Forest Hill Open Gardens this Sunday

Fantastic group of six gardens open on Sunday 15 May, 2pm – 6pm, Forest Hill Gardens, London, SE23 3BP.

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Garden at 27 Horniman Drive. Photo by Rose Agnew

Come and enjoy a rare chance to visit six beautiful private gardens in Forest Hill Gardens on Sunday 15 May between 2pm – 6pm.

In aid of the National Garden Scheme (who raises money to be distributed between a range of charities including McMillan, Marie Curie and the MS Society), six very different gardens will be throwing open their gates for a combined admission price of £7 (children are given free entry).

The gardens are on the highest hill in south London, and have spectacular views over the City and Downs. They are all within a short walk of each other but there is a yellow-ballooned tax service on hand (for a donation).

Marvel at Great Dixter inspired planting, jasmine arches and topiary in the hidden sanctuary of a true plantswoman’s garden, and delight in the double Black Dragon wisteria draped over an artist’s studio in an eighteenth century courtyard filled with sculptures and plants. Stumble on the stories in an eclectic and charming garden for children, and chickens and even adults! Enjoy and embroidery of a garden with vibrant colours, peaceful harmony and truly breathtaking views well beyond the town. Unwind with delicious cakes and billowing pastel hues of the tea lady’s garden, inspired by Beth Chatto and Mary Berry, and wander in a bee lover’s organic flower and fruit haven with vintage summerhouse, gravelled terraces and billowing grasses.

Details of the gardens:

27 Horniman Drive – Rose Agnew. Please pay here for entry to all the gardens. Plant sale.
7 Canonbie Road – Mrs June Wismayer. Plant sale.
The Coach House – Pat Rae.
Hilltop – Frankie Locke.
53 Ringmore Rise – Valerie Ward. Home-made teas.
25 Westwood Park – Beth and Steph Falkingham-Blackwell. Plant sale.

How to find the gardens:-

Off south circular (A205) behind the Horniman Museum and Gardens. 10 minutes walk from Forest Hill rail station. Buses: 176, 185, 312, P4.

Further details of the charities being supported: ngs.org.uk/what-we-do/who-we-support


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