Chasing Rainbows

Croydon Saffron Central invites the community to help create a giant floral rainbow flag before it makes way for the redevelopment of the former Taberner House site.

Inspired by the 50th anniversary of The Summer of Love and Croydon Pridefest taking place in The Queens Gardens on the 15th July, the 17,000 crocus sativus corms have made way for what promises to be a stunning display of colour & creativity in the heart of Croydon Town.

Donations of plants and artworks are needed in the colours of the rainbow as seen in the Pride Flag:-  Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue & Purple.

With half-term and heat waves imminent, it’s a great time to be outdoors and what better way to show some love & pride for Croydon than to share plants, arts and good conversation in this very special yet unusual community garden which was built to celebrate the Heritage of Croydon’s name in September 2015.

Our theme this year is “Hearts & Rainbows”

If you would like to create something to place in among the flowers please use one colour as seen in the Pride Flag:-  Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue & Purple.  Please also ensure that creations are weather proof (Sun, wind & rain the most likely to consider!).  If you’re struggling for ideas maybe consider upcycling, recycling, painting something that shows some love & pride and we can put it in place.

With 90 square metres to fill with plants and crafts, the garden will be judged for the RHS – London In Bloom “It’s Your Neighbourhood” Awards on the 30th June before it’s unveiling at Croydon Pridefest 2017.  Last year Croydon Saffron Central was awarded a Level 4 – Thriving with 79%.  An extra 7% this year would see it deemed to be “Outstanding”.  Our theme this year is “Hearts & Rainbows”.  Can we make it happen Croydon?!?

Some preparation has recently taken place with existing plants being added to the lanes. Due to the large numbers of lavender on site the purples are well in the lead with the greens currently struggling (see the graph below which is nothing to do with the 2017 Election!!).

Flower Power Poll 2017 (2)

Whilst we hope the community will support the project by donating plants & art installations we’d be also very grateful for people helping to repot plants, watering, feeding and getting the site look as great as possible.

Any spare plant pots that are 4 inch (10cm) diameter or wider would be useful for repotting.

Dates for opening :- 

  • Saturday 27th May – Noon-5pm
  • Tuesday 30th May – 6pm-8pm
  • Thursday 1st June – 5:30pm-8pm
  • Saturday 3rd June – Noon-5pm – Artists Paint & Create Day (Plants welcome too)
  • Tuesday 6th June – 6pm-8pm
  • Sunday 11th June – Noon-5pm
  • Sunday 18th June – Noon-5pm

More dates to be announced soon

Keeping safe

Croydon Saffron Central is on a demolished building site.  If you keep to the paths & wood chip everything should be fine but we ask that children are supervised at all times and we can’t allow any running or climbing in the site.  There’s lots of space in The Queens Gardens for that.  Everyone is most welcome to visit but we just don’t want any injuries.

Where is Croydon Saffron Central?

We are situated within the former Taberner House site, the best way to gain access is to stand at the old fountain in the middle of The Queens Gardens and look towards the blue glass building.  There is a small door and there should be a flag flying whenever we’re open.

For those not from round these parts.  The Queens Gardens is opposite Fairfield Halls (currently under refurbishment) and next to the Town Hall and Bernard Weatherill House which is Croydon Councils main office space.  BWH postcode is CR0 1EA.

About 7 mins walk from East Croydon & 10 from West Croydon.  Lots of buses & trams stop nearby.


Please email via this website if you have any queries or inquiries but please be patient awaiting response as this project is all run by volunteers.

Twitter – @CroydonSaffron      Facebook – Croydon Saffron Central

The Future

We will soon need to leave the site and are on the look out for a new location.  It’s great being in the middle of Croydon so let us know if you’ve any ideas on other options.  We’d love to also grow some Crocus Sativus in the ground somewhere and try and farm it properly.  Landowners, please form an orderly queue!!

Peace & Love

Crocus Rainbow (2)

Ally McKinlay

Croydon Saffron Central Founder


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