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NGS London open gardens


I try to see a few different gardens every year and if it’s possible several on the same day. Last Sunday was N1 and E8 areas with 7 gardens on offer.
It should have been an easy, if a little long, journey – but no, ‘working on the line’ of course. A bus, a train, another bus and then another train – however worth it in the end.
The first was quite formal with deep borders, pond – very clear – and herb beds. The second a small cottage garden and the third long and narrow with many unusual plants. Each lovely in its own way.
Then about a 15 minute walk to the next area where there were four houses in a lovely terrace. The second had a terrace leading to a wildlife area with bee hives, the third a family garden with meadow and the fourth with repeat planting of roses, hydrangeas and box – seemingly not affected by the dreaded caterpillar. Then there was the first – absolutely lovely. Clematis are everywhere, growing up supports and with a bicycle wheel at the top! The planting is superb and every single plant complements the one next to it. The lady who owns the garden – not a young person – says she spends most of her time in it and I can see why. I shall go back in July when the clematis are in full bloom and if the trains are not running I’ll walk there!
I only took photographs of her garden and I’m not the greatest with a camera, but hope these will give an idea of how lovely it is.

I so enjoy visiting these open gardens, 23rd June I will be in Worthing at the Ambrose Place gardens, selling plants, and 7th July Hampstead Garden Suberb joint opening of 13 gardens for £12.
I always come away with ideas for my own garden and also meet some very nice like minded people.

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I really enjoyed your blog. Your descriptions plus lovely photos made it so interesting. Seeing the photos shows so well how people make the most of every part of their gardens.

It is a great way to spend some of your free time.

Thanks :-)

12 Jun, 2019


Glad you enjoyed it Wildrose, it was a lovely day out.

13 Jun, 2019


There are always some surprising gardens hidden away behind the houses aren't there? Always worth a look.

13 Jun, 2019


Fantastic, love that garden and that rusted old plant stand, I have recently landed a job with a garden like this, a chap approached me whilst doing a garden and asked if I could work for him, judging by his non descript front garden I nearly declined but decided to pop round, and when I walked out into his back garden I was blown away, secret pathways, statues and fantastic planting with many rare plants, this garden is a plantsmans dream, I had no hesitation of accepting his offer, it just goes to show you can never judge a book by its cover but in this case a front garden, thanks for sharing.

15 Jun, 2019


What a lovely surprise Julien, I'm sure you will have a wonderful time working there.

18 Jun, 2019

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