Gardens: Dulwich Village Open Gardens

We've been going to these gardens on their open days (this Sunday afternoon, and on June 16th), for years and always enjoy ourselves so much. The gardens, which join up at the back, belong to two adjacent houses in the heart of Dulwich Village. Neither has been designed or planted by a professional gardener, but rather both have been developed over years by hard work and with love by their very good gardening owners. They are wonderful gardens – very large – with everything you'd ever want in a London garden: formal borders, fruit cages and vegetable patches, ponds and pergalas, terraces and 'rooms', with masses of old fashioned tumbling roses everywhere and great planting schemes. We always take lots of pictures and come home feeling inspired and envious in equal measure. There is also a good range of plants to buy, and it's a lovely way to buy them: spotting something you love or discovering something new in situ, seeing how it works next to other things, and then being able to take it home with you. It's a great way to learn about what works where, with no effort required. Walking round these gardens, you just absorb useful lessons in a way that's much harder to do in larger National Trust or public gardens, which are usually designed on a much bigger scale. But even if you're not crazy about gardening, what's not to like about lounging about in a divine private garden, with tea, homemade cakes, and old fashioned squash on tap – all sold very cheaply, and, like the entrance fee to the gardens, in aid of St. Christopher's Hospice. A lovely afternoon out. Do note though: no dogs.

Open Gardens in Dulwich Village, in aid of St. Christopher's Hospice
Sun 2 June & Sun 16 June, 2013. 2pm - 5pm
103 & 105 Dulwich Village, SE21 7BJ
£5 entry to both gardens - which goes to St. Christopher's Hospice. Children free. No dogs allowed.
— Daisy
29th May 2013

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