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The Big Dig 2014: Saturday 22 March

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on March 17, 2014 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The Big Dig 2014: Saturday 22 March

On Saturday 22nd March 2014 community gardens up and down the country will be getting their gardens ready for the new growing season. Find a garden listed below to get involved.


* Forest Hill: Horniman Primary School Allotment Project

Time: 1-4pm

Where: Horniman Drive, Forest Hill, SE23 3BP


A garden in a primary school set high up in Forest Hill, with a wonderful view over London. There are raised beds where the children grow vegetables, flowers and herbs and a wildlife area with a pond.

What's happening: We will be digging and weeding the raised beds to get them ready for growing and clearing a new area to put our compost bins. All help very welcome!


* Brockley Rise: St Saviour's Edible Garden

Time: 10.30am - 12pm

Where: Brockley Rise SE23 1JNUrban food growing patch outside a church in Brockley Rise.

An organic permaculture and organic food growing garden.


What's happening:

Digging new beds to extend the growing area.


*New Cross: Somerville Adventure Playground +Kitchen Garden

Time: 1-5pm Gardening Workshops 1-3

Where: Somerville Adventure Playground, Queens Road, New Cross SE14 5AA

This is a well-established, community based adventure playground and Youth service. Grow Wild are facilitating the development of a Kitchen Garden.


What's happening: Discover the playground, join in with a Family Gardening Workshop from 1-3 'Take Away Summer Crop Windowbox' and plants for sale.


* Telegraph Hill: Common Growth Community Garden

Time: 2-5pm

Where: Sandbourne Road SE4 2NS

Common Growth is a community garden in New Cross, transforming a small patch of waste ground into a productive space for food growing, for the local community. It's very informal and everyone is welcome to come and help or just enjoy the garden.


What's happening: Building raised beds, harvesting, weeding, turning compost, drawing, digging!


* Catford: Rushey Green Community Garden

Time: 12-5 pm

Where: Riverview Park, Catford, London SE6 4PL

This is a derelict allotment that has been overtaken with bramble and rubbish and plans are in place for clearing both. To make areas of the garden available for long term use of local groups to pursue their own growing interests.

Whats happening: This is an opportunity to visit, explore and discuss your view of the potential of this 3,000 m2 site. To help clear the site.


How to get there: From Catford rail stations walk along Catford Rd passing Wickes on your left. Take the next left into Exbury Rd and then into Riverview Park. After 200m at a break in the houses look for the signs for an allotment on your left. Call mobile shown for help.


* Forest Hill: Albion Millennium Green

Time: 10am - 3pm.

Where: end of Albion Villas Road SE26 4DB


An open access green with a community orchard, woods, meadows and scrubland. Regular arts events in the Spring and Summer

Whats happening: We will be pruning fruit trees, clearing pathways, preparing a new path to improve access to this site.


Spring Garden tours at Perch Hill with Sarah Raven this weekend.

Posted by Chrissie on April 25, 2013 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

This weekend,  if you aren't volunteersing in a garden,  why not visit one?

Sarah Raven  is offering tours around Perch Hill this Saturday- its 90 mins from London.

Well worth your time.  

Open Gardens Sunday - Hither Green

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on May 19, 2012 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (4)

Link to Hither Gren Gardens Map

Plus Plant Swap + Ask a Gardener

@Springbank Road Community Garden

Time: 11am - 1pm 

 A Hither Green Week Event. 

Chelsea- Andy Sturgeon M and G Garden!

Posted by Bizzy Bee on May 18, 2012 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (2)

Ive just seen this sneak peak of the M and G garden designed by the great Andy Sturgeon.  He does love a box ball! 

That rusty looking scultupre of circles look fabulous.  But Im loving the travertine (?) stone walls. 
Im so excited. Im going on the final day and hope to pick up some bargains!

Ive been following a few gardening blogs- Andy Sturgeon's included and watching the serious struggles the gardeners have had  this year because of the crazy weather. People have had to change plants at this eleventh hour when they are bringing everything together. Has to be the riskiest Chelsea ever.   

Four days to go! I cant wait!

Chelsea Preview: Diarmuid Gavin's Hanging Gardens!

Posted by Alan on April 30, 2012 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (10)

After last year's levitating  'pink eye in the sky' which the public couldnt ride up,  Diarmuid Garvin has come up with another showy but ultimately daft and inaccessible garden. Its a pyramid of scaffolding poles 7storeys high with a garden on every level.

Gavin says the 80ft-high garden was inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

Im trying not to pre-judge! :D

Sorry, I cant resist! :P

Why do the RHS  indulge him?! These Celsea gardens are meant to be inspirational rather than aspirational- after all they each cost the price of a house in London. But surely some link to what can be produced in a home garden setting has to be maintained?
There is a quote from a professional gardener in the accompanying article, and there aren't many who would disagree with it!. 

Matt Appleby of Horticulture Week – said: ‘It’s a towering garden for a man with a towering ego.’


