Autumn foraging


We have lots of fungal fruiting bodies (aka mushrooms and toadstools) showing up in the orchards at the moment.  Some are popping up along the woodchip paths, others at the base of old trees and others in hollowed out rotting wood. Fungi are a  vital part of Continue reading “Autumn foraging”

Looking forward – Orchards

Pale pink toadstools growing within a hollow trees stump Frankendael orchards
Photo credit – Carolina Ivanescu

On Wednesday, several hardy volunteers gathered at the orchards to make chai tea (with the new Kelly Kettle), ate Caro’s oat cake and planned for the coming months. Here is a summary of what we hope to achieve over the coming months:


Kids walk including the barefoot path, Kokedame making again, Infusion crafting

Poisonous herbs workshop, Dyeing Continue reading “Looking forward – Orchards”

Frankendael orchards

Secret gardens in Oost

River of Herbs orchards bench Bobby van Vliet
Bench crafted by Bobby van Vliet from fallen tree

Since 2014, River of Herbs has been caring for four beautiful shady orchards, within Amsterdam’s Park Frankendael. It’s a beautiful location, far from the busy city and yet a stone’s throw from tram line 9. Each Wednesday morning, a small team meets between 10.30 and 11.30 to garden, connect and drink Continue reading “Frankendael orchards”