Throughout the Festival



Collected by: Sophie Seita and Naomi Woo


This event is free and unticketed.


The Minutes of the Hildegard von Bingen Society for Gardening Companions transplants, re-roots, and propagates a queer, feminist gardening society founded by 12th century mystic and musician Hildegard von Bingen.


For the second year in a row at Tête-à-Tête: The Opera Festival, the Society is preparing A Garden Variety, a collection of recipes and rituals as scores for care inspired by Hildegard’s own healing botanical cures. Throughout the festival, we will gather a community-created care-cookbook of domestic scores to share ways in which we look after ourselves and each other.


The collection is for activities of the home. Cooking, gardening, singing, sewing, crafting, and letter-writing… These are the tools that queer and feminist communities have long recognised as vital for social connection and underground organising. And for Hildegard von Bingen these tools could soothe and sa(l)ve; they were balms for physical, artistic, and spiritual needs.


We will post a new recipe-score online every day throughout the festival. Taste it, test it, play with it.


Then write us a new one — a tip passed on from the neighbour’s garden, a baked treat from an ancestor’s recipe, a whispered instruction for your houseplants, or simply a little ritual from your day.


Share anything at all that might busy the hands, heal sore eyes, or feed the mind: as long as it may easily be done at home.


Let us look after each other by sharing activities of tending, mixing, mending, teaching, learning, making, writing, weeping, and singing.


Send us your contributions here:


If you have any questions, comments, or information about the society, please don’t hesitate to contact us at


All ages.


Produced by The Hildegard von Bingen Society for Gardening Companions


Venue: Online


If you would like to help Tête à Tête and the artists creating this show, take a look at this.


Collected by: Sophie Seita and Naomi Woo

Collected by: Sophie Seita and Naomi Woo