In 2017 we are opening our garden on the National Open Garden Scheme to raise money for care charities – the more people who come on the days the more we raise!
- Sunday 23 July at 1 – 5pm
(opening alongside 35 Turret Grove an amazing garden a few mins walk away)
- Sunday 10 September at 1 – 5pm
It’s a £3.50 charitable donation (every penny to charity), you can read more and find directions on the NGS Open Gardens website.
About our garden
Our small garden is not a design as such, although it does a have some core themes. It’s where new ideas are tried out for small space urban gardening and it’s where I fulfil my personal love of plants and wildlife.
The garden is tiny, a typical Victorian maisonette ground floor flat with back yard (only 6 x 6m). We’ve lived in it since 2008 and bought it on 1st Nov 2013.
In 2015 we completely renovated the flat to make the dark back rooms one open plan garden room, surrounded by, containing and looking out onto plants.
Monty Don’s visit
You can watch our garden being created in Series 2, Episode 2 of Monty Don’s hit TV show Big Dreams, Small Spaces (available for download on the BBC here). Our garden wouldn’t have happened without Monty’s encouraging and supportive visits.
This was filmed from Jan – Sept 2015 and was the start of our garden as it is today. Little in the garden has changed since then except the diversity of plants has increased (oh, and we added steps into the garden, finally!)
Stuff to see
Our garden certainly isn’t perfect and it is small compared to other NGS gardens. However, our hope is that anyone can take an idea away from our garden and try it at home. Everything is done to show other Londoners in small or rented properties that you can grow stuff in any unlikely spot. Some things you will see are:
- Micropond with a tiny waterlily and water iris
- Cat friendly planting
- Plants for shade
- Plants for sun
- Living wall of over 50 different fern species
- Containers galore including a long Belfast sink
- 20 or so different types of Dahlias
- 10 different ornamental grasses
- Climbing plants, some common, some rare
- Tropical plants
- Victorian oddities
- Wildlife ideas (everything is to attract wildlife – and it does!)
- A variety of salvias
- About 25 different house plants
- Window boxes
- And if we’re lucky, I’m going to try to have some flowers from my allotment to show too (including even more Dahlias!)
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We look forward to welcoming you into our flat in July or September! 🙂
Chris and Jack