Gardens to Visit in London open August Bankholiday

Gardens to Visit in London open August Bankholiday

Bank Holidays are often times where we want to get out and do stuff in the garden.  If you're not busy planting your veg, or tidying up the garden, then why not go and visit someone else's?  If you're interested in visiting gardens over the August Bank Holiday Weekend, and you're in London - these well kept secrets are open this weekend.  And well worth a visit.  All are members of the National Gardens Scheme.
Please feel free to tell us about other gardens you'd recommend - in London, or other cities.


225a Brixton Road, SW9, London, London, SW9 6LW
Architects' home with productive vegetable garden in modern raised beds in the front garden. To the rear are fruit and mostly perennial flowers in a rusty palette. Lower level calm garden with fish pond. Modern urban oasis with unusual materials but designed for maximum floral effect.
Distance: 3.02 miles
Open: Evening Opening £3, chd free, Home-made teas, Sun 28 Aug (2-8). Visitors also welcome by appt for groups & individuals, afternoon tea by arrangement
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28 Multon Road, SW18, Wandsworth, London, London, SW18 3LH
'The planting here is strong and modern: bananas, gorgeous tetrapanax, a tree fern... and the biggest phormium I've ever seen. Vast paddle leaves of bananas splay out against a background of bamboo' (Anna Pavord). 70ft x 40ft subtropical suburban oasis, designed to defy global warming, garden pests and kids without recourse to carbon emissions, chemicals or cranial damage. Design is contemporary but not minimalist, there is lots of seating, and ponds with frogs and goldfish
Distance: 5.57 miles
Open: Sun 28 Aug (2-6). Visitors also welcome by appt
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Norwood Farm, Effingham, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT24 5JF
New Garden for 2011C15 listed Hall house and 100ft long listed barn surrounded by over 10 acres of immaculate gardens. There are extensive, well-stocked herbaceous borders and shrubberies, a formal area with fish pond and a white garden. Two duck ponds linked by a stream, woodland walk and a large area planted with specimen trees
Distance: 20.4 miles
Open: Sun 28 Aug (11-5).
view »Stuart Cottage, East Clandon, Surrey, GU4 7SF
½-acre partly walled garden using some traditional box shapes and hedging to offer formality in the otherwise informal garden of this C16 cottage. Wisteria and rose/clematis walks give shade to the S/W aspect while rosemary and lavender edge the brick paths. Unusual herbaceous plants vie for attention among cottage garden favourites. From decorative organic kitchen garden pass by 4 large potted brugmansia plants to a small chequerboard mown orchard
Distance: 23.93 miles
Open: Evening Opening £3, chd free, Home-made teas, Wed 22 June (6.30-8.30); Sun 24 July, Sun 28 Aug (2-6). Visitors also welcome by appt for groups of 20+
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