Avery Hill Winter Garden

I was excited about seeing the Winter Garden at Avery Hill, where, I was told, ‘…The well-stocked Winter Garden is open to the public, and to the west are terraced flower gardens… The main domed structure was “flanked by fernery and conservatory, the best survival in London of such Victorian extravaganzas” (Pevsner) and it took 8 years to build. In the eastern conservatory is a fountain with a marble statue of ‘Galatea Reclining on a Dolphin’, 1882, by Leopoldo Ansiglioni, which depicts the figure and dolphin surrounded by 4 bronze birds and a group of sea turtles…’. Wonderful! I could hardly wait!

Avery Hill
Avery Hill Winter Garden

There were some beautiful geraniums, including a few with scented leaves.

Geraniums? Let’s look closer.

Avery Hill Winter Garden

Avery Hill Winter Garden

Scatted in the devastation I saw these plants.

Are these the ‘..terraced flower gardens..’?

Avery Hill
Avery Hill
Avery Hill
Avery Hill

A parttime gardener was doing what she could with no resources, remembering the lost glory to the consoling sounds of Radio 3.

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London Gardens Online
A Tour of Avery Hill (with photographs)
Hidden London
HLF Funding for Avery Hill
The Diamond Geezer

 

Sky Garden

Inspired by Nomura International PLC‘s roof garden and the Roof Gardens in Kensington, I wondered if there were any similar gardens in London, and found Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street, aka the ‘Walkie Talkie Building’!

20 Fenchurch Street from London Bridge
20 Fenchurch Street from London Bridge

The garden is newly planted and needs time to develop, but there are beautiful ferns and cycads, and something I haven’t seen for a long time, Tradescantia Zebrinawhich I remember from my childhood in South Africa.

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The top floor of 20 Fenchurch Street is effectively a giant conservatory where people were quietly enjoying the time of day, and the plants are secondary to the amazing views. Visits can be booked here.

The lower level, overlooking the Thames
The lower level, overlooking the Thames
The viewing gallery over the Thames
The viewing gallery over the Thames
The restaurant block inside the 'conservatory'
The restaurant block inside the ‘conservatory’

The views are amazing! I only had my small camera, and photographs have to be taken through the glass, so I recommend something with greater definition and filters, or heavy editing afterwards.

Looking eastwards to Canary Wharf
Looking eastwards to Canary Wharf

And there are more roof gardens in the City.

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20 Fenchurch Street

Open Squares in London, no.2

The 4.5 acres of Belgrave Square were planted by Thomas Cubitt in 1826 – today it is quite simply stunning – parkland in the centre of London for residents of the square.

Belgrave Square

Eaton Square was started in 1826 for the Duke of Westminster, the landowner.

Eaton Square

Eaton Square

Chester Square was laid out in 1828-40 by the first Duke of Westminster and his architect, Thomas Cundy.

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St Michael's Church, Chester Square

Eccleston Square dates from 1928 when Thomas Cubitt designed a 3-acre garden to replace the existing swamp. Today the garden is filled with unusual plants and trees and includes the National Ceanothus Collection.

Eccleston Square

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Open Squares in London, no.1

I visited several squares on Sunday 14 June – all amazing! Kensington Square is one of the earliest garden squares in London, with layout beginning in 1692.

Kensington Square
Kensington Square
Kensington Square
Kensington Square

Queen’s Gate Gardens was laid out in the 1860s and we were asked to note the mulberry tree and the catalpa, both from the original plantings.

Hereford Square was built between 1845-50 and is actively managed by the residents, with many interesting and beautiful plants and trees.

The Hereford Arms at Hereford Square

Hereford Square
Hereford Square

Hereford Square

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Kensington Square
The history of Kensington Square

The Roof Gardens, Kensington

Sunday 14 June, the second day of the Open Squares Weekend, started very early at The Roof Gardens on Kensington High Street – what a fantastic place!

The former Derry  Toms Building
The former Derry Toms building

The Roof Gardens covers 1.5 acres on the roof of the former Derry and Toms building on Kensington High Street and is now owned by Sir Richard Branson. In 1853 Joseph Toms started the small department store on Kensington High Street which became Derry and Toms in 1862 and which has changed ownership several times over the years. Trevor Bowen, Vice President of Barkers commissioned the gardens from Ralph Hancock and work started in 1936, with the gardens opening in 1938. Today the gardens remain open to the public.

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https://kasiacharko.wordpress.com/2013/05/05/the-roof-garden-derry-and-toms-summer-1973/

We entered through the Spanish Garden which is modelled on the Alhambra in Granada.

The Spanish Gardens
The Spanish Gardens

The Tudor Gardens are planted with white – roses, arum lilies, paeonies, philadelphus – beautiful and peaceful.

The Tudor Gardens
The Tudor Gardens

The Tudor Gardens

The English Garden has lawns, trees, flamingoes, and a stream!

The English Gardens
The English Gardens
The view from the English Gardens
The view from the English Gardens

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Historic photographs of The Roof Gardens
The Roof Gardens
Interesting blog post on the Gardens & Ralph
Hancock

 

Greenwich Park Rose Garden

Ranger’s House dates from c.1700 and was built for a sea captain, Vice Admiral Francis Hosier. The house overlooks Blackheath and backs on to Greenwich Park. It is possible to visit the house, but only on a guided tour. The rose garden is in the Park and is filled with wonderful things.

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These stunning roses in the rose garden at Greenwich Park are called Michèle Meilland, but after searching on the internet I wonder if they are actually Francis Meilland?

Michele Meilland rose

Michele Meilland rose

Michele Meilland rose

Michele Meilland rose

I enthused over this rose last year as well!

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Lyons’ famous roses
Photographs of Alain Meilland & family

Open Gardens in Halesworth

Halesworth is a Market Town in High Suffolk and over the weekend townspeople opened their gardens in support of Air Ambulance. Walking through the town centre gives no hint of the beautiful spaces hidden away throughout the town – it was a wonderful afternoon!

Halesworth Open Gardens

The flowers were abundant everywhere, and the roses were particularly beautiful.

Halesworth Open Gardens

There were large, park-like gardens, wilderness areas, town gardens, courtyards, a gravel garden – all absolutely beautiful.

Halesworth Open Gardens

Halesworth Open Gardens

And there were interesting plants

Halesworth is a very old town and I need to explore further!

Halesworth

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The history of Halesworth