Wednesday, 3 November 2021
Monday, 6 September 2021
Thursday, 5 August 2021
Come and visit our exotic garden in Camberwell!
Our opening is almost upon us! Unless things with Covid-19 radically change, this year you can just turn up as normal and pay on the door, you do not have to buy a timed slot like last year. We are also opening for a bit longer, and will open earlier at 11am and close at 4:30pm.
The NGS says:
An exotic garden full of the
exuberance of late summer inspired by travel in Southeast Asia. A lush and
naturalistic jungle of big leafed plants, bold colours and shapes including
cannas, bananas, Bamboos, dahlias, mature tetrapanax and towering paulownias.
Huge ‘hidden’ garden, created from being able to buy the bottom half of two of the neighbour’s gardens in 2010 gives the garden an unexpected size. Three two ponds (one for wildlife and two with fish), a productive area and contemporary sunken terrace full of pampered prized plants.
We deliver on the 'wow' factor with visitors being surprised by the scale of the garden and getting lost in the exotica. The garden changes and improves every year as the plants grow bigger and the feel gets 'junglier'.
Since first opening for the NGS in 2011 the garden has changed radically. At that time the top garden was still new and being cleared. Planting was mostly annuals and pumpkins! It took a year to clear the rubble, brambles and hops. We filled 5 skips with rubble and broke 20 spades and forks digging the land. Many visitors have kept coming back to see the transformation!
The lower lawn, lots of seating and hidden corners give space to sit and enjoy. Renowned for good teas and home-made cakes.
Last admission 4:30pm
Featured on BBC Gardeners World, BBC Instant Gardener, Garden News, Independent and Simple Things magazine
The nearest train stations are Peckham Rye or Denmark Hill. If you are driving there is lots of street parking on our road. The full postcode is SE5 8LH. Check your satnav/phone is directing you to Grove Park as sometimes it can take you to the back of the house!
Wednesday, 14 July 2021
|Musa sikkimensis which was cut down the ground in the winter has regrown from the roots and is now about 6ft|
|Ganesh flanked by some fab big begonia|
|'Burning embers' marigold is back, and a few have escaped from the slugs|
|Zantedeschia albomaculata, by far the best Calla lily as the other two I have are still looking ropey|
|This was where I used to keep the bees and has been a witner project to revamp. It is now a seating area and new beds as it has this great view of the garden|
|The Echiums are the biggest that they have ever been! I think it is as these ones are all triannuals|
|Hydrangea macrophylla which has great exotic leaves|
|I am trying out a few penstemons for flower....the Jury is still out!|
|Area where there used to be the chery tree and Loquat which has created a much more usable bed, the garden is also so much more open!|
|So fab that the exotica is coming back!|
|Another project to create some staging for many of the random pots of plants that I like but don't really fit anywhere else...|
|The terrace looking very lush and filling out more every week...|
|Romneya which I actually dug out last year, but it has suckered and clung on in a slightly better place. Fab plant when in flower wih these HUGE flowers, but ropey and a big plant when not flowering|