Those amazing gardens – I got the dates wrong. THEY ARE OPEN TODAY, 2nd June, and next Sunday, 9th:

Open Gardens – 2 June
1. Tim and Patricia Barnes, The White House, Crooms Hill, SE10 8HH TEAS
A walled garden laid out when the house belonged to the Astronomer Royal.
Lots of climbers, good-sized lawn and flowers planted in a rather haphazard
but hopefully cottagey way. And a mulberry tree as old as the house.
2. Ian and Susan Pawlby, 22 West Grove Lane, SE10 8QP WINE
Come and explore a hidden garden in a hidden lane.
3. Jane Custance Baker and Peter Gingold, 51 Hyde Vale, SE10 8QQ
Dangerously steep and thorny terraced garden entered at the visitor’s own
risk. Designed to be viewed from the house, the owner and inept gardener will
do house tours to show the exceptionally varied and challenging site from
different (and safe) vantage points.
4. Ann Broadbent, 14 Crooms Hill, SE10 8ER
A very large and peaceful garden, it contains nothing much except wonderful
mature trees including a plane as big as the ones in Berkeley Square. Tours of
the house, which is much more interesting, are also on offer.
5. Susan and Jimmy Gaston, 119 Maze Hill, SE10 8XQ TEAS
North-east facing garden lying under Vanbrugh Castle; raised beds with
shrubs, a pergola covered in Albertine and Brides Veil roses, and a beautiful
dovecote as the centre piece.
6. Alan Bartlett and Simon Gallie, 27 Maidenstone Hill, SE10 8SY TEAS
This narrow hillside garden forms part of Point Hill and features some of Alan’s
RHS medal-winning garden items as well as his chickens. There are many unusual
plants in the garden. Due to the many steps, slopes and limited accessibility of
this garden, it may not be suitable for people requiring walking assistance.

Open Gardens – 9 June
1. Clare and Mark Hatcher, 41 Gloucester Circus, SE10 8RY PIMMS
A walled garden in a late Georgian terrace, the garden comprises formal
elements with herbaceous borders, a beech hedge and a woodland garden
under a horse chestnut tree.
2. Penny and David Matheson, 30 Hyde Vale, SE10 8QH PIMMS
The garden of an 1830s tea-caddy house with a lawn in front and, behind, two
shallow flower-filled terrace beds backed by rose-covered arches through
which one sees a round lawn surrounded by a stone path and banks of
shrubs, ivy and large trees.
3. Teresa and Jonathan Sumption, The Manor House, Crooms Hill, SE10 8HG
A large garden standing on the edge of the hill comprising two small formal
gardens, a flower garden surrounded by trellis and pleached apple trees
divided by a parterre of lavender, and a sunken garden with a geometrical box
parterre planted with herbs.
4. Caroline and Richard Newton Price, 3 Hyde Vale, SE10 8QQ TEAS
New garden, old garden, tea and cake.
5. Geoff and Paula Nuttall, 124 King George Street, SE10 8PX
A small, south-facing walled garden that can be entered by a side gate.
6. John and Helene Mitchell, 4 Orchard Drive, SE3 0QP
Views from the house (wisteria and jasmine) and rear terrace (camellias) lead,
via the croquet lawn and yew hedge, to the orchard (apples, pears, plums and
quince) and a wild area (silver birch, oak and walnut).


Sorry about the mistake – only just found out about it.

6 Comments to “STOP PRESS”

  1. Adam says:

    I bumped into a neighbour at 4pm yesterday, who told me about this. Had enough time to dash round 3 of the gardens. Maidenstone Hill was amazing – even had a babbling brook flowing down the steep plot. And the most ridiculous-looking chickens I have ever seen!

  2. Anne says:

    Those chickens were beautiful! Glorious diva-ish creatures!

    Huge thanks, Phantom, for posting about this, I wouldn’t have known about it otherwise – and it was worth the £10 just to see inside 14 Crooms Hill!

  3. Helena says:

    Indeed many thanks Phant, Adam and Anne have hit the nail on the head with their comments above- particularly about the chickens and 14 Crooms Hill – who knew someone could have a full blown meadow for a garden! Most of all worth it for being able to shoot the breeze with other locals over a tea, we found out about the new refurb of Hare and Billet Pub which we’d avoided after a previous encounter and now will head to every time the weather warrants a walk through the park… well worth a revisit! Plus a little history lesson of the tunnels under the park for good measure. We’ll be touring the gardens again this weekend that’s for sure…

  4. Alan Bartlett says:

    Thank you for the lovely comments about my garden and my unusual pure breed chickens. I think the ones you are referring to are the Polands which originate from southern Russia and are the ones with the bouffant hairdos. They are absolutely bonkers but very tame and chatty when handled.

  5. Jon says:

    Are the lovely gardens on Ballast Quay next to the Cutty Sark drinking area still going to be open?