Monday, 26 August 2013

The garden opens this Sunday 1st September! visiting details and pictures to entice you....

So the day is almost here! I'm very happy that the garden is looking lush and exuberant and excited that the great cake baking frenzy is being planned. Come and visit! come eat cake! come see some nice plants! see how things are growing! come and have a nosy! 

The big thing about NGS is also how important it is as a fundraiser last year we made just under £1000 and NGS as a whole raised £2.5 million which went to various charities including Macmillian, Marie Curie and Help the Hospices.
So NGS says....

A garden to surprise and delight with ponds, sunken terrace and bold, big leafed lush plantings of exotics that reach for the sky in late summer, achieving a crescendo of colour with dark dahlias, bananas and tetrapanax. Huge ‘secret’ garden with more jungle plants, beehives and greenhouse of carnivorous plants for the brave. Featured on BBC Gardeners World 24 Grove Park, SE5 8LH, Sunday 1st September 2-5:30pm

I also want to plug Patricks garden which is opening for the first time this year and is so new it is not in the Yellow Book! if you like my garden you will love his.
 NGS says A unexpected primeval grove lies behind a traditional Victorian facade offering an host of delights. The dramatic heart of this surprising and totally original garden consists of a grove of 25 tall tree ferns clustered on a carpet of lush, low-level ground cover and surrounded by a host of exotic and dramatic large-leaved plants. A labour of love - and watering
8 Calais Street, London, SE5 9LP

We have also just been featured in the Independent! slightly odd to see myself in the paper as Im generally happier with pictures of the garden than of me, however I do think Anna Pavord is a brilliant journalist! Read the article here

To find us we are at the Chadwick Road end of Grove Park, exact location is found here Driving should be relatively easy as there is lots of street parking, and we are about 10 mins walk from either Denmark Hill or Peckham Rye Rail stations.
Of course if it is raining we will be completely British and ignore this! we will also cover our terrace to give a large dry area to sit and eat cake in!
Eating wise we are lucky to have lots of fab local restaurants, my favourite close ones 5 mins away are Ganapati (Indian) you will need to book, Victoria Inn (pub food), and Begging Bowl (Thai) however save lots of room for cake! If you also fancy an uber cool Peckham experience check out Franks cafe/bar which is a pop up at the top of the multistory car park with the best views of London you can imagine
this is us....
mmm cake!

mmm nice places to sit and survey the scene....

oooh beautiful plants
oooh more beautiful plants!
 mmmm more cake!
 2011 and the rain canopy

and people enjoying eating cake on the terrace!

 lots of happy people
Plants as they are looking at the moment...

Please come and visit! I hope you enjoy the garden! I am certainly not pretending to be the world expert at all this, and think a lot of gardening is about having a go and seeing how things turn out, however I hope that you like what you see and enjoy your visit and help us raise money for charity! thank you! 

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