Volunteers Come Together to Rebuild the Secret Garden

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The Secret Garden on Al-Baghdad St. was in need of desperate TLC and a call of support was circulated by @MimiKuwait to galvanize the community to turn out for a day of service to prep and plant a community garden to serve as a positive community space in the area.

The community was back at work this past Saturday rebuilding The Secret Garden after being destroyed last week.

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The Secret Garden Was Destroyed

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The urban community garden know as The Secret Garden was completely destroyed a few days ago (before picture above, after pictures below). I heard about the news yesterday and was pretty upset by it. The Secret Garden was a perfect example of how an abandoned unknown park could be turned into something so beautiful with the help of a dedicated and passionate community. During the cooler months of the year people were encouraged to come by the Secret Garden every Saturday to either plant, paint, build or just socialize. Lots of parents brought their children who planted seeds and then watched them grow over the winter months. Every now and then you also had the Saturday brunches which brought even more people to the garden. It was such a great project and I was really looking forward to it again this year, but now I am not sure if it will be ready for this season.

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You’re probably thinking the garden was vandalized by a bunch of hooligans which is what I had thought at first, but thats not that case. According to Mimi the mastermind behind the Secret Garden project, the garden was destroyed by the Public Authority for Agriculture Affairs & Fish Resources (PAAFR). They’re the same organization who a few years ago were laying out poison all over the parks and free trade zone to poison stray dogs (while at the same time accidentally poisoning peoples pets).

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PAAFR reasoning behind the destruction was that the garden was dirty. Even though the Secret Garden wasn’t being used because it was the summer and there are municipality workers that are meant to clean the garden (the Secret Garden community clean the garden themselves during the cooler months), PAAFR decided it would be better to destroy the garden then try and reason with the community. The result? A catastrophic mess leaving the garden in shambles and disarray. They even had the garbage bins Secret Garden had placed removed and now the garden doesn’t even have trash bins for people to put their trash in. PAAFR also destroyed all the planting stations and just left them lying in the park with nails dangerously sticking out.

The Secret Garden community have been back at the park the past few days cleaning up the mess so they can start rebuilding the garden. I hope they’ll get it done in time for this winter season because it was one of the few activities I always looked forward to. If you want to stay posted on the progress then I would recommend you follow @mimikuwait


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Shakshooka Market at the Secret Garden Project

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The Shakshooka Market in the video above took place a couple of weeks back. For those of you who haven’t been to any of the Secret Garden events, this should give you an idea of what you’re missing. [YouTube]

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Herban Workshops at The Secret Garden Project

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Two workshops recently took place at The Secret Garden, one on Acting while the other was on Upcycling. I didn’t attend them but based on the video they just released I kinda wish I did since it looked like a lot of fun. Also just a reminder, Saturday Night Lights is taking place at The Secret Garden tonight so be there since it’s probably the last one of the season if the weather gets much warmer. [Link]

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Brunch at The Secret Garden

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Just a quick update on the The Secret Garden Project meet up for this Saturday since I just found out there will be brunch at the garden from 10AM to 1PM. @saltbakery is making spiced fresh ginger cake, sweet potato scones and maybe some pies @mocucina is serving her vegan treats, foul, and fresh juices and @mimikuwait will be making those Turkish eggs (pictured below), using greens from the garden and her moms malted grain organic grilled toast.

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The Secret Garden Project

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The Secret Garden is a new project by Mimi, the same person behind the popular Shakshooka nomadic farmers market. She originally started the project last year but shifted it to full gear around a month ago and I passed by yesterday to check the place out and left extremely impressed.

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The Secret Garden simply put is an urban community garden. Mimi got permission from the municipality to occupy part of a public garden in Salmiya and setup planting stations so that people and children could come and grow their own vegetables, herbs and fruits. Majority of the garden was built using recycled material and they even have their own compost pit which they’ve started filling up in hopes of it being ready for next year.

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Every Saturday the community is encouraged to come by the garden from 9AM till sundown to either plant, paint, build or just socialize. Mimi has some great plans for the future including possibly turning the garden into the permanent spot for the weekly Shakshooka farmers market, having gardening workshops and even hold film screenings in the garden.

