Wednesday, 7 September 2016

All Done! 2016 NGS opening is over!

So our 2016 National Gardens Scheme opening is over! In the end we had 196 visitors and made just over £1500 for charity.

I love the opening as it is a bit like a giant party, and it is so nice to see people enjoying the space from kids running around to brave people climbing up the lookout mound. There were lots of first timers whom were suitably surprised by the size of the garden and the 'secret' bit and lots of returners impressed by progress.

Overall the garden was also looking super jungly and full....it definitely wasn’t a floriferous year. The slugs and slightly cold summer had set the dahlias way back. My seedling ALL sucked as the Tithonias were all only just thinking about flowering and Ricinus were tiny. I had also put a lot of faith into Polygonum orientale, using it a lot to fill gaps and add colour but all had failed and were only 1ft tall despite being planted in March! However, despite these issues all was very lush. 

14 people helped out on the day which was wonderful, and this enabled us to open the 'Cava Cave' for the first time offering gin fizz and rhubarb Bellini’s. They were a wonderful bunch.

THANK YOU to everyone who came and helped out

So some pictures of everything at its best....

























Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Back garden of 24 Grove Park, Camberwell opening for the National Gardens Scheme Sunday 4th September 2016

The garden opening is almost here! We are now down to our final few tweaks, panicked watering and trying out new cake recipes!

Sunday 4 September (2 - 5.30pm).
Admission £3.50, children free. Home-made teas.
24 Grove Park, London, SE5 8LH


The National Gardens Scheme says 'An exotic garden full of the exuberance of late summer inspired by travel in Southeast Asia. A lush jungle of big leafed plants, bold colours and shapes incl bananas, dahlias and towering Paulownias. Huge hidden garden gives unexpected size with ponds, sunken terrace, productive area. Lawn and lots of hidden corners give spaces to sit and enjoy. Renowned for delicious home-made cake.' Full NGS details here



We will also be having a plant and preserves sale and there will be honey from my hives to taste and buy.

Also open on the same day on the other side of Camberwell is Patricks garden which is in the same jungle vein. One of my favourite gardens, it is an absolutely incredible tree fern forest! full details of his garden here

Patricks garden at Myatts Fields 

If you haven’t been before, please do come! we hope that the garden surprises you as it is a little different from the norm. It is also very big for Camberwell as it also includes the bottom halves of two neighbour’s gardens that we managed to buy 6 years ago to turn into one large garden. This gives lots of different nooks and crannies to explore and lots of lawn and seats to sit and eat cake on. It will of course be an amazingly sunny day. However, if it does rain we will try and dig out our giant tarpaulin to make a VIP cake eating zone….

Getting here: we are on the Chadwick Road end of Grove Park (our road can be confusing as it has a loop in the middle). There is lots of street parking. We are a short walk from Peckham Rye train station. Annoyingly the direct line from Victoria to Denmark Hill is closed on Sunday so do use London Bridge instead which is equally as quick.


A mixture of pictures from how things are at the moment and previous openings















Wednesday, 3 August 2016

1 month to go till our garden opens for the NGS on Sunday 4th September

Our garden opening is almost here! COME! put it in your diary now. Your one chance in the year to visit

Sunday 4 September (2 - 5.30pm).
Admission £3.50, children free. Home-made teas.
24 Grove Park, London, SE5 8LH


The National Gardens Scheme says

'An exotic garden full of the exuberance of late summer inspired by travel in Southeast Asia. A lush jungle of big leafed plants, bold colours and shapes incl bananas, dahlias and towering Paulownias. Huge hidden garden gives unexpected size with ponds, sunken terrace, productive area. Lawn and lots of hidden corners give spaces to sit and enjoy. Renowned for delicious home-made cake.'



Also available new season honey, which is the best yet!


Other people have probably said.....


'oooh, that was amazing. the best garden I have ever visited'
'that was not what I expected, it was huge!'
'I have been every year and there is always something new to see'
'Is that a Paulownia?'
'Very unusual'
'I don't care about the plants I am only here for the cake'
'Your honey is amazing, I would like 10 jars please'
'That is not what I would expect in Camberwell'

Every year the garden is different as it is always evolving and getting bigger and better.
This year after our wet early summer it is especially lush...some pictures of how things are shaping up to tempt you in.....