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Opening the garden in 2017 under the NGS (National Open Garden Scheme)

Only a week before I open my garden. And as s ever there’s a long lists of jobs that are still have to be done. But come what may we are delighted to be opening (again) for the NGS (National Open Garden Scheme).

Our open day is Sunday 23rd July from 10 am – 5 pm.

Admission £4, children free

35 Turret Grove, Clapham Old Town, SW4 0ES

Teas, Pimms, Cakes & Plants for sale

All monies raised goes to the National Garden Schemes charities e.g. (see NGS Website for full list of charities)

 

35 Turret Grove, Clapham Old Town, SW4 0ES

Teas, Pimms, Cakes & Plants for sale

All monies raised goes to the National Garden Scheme charities

Recycled glass sculpture by www.steveyeates.co.uk

4th July Garden Museum

For many the 4th of July was American Independence Day. But for us it was the day we opened the garden as part of the Garden Museum 2017 walking tours of Clapham gardens that raises funds to support the museum.

The tour of Clapham explored seven urban gardens that are owned by amateur gardeners, artists, architects, professional designers, garden writers and bloggers and community volunteers and range in size from tiny to the generous town gardens.  As much as I’m looking forward to welcoming this group of 30 I had concerns because I understood a large number of them are professional gardeners and garden designers. But I needn’t had worried as they loved the garden and it was a joy sharing it with them.

Coleton Fishacre

I also visited the wonderful gardens of Coleton Fishacre and what a time to visit.  As high summer is the perfect time to see and explore this beautiful garden. The banks and borders were over flowing bright ribbons and swathes of colours. This all sits against a backdrop of stunning sea views. The Rill and walled Gardens are a pure joy and the hot border sang in the sunshine

see link: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre

 

Agatha Christie home (Greenway)

It’ has also been a year of visiting and discovering lovely garden. Two highlights have been visiting Agatha Christie home (Greenway) and its delightful gardens, which being slightly overgrown was just my cup of tea.

The garden at Greenways sits within a woodland garden that waxes and weaves its way down to river Dart. It has spectacular views, colourful borders, a fernery, a walled garden and majestic trees. Many of which were planted to protect the privacy of Madam Christie.

The garden at Greenway.

Sorry

It’s been such a long time since I last posted anything but I’ve been busy with a host of new projects and visiting lovely gardens.

The big news is that my little garden is going to be on TV. It’s going to be on ‘Down The Garden Path With Dee Hart Dyke’ (mother of Miranda Hart). Miranda will be narrating a new gardening show based on her mother’s love of gardening. Down The Garden Path will be a three-part series for More4, which will see Dee visiting a number of gardens including some private gardens that open to the public under the National Open Garden Scheme (NGS).

Before filming, there was much anticipation and worry about Dee liking the garden and would it look good in April? As soon as Dee arrived (who had never seen my garden) all my worries vanished as not only was she charming she also said such lovely things about the garden. The crew and production team were all delightful, which made the filming a day of great fun, lots of laughter, talking about plants and gardening, heaven. I decided to get involved in this show because it’s an opportunity promote the NGS. I understand the show will be broadcast in autumn. So watch this space.