Read more:

This Fiat 500 will top out the Garden Tower.

Perhaps if he saws the Fiat in half, Gavin will also get a show at the Tate! Its's such a statement garden, anything less than Best In Show will be seen as a humiliation. Plus he is  such a sulky character, he''d probably slope off for another 7 years like he did last time he didnt win Gold !

What Im REALLY looking forward to is Andy Sturgeon lastest opus. Now he really is a design and planting genius ! 

Hither Green Week 2012- details released

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on April 23, 2012 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Hither Green Week takes place 19-27 May, 2012 

A celebration of all things Hither Green.  A broad range of events are taking place in venues across the neighbourhood. Lee, Lewisham Blackheath and Catford are all within 20 mins walk of Hither Green. See you there!

Web: Our Hither

Saturday 19 May

Arts, Crafts and Food Fayre

Hither Green Bake Off

Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet

Sunday 20 May

Ask a Gardener – Swap a Plant

Open Gardens

Choral Evensong

Monday 21 May

Royal Music for the Jubilee

An Evening of Cabaret

Tuesday 22 May

Hope and Dreams Story Telling

Organ Recital

Eastend Cabaret

Wednesday 23 May

Flavours of Bengal

History of Hither Green

Thursday 24 May

Festival Schools’ Concert

Teatro Vivo – Curiosity Shop

Friday 25 May

Youth Expressions

Pie and Mash Films

Saturday 26 May

Circus Olympics

The Animalympics Film

Wild Food Forage Walk

Diamond Jubilee Fish and Chip Supper

Sunday 27 May

Historical Walk

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Peel Cars Open Basement

Songs of Celebration

Throughout the Week

Hither Green Exhibition

The Crystal Cave

Open Gardens Festival 2012: St Christopher's Hospice

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on April 1, 2012 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

St Christopher's Hospice, Open Gardens Festival 2012

For the Open Gardens Festival 2012, supporters open their gardens to the public to raise money in support of St Christopher's Hospice. Please note that all gardens will open even if it rains!


Saturday 5 May - 11am-2pm

St Christopher's Hospice, 51-59 Lawrie Park Road, Sydenham SE26 6DZ

Sunday 6 May - 2pm-5pm

106 Shirley Way, Shirley, Croydon CR0 8PD

Sunday 27 May - 2pm-5pm

8 Lucerne Road, Orpington BR6 0EP

Sunday 3 June - 2.30pm-5.30pm

174 Peckham Rye, East Dulwich, London SE22 9QA

* Sunday 10 June - 2pm-4pm

207 and 209 Worsley Bridge Road, Beckenham BR3 1RW

Sunday 10 June - 2pm-6pm

111 Alleyn Park, Dulwich SE21 8AA

* Saturday 16 June - 2pm-6pm

Forest Hill Safari Open Garden Day, Forest Hill SE23

* Sunday 17 June - 2pm-5.30pm

20 Dacres Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 2NW (NGS Participant)

Sunday 17 June - 1pm-6pm

Choumert Square, Peckham, London SE15 4RE (NGS Participant)

Sunday 24 June - 2pm-5pm

102 Dulwich Village, London SE21 7AQ

Sunday 24 June - 2pm-5pm

103/105 Dulwich Village, London SE21 7BJ

Friday 29 June - 7pm onwards

Highview, Layhams Road, Keston, Kent BR2 6AR

Sunday 1 July - 1pm-5pm

10 Homestead Road, Chelsfield Park, Orpington BR6 6HW

Sunday 19 August - 11am-3pm

West Wickham Allotments Association, Hawes Lane, West Wickham BR4 9AF


Become a Mobile Gardener!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on March 19, 2012 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

From the rather wonderful Chelsea Fringe website


The new Mobile Gardener's Park community garden welcomes you to become a mobile gardener too. From raised beds on wheels to the good old fashioned pot plant, we're mobile. This is a workshop to make mobile gardens.

The Mobile Gardener’s Park is a new meanwhile space near the Elephant and Castle on the edge of the derelict Heygate Estate. People are parking gardens there, some for a few years some for a few hours. While some are very elaborate mobile contraptions some are more traditional.

Come to this workshop but bring your plant pots with you. This is a chance to renovate your tired pot plants, refresh your kitchen herb garden, and we’ll also be developing our larger mobile garden contraptions – come and learn how to make one of these too. Training, soil and seeds provided free, plants available for sale.

Click for map

London Gardens Walk - a fascinating 20 mile stroll

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on March 19, 2012 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (1)

The London Gardens Walk takes you on an epic 20 mile adventure through 700 years of garden history, design styles and possible futures. A free printable map is available for download from the website.

A free electronic map is available for use on mobile phones, etc. An Amazon Kindle ebook explains the history and has a British Museum Guide to walk you through another 3,300 years of garden history.

London Gardens Walk is being created by Tom Turner – it will be published and offered as a FREE DOWNLOAD on 19th May.