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The growing place – The Field, Weleda UK

As I walked around the Weleda Gardens with Head Gardener Claire Hatterley, you can’t help but realise that nature is the teacher here. I was lucky enough to be shown around one of Weleda UK’s biodynamic gardens ‘The Field’ by Head Gardener, Claire Hattersley. Claire has tended these 13 hectares of land for over 20 years. Not only did she tour me around the meadows and crops she describes more as a ‘nature reserve’ than a garden, she also invited me to learn about biodynamic agriculture first hand – helping the team plant a new field of Calendula. I chatted Claire about how she grew a nature reserve, in the very meadow it all started. Growing a nature reserve “This meadow was actually grown 15 years ago by myself and a team. We trod the land with our boots, not with mechanical rollers.” “Machinery didn’t do it, people did it.” “And this become the seeding meadow for all the other meadows is on the site. And now our local wildlife trust is taking our seeds …

Busy hands. Big conversations.

Harvesting Primula with Jan Graafland, Garden Manager in Zoetermeer, NL. The European chapter of Global Garden has begun and the Netherlands has put on such a great show. It wasn’t meant to be a harvest day today but when nature calls, Jan the ‘Nature Manager’ of Weleda Zoetermeer and I came running. When the bees are buzzing around the small yellow Primula flowers it means it prime to get picking. Things run on nature’s calendar here. Here the bees are the boss. Busy hands made for big conversations as together Jan and I picked the 700 grams the in-house pharmacists needed to turn the flowers into natural medicines for the heart. There is a Dutch saying, that goes along the lines : ‘Talking and knitting go hand and hand, but one mustn’t forget about the knitting.’ That might have been a gentle reminder that I was getting too enthralled in the conversation and I needed up the pace on my picking. The harvesting to processing happened in Zoetermeer with-in an hour and a half… that’s fast …

The growing interest in ‘el natural’ lifestyle

Argentina has a history long associated with natural medicines. One that is only growing in popularity with so many Argentinian’s seeking out a more natural lifestyle. ‘People want to know where our raw materials come from.’ Stefan Niewind, Managing Director of Weleda Argentina. I went on a journey find out when the ingredients come from for you. To find this natural treasure trove I left the vibrant city of Buenos Aires 800 kilometres behind to visit Jorge Gusto – the manager of Weleda medicinal garden in the quiet mountains of Córdoba. ‘The soil in the Córdoba mountains is rich in quartz crystals which provide the plants with a lot of energy to grow.’ Jorge Gusto Jorge is the ‘green hands’ that tends the 3.5 hectares of land, 1280 meters above sea level. These gardens cultivate almost all of the plants Weleda needs for the manufacture of their anthroposophic pharmaceuticals and cosmetics in Buenos Aires. The gardens themselves are a picture of health. Bees are buzzing, the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing… ‘Here we …

The Global Garden journey. Here we go.

Pack your bags, let’s wander the Weleda World. From March to June it’s time to embark on a carbon-neutral journey to eleven Weleda bucket-list worthy locations around the world. Colourful pomegranate shrubs in Italy, gardens 1200 metres above sea level in Argentina…. I get excited just thinking about it. Weleda Global Garden is a modern-day version of the Roman ‘Grand Tour’. A journey of curiosity, exploration and discovery learning all about the stories and people behind Weleda. Let’s experience each Weleda location together – including biodynamic gardens, sourcing projects, biodiversity projects and anthroposophy. Together, we’ll meet the gardeners and growers, learning about the natural plant ingredients, bee projects, spa treatments, and Steiner himself. ‘I’ll be your virtual tour guide – your eyes, your ears and your hands so you can discover the Weleda Global Garden whilst I do.’ But, before we get started I bet you want to know where we are heading.     • Sydney / Australia                                      …

Meet the Weleda Global Garden winner

Hi everyone. I’m Lauren Doolan, a Australian blogger also known as Micro Adventurist. Nice to meet you all. On weekdays I work as a Creative Director, on weekends on my blog and social channels @Micro_Adventurist. Not that it feels like work.  I’m an endlessly curious blogger, camera in hand, hunting out the most exciting, soul soaring, bite-size adventures in my own backyard of Melbourne and beyond. It’s my mission to discover the best weekend wanders that inspires us all to disconnect the phone, reconnect from nature and escape the ordinary. So, what is a Micro Adventure you ask? It’s a simple, affordable, adrenalin pumping adventure anyone can take over a weekend, a day, even an afternoon, rather than waiting for a two week block of holidays. ‘We don’t work hard all week to sit on the couch, right!’ Linda Ellis’ poem, ‘The Dash’ had a big impact on me. It’s about how we start and end our lives with only a date. That ‘our life’ is distilled down to the tiny little ‘–‘ or ‘Dash’ …

Hi from Lauren

Hi everyone. I’m Lauren, an Australian blogger also known as Micro Adventurist. And I’m the lucky winner of the Weleda Global Garden competition. I’m an endlessly curious blogger, camera in hand, hunting out the most exciting, soul soaring, bite-size adventures in my own backyard of Melbourne and beyond. It’s my mission to help people explore the outdoors, to inspires us all to disconnect the phone, reconnect from nature and escape the ordinary. ‘I can’t wait to your virtual tour guide of the Weleda Global Garden. I’m honoured to be your eyes, ears and hands so you can experience and learn all about a world leading manufacturer of natural and organic skin care and anthroposophic medicines whilst I do.’ I hope you come on the journey with me. Bring the adventure on! Love, Lauren