Traditional Easter egg decorating at Rowallane

Decorate one of our naturally dyed eggs for Easter

Dying and decorating eggs for Easter or spring-time celebrations has been traditional since ancient times – join us in the café every day from 24 March to 3 April to decorate our dyed eggs, or try dying your own at home using ingredients from your own garden and larder. And remember to bring your eggs along to our Easter Chick Hunt on 29 March to roll.

Easter is celebrated all over the world and the traditionally dyed egg can represent the culture of many countries. There are many decorating techniques and numerous traditions of giving them as a token of friendship, love or good wishes.

In the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches, Easter eggs are dyed red to represent the blood of Christ, shed on the Cross, and the hard shell of the egg symbolized the sealed Tomb of Christ — the cracking of which symbolized his resurrection from the dead.

A tradition exists in some parts of the United Kingdom of rolling painted eggs down steep hills on Easter Sunday. An Easter egg hunt is a common festive activity, where eggs are hidden for children to run around and find. This may also be a competition to see who can collect the most eggs.

Easter eggs are a widely popular symbol of new life in Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, and other Central European countries' folk traditions, which include concealing them in the garden for children to find, and making artificial eggs out of porcelain for ladies.

Natural colours are obtained by using various plants:

Red Cabbage Turns white eggs blue and brown eggs green.

Red onions can make lavender or red eggs while white onions will create a more orange or rusty colour.Beetroot will turn white eggs pink and brown eggs maroon.

Gorse flowers will turn eggs yellow – though can be prickly to pick.

Other things you could try include tea, coffee, turmeric, parsley and blueberries. Just remember that you’ll get different results depending on whether you use white or brown eggs.

Upcoming events

Spring Sensory Walk

Fri 01 Mar 2019
10:00-18:00
Pick up a copy of our "Spring Sensory Walk" and discover new ways to interact with our garden with this self-led walk.

Flower Pressing Session

Sat 30 Mar 2019
11:00-12:00
Learn about the techniques of flower pressing. Our gardeners will show you how and why its important to press flowers, and share a few tips on how to speed up the process. Great fun for families.

Fun in the Garden

Thu 18 Apr 2019
10:00-18:00
Hop down to Rowallane for some Fun in The Garden.

Cadbury's Easter Egg Hunt

Fri 19 Apr 2019
10:30-15:00
Hop along for a family fun day out exploring the nooks and crannies around the beautiful garden while following the clues to get an Easter surprise. Fun for everyone. Egg trail £1.50 per child

Spring Plant Fair

Sat 04 May 2019
11:00-16:00
A wonderful opportunity to purchase plants from a range of specialist plant stalls, as well as from Rowallane Garden. Normal Admission Members Free

Tiger Who Came to Tea

Fri 10 May 2019
10:00-16:00
Get up close to the beloved art work from from Judith Kerr's much-loved children's book,'The Tiger Who Came To Tea' at Rowallane Garden.