Saturday, 14 June 2014

A new NGS Group garden opening in Camberwell and an amazing plant sale

On Sunday June the 15th from 2-5:30pm 34 and 37 Grove Park will open their gardens for one afternoon in aid of the National Garden Scheme, and included will be a fabulous plant sale in aid of the Grove Park Tree base association.

Two very different gardens in a leafy part of Camberwell. No.34 is an 80ft x 40ft garden started in 2006, designed for yr-round flowers. Large colour-themed beds with abundant perennials, old English roses, alliums, cardoons and climbers. Packed 50ft S-facing front garden, best described as organised chaos. No.37 is a creative mix of sub-tropical plants interspersed with walkways made of reclaimed hardwood. Lancewoods compete for attention with muehlenbeckia and Tibetan ferns. Designed by New Zealander James Fraser the garden has had 10yrs to flourish, creating an original presence for this South London location. Both front and rear garden are enclosed with James' signature irregular fencing

James and Maddys

I love both gardens for different reasons, James and Maddys is very much something for the exotisist as it is a mature garden full of New Zealand plants. Christophers is the opposite, a 
very English garden jam packed with plants.

Also on offer:

  • ·        Amazing tea and cake at Christopher’s
  • ·        A pop up sloe gin bar at James and Maddys
  • ·         A plan sale run by Lyndon, who also has one of the best stalls on Columbia Road with a very interesting plantsmans choice of plants, which appeal to the exotisist. From the plants that are already here I spy tree ferns, Echinacea’s and lots of things I will want to buy myself”
  • ·         A large amount of plants given by neighbours
  • ·         Loads of homemade preserves and jams!

mmmmm 3 trolleys of plants waiting to be bought and loads more out back!
The plant sale will be in aid of the Grove Park Tree Base Association which is a community group which aims to plant up the bottom of the trees which grown on the road. I have been involved for a while, as it is a great project lead by Helena whom is a passionate dynamo who has really driven things along. In essence when the council was re-doing our pavements we campaigned to ask them not to pave up to the tree trunks but to leave space for us to grow and maintain other plants.  This simple ask has led to creating a project which has really helped bring neighbours together and created a much more interesting street full of flowers! Monies raised from the sale tomorrow will go towards sustaining and buying new plants/soil for the project.

Two of the tree bases planted as part of the project

 Come and visit! Buy nice plants! Have a nosy! Eat cake! Buy homemade strawberry jam!

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