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I’ll be posting about The Secret Garden every weekend with the rest of the weekend events to keep everyone posted on whats taking place there so stay tuned. For now you can check out more pictures of the garden by following @mimikuwait on instagram or the hashtag #thesecretgardenproject


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Things to do in Kuwait this Weekend

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I thought there wasn’t much going on this weekend, but as I was putting this post together I realized there actually was. Check out the list below on all the events that are taking place this weekend:

Thursday
Hot Dawg x Barba Pop-up
Be-Bop and Contempo Jazz from the Kevin Davy Sextet

Friday
Hatha Yoga in the Park
Red Bull Car Park Drift
2017 Yu-Gi-Oh! WCQ: Kuwaiti National Championship
Book Club Meeting
The Afterthought Live
Good Game: Magic – The Gathering

Saturday
Yoga with the 3
Car Boot Sale at AUK
The Secret Garden – End of Season
Co-exist Open Jam and Live Painting

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Sometimes events get canceled or have details changed so always double check with the organizers.


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Things to do in Kuwait this Weekend

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Not a lot of things happening this weekend even though the weather looks like its going to be great. Check out the full list of events below:

Thursday
Exhibition: Third Identity
Exhibition: Road to Black
Play: IKARA
Open Mic
Workshop: Japanese Calligraphy
Concert: Harget Kart

Friday
Tai Chi in the Park
Hatha Yoga with Rosy
Play: IKARA
Good Game: Magic – The Gathering
Salwa’ Walk and Socialize Meetup

Saturday
K’S PATH – Season’s Last Beach Clean-up
Madeenah Tour: Fahaheel Coastline
My Book My Friend
Rock Painting at The Secret Garden
International Autism Day
Inspired Edibles Doughnut Pop-up

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Sometimes events get canceled or have details changed so always double check with the organizers.


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Things to do in Kuwait this Weekend

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Lots of events this weekend but due to the weather, some of the outdoor ones might get canceled, so double check with the organizer before heading out to make sure they’re still on. Below is this weekends list of events:

Thursday
Exhibition: Third Identity
Exhibition: Road to Black
Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony, and the Requiem Mass
Amir’s Cup Show Jumping Championship
Tefaseel Design Exhibition
Organic hydroponics and sustainability: Truth or Fiction?

Friday
Tefaseel Design Exhibition
Amir’s Cup Show Jumping Championship
PantryBee Presents Farm to Table Sunset Dinner
Tai Chi in the Park
Hatha Yoga with Rosie
Macro Photography in the Park
Good Game: Magic – The Gathering
Salwa’ Walk and Socialize Meetup
Voices & Verses
Reborn Carnival

Saturday
Amir’s Cup Show Jumping Championship
Yoga with the 3
Karate Kenshinkan & Kung-Fu Sanda
Bait Al Arab: Kuwait State Stud
Annual Worldwide InstaMeet
Family Day at Amricani
Murouj Market
Footwork Workshop with Cheerito (Russia)
JAM JAM – Open Acoustic Jam Session
Gardening at The Secret Garden
Reborn Carnival
Volleyball Tournament

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Sometimes events get canceled or have details changed so always double check with the organizers.


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Things to do in Kuwait this Weekend

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Not much taking place this weekend but things should pick up next week. For now, check out this weekends events below:

Thursday
Aga-Boom
Exhibition: Absence by Aziz Mutawa

Friday
Aga-Boom
Benchmark 2017 – Design Entrepreneurship Forum
Tai Chi in the Park
Good Game: Magic – The Gathering
Salwa’ Walk and Socialize Meetup

Saturday
Aga-Boom
Benchmark 2017 – Design Entrepreneurship Forum
Karate Kenshinkan & Kung-Fu Sanda
My Book My Friend
Gardening at The Secret Garden
Q8 Readers Book Club:The Bamboo Stalk
Instagramers Kuwait Meetup

If you’d like to share an event on the blog [Email Me]
For a full list of upcoming events click [Here]

Sometimes events get canceled or have details changed so always double check with the organizers.


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