From living room workouts to virtual quiz nights, we’ve all had to get creative to stay healthy and connected. However, there’s only so many online yoga classes we can attend, or loaves of banana bread we can bake. Sometimes, trying to be creative at home can feel uninspiring. That’s why Ballymore has partnered with industry-leading creatives to provide two at-home experiences that will help you flex your creative muscles: the Penguin Live x Embassy Gardens virtual book ventures, and the Botanical Boys x Wardian London masterclass series.
Nine Elms regeneration project, Embassy Gardens, has teamed up with Penguin Live to offer a series of virtual book ventures. The partnership is celebrating world-leading publisher Penguin Random House’s relocation to One Embassy Gardens with events including a virtual book club and a short story competition especially for Embassy Gardens residents.
The Embassy Gardens Penguin Live Virtual Book Club offers impressive discounts on e- and audio books, and access to a fortnightly online book club, chaired by journalist and interviewer Hannah MacInnes. The club starts on 25 May, with all members receiving an audio or eBook at a discounted rate and having two weeks to read, before participating in a live discussion.
Residents also have the opportunity to take part in an exclusive short story competition. Submissions will be judged by representatives from Penguin Live. The most creative entries will win £500 worth of books and have their winning story showcased through Embassy Gardens’ marketing channels. Follow @embassygardens or look up Penguin Live x Embassy Gardens for more information.
If you’re more interested in plants than prose, then Botanical Boys, the duo on a mission to connect people with nature, and the developers behind Wardian London have the perfect past time for you. They have come together to bring you a free series of virtual terrarium masterclasses, where you can learn how to look after your favourite plants, connect with nature, find your inner zen, and bring the green beauty of nature into your living room.
These ‘at home’ 15-minute masterclasses are led by Botanical Boys’ co-founder Darren Henderson, via Zoom. Topics being explored include: the history of the Wardian Case (one of the first examples of a terrarium and the inspiration behind Wardian London), benefits of indoor plants, indoor plant styling, and plant care top tips.
Each demonstration will be on Instagram, meaning you can easily share tips with your friends, or save your favourite posts to look back over.
To register for your complimentary place on a live masterclass, and find out how to purchase a terrarium kit, sign up on the Wardian website or for updates, visit @Ballymore in Instagram.