the ground, added quite a lot of explanatory signage, maintained the garden to a high standard throughout 2021 when we had our grand opening, with Belfast's Lord Mayor. In addition, we have engaged with so many members of the public both as visitors to the garden, over the railings, and as customers at our series of pop-up plant and ceramic sales.
We had no sooner begun our gardening year of 2022 with seasonal tasks such as leaf gathering and judicious hoeing, when we had the serendipitous opportunity to participate in Northern Ireland Science Week, specifically in the spectacular outdoor night-time 'Body' Installation.
This gave us the chance to welcome the public into our garden which became Memory Lane for the purposes of the experience, engage with them and explain that they were in the FoBBG Global Medicine Garden. In spite of the facts that we were in February, and after dark, this was a wonderful opportunity for publicity both of the GMG and of FoBBG, and, in spite of two nights' cancellation due to stormy weather, members rallied round and we made the most of it.
So far, around 160 species from around the globe, all with herbal associations, have been planted and accessioning has begun. Throughout the project we have benefitted from co-operation and support from council and gardening staff.