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Harringay open gardens

Time: July 7, 2013 from 10am to 6pm
Location: Harringay
Event Tag: 'open, gardens'
Posted By: Alison P
Latest Activity: Jul 8, 2013

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Event Description

The second Harringay open gardens day. Full discussion here.

There is a short description of each garden below, plus the order they will be open. If you'd like to visit any just sign up here and I will contact everyone with the relevant addresses a few days before the event.

Each garden has a time slot during which you can drop by - people can go to as many or as few as they want.


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Comment by Alison P on June 29, 2013 at 8:08

(Note, have tweaked a little to fit in a late extra garden!)

Participating gardens - morning

10-11.15 Hamden Lane N17 (parking available, on 341 bus route – get off first stop Lansdowne Rd)
We have a south facing garden which is now in its 7th year. I started from scratch and my inspiration is tropical so its evergreen with lots of Fatcias Ivy Hostas and Flax, we grow herbs, veg and fruit but its mixed in with the rest of the plants.

The garden is around 8m square (never measured it) but its sub divided and raised to the rear. We have a pond, a hammock, an out door oven and a built in hidden compost bin cupboard, its very child friendly. Some of it is decked and we have a pergola all made from scrap wooded beams from local building sites, our raised bed and patio are recycled too. We have an upstairs garden above our kitchen with an outdoor sofa and sun sail. Everyone who visits says it inspires them as it it not a large space but by subdividing it feels really spacious.

Most of my large plants I grew from babies, got given for free, grew myself or bought plants really cheaply in garden sales.


11-12.15 - Eade Rd
Our garden is typical of many London gardens, being long and narrow - about 80 foot long and a lot narrower. We are very lucky to be south- west facing, so enjoy sun most of the day (when it's out!). The garden is probably best described as cottage garden style planting with the emphasis on beautiful, scented plants and things to eat. We don't use slug pellets or pesticides, which is challenging, but means we have lots of frogs in the evenings.

11.45-1.00 - Rutland Gardens
Our garden is south-facing in Rutland Gardens. Lots of it is edible plants (although not all are), mainly lots of fruit, herbs and veg. We have 5 apples and 4 pears trees and black, red, white and pink-currants bushes, blueberries, blackberries, loganberries and tayberries! The Tayberry gets more amazing each year, this year having four great big arms spread out arcoss the fence. In fact, all the fruit is doing really well due to the extended cold. Wonder if this is the same feeling among Harringay fruit growers??

Matt Gamble did a fab job on the back of my garden during winter (Cheers Matt!) fixing the back fence and general back area so it's not my dumping spot anymore. I've added wineberries and more types of thornless blackberries here and finally put the pear in the ground after 3 years in a large pot. I love adding more to the garden each year, so this year have added some more varieties of flowers, while still holding onto a woodland look and feel. We still also have the roof-top alpine garden on top of our shed, where the alpines are flowering beautifully this year.


12.30-1.45 Wightman Rd
Large garden backing on to railway land and the New River. The garden is mostly grass, open or under mature fruit trees (apples, pears and plums) providing space for games and picnics. There is a small shrubbery and a grape vine which probably dates from the 1960s. There is a sizeable weeping willow and, mostly along the river path fence, several climbers, roses and Vyburnums. About 100 square metres of ground is cultivated for a variety of vegetables and soft fruit (including potatoes, horse radish, brassicas, globe and Jerusalem artichokes, climbing French beans, runner beans, gooseberries and blackcurrants). There are also some slightly raised beds near the house giving a further 20 square metres for growing herbs, salad, chard, rhubarb, beet root, broad beans and strawberries. New since last year are: a damson tree, a new fruit bush, an asparagus bed, New Zealand yams, Peruvian earth apples and red orache (grown from seed obtained at the HoL seed exchange).

Comment by Alison P on June 29, 2013 at 8:08


1.15-2.30 Beresford Rd

I have a south facing ladder garden except that having two very tall Lime trees at the bottom means only half the garden is in sun.  I have no lawn just beds and a couple of seating areas and paths made of gravel and paving.  I try and keep it under control but my garden has a mind of its own so its very informal with mixed areas for flowers fruit and veg and a bit of a woodland feel down the end.  I try and garden organically and encourage wildlife.  My little pond even has a few newts!  My prize and joy Includes a 12ft Banana tree which I love to bits.


2-3.15 Hewitt Rd

The garden is large as it's at the back of one of those houses next to the New River, although the river is underground at this point. A mature garden, a bit like a cottage garden with a few architectural features, secret spaces, a hidden tree house and party shed.


3-4.00 Warham Rd (front garden)

Small is beautiful. In a world where the front garden has become a wheelie bin park, the aim of my front garden is to grow bee friendly flowers and create a bit of colour and interest for passersby. I like things that are easy to grow and hard to kill as I'm a very haphazard gardener. I also like the idea of my garden being good for grazing so amongst the flowers, I grow things to chomp and chew like rocket, tomatoes, beans and tasty leaves like mint. I've even got a few strawberries in the window box. As front gardens are vulnerable to light-fingered Larries, don't expect fancy pots. It's all about recycling and reusing. I grow stuff in washing up bowls, old paint containers and even an abandoned barbecue.


3.30-4.45 Seymour Rd
The size/dimensions are fairly typical for a (north facing) ladder garden. It has been tinkered with almost continuously for over 12 years to fit in more plants, culminating in the lawn being dug up last year. What seemed like minimal planting done then has now expanded considerably. It includes a few trees and large shrubs (continus and cornus) plus a lot of flowers, including roses, dahlia and sweet peas. There is a small decked area plus a patio.


4.15-5.30 Seymour Rd

Quite a small south facing garden but crammed with as much as it can take - (though I have hung onto a small lawn area!). I will pretty much try growing anything so my garden has a lot of a little bit of everything, including lots of pots. Fruit trees, herbacious perennials, evergreen shrubs, and veg (in pots). There is a little pond full of frogs and I'm growing mint and strawberries in hanging baskets to avoid the slug issue! Love to try out plants that are new to me.


5.15-6.30 Stapleton Hall Road
I have a 100 foot long by 30 foot wide south-facing garden on Stapleton Hall Road. It has a patio leading out from the French doors - or at least it did have until I dug most of it up for some raised beds for veg. It doesn't have a lawn at all,but two wide borders separated by a railway sleeper path (appropriately running down almost to the Gospel Oak to Barking railway! It has a large pond in need of attention and a greenhouse at the bottom. Lots of trees, shrubs and perennials plonked any old how - and weeds (but they seem to be OK as some of the Chelsea show gardens had carefully planned weeds this year!).


Comment by Alison P on July 4, 2013 at 21:51

Looks like the weather is going to be kind to us! Will send out lists with full addresses on Saturday (so please sign up by lunchtime if you haven't yet). I'll also pass on a list of everyone who has signed up here to the partcipating gardens (although of course I appreciate not everyone will go to every garden). Look forward to meeting as many of you as possible on Sunday!

Comment by Magentatoes on July 5, 2013 at 6:53
I'd like to come to this and think I've signed up... I haven't received any details yet though. Can anyone help? Also, is it Saturday or Sunday? I thought Sunday but the recent email said Saturday... Thanks!
Comment by Magentatoes on July 5, 2013 at 6:54
Just seen the above! Ignore me!!
Comment by Susan on July 5, 2013 at 7:33

When I have full details I'll work out which ones I can easily get to from where I am on Wightman Road (near Haringey Station).  I don't have transport, so will walk to most places.

Comment by Alison P on July 5, 2013 at 7:51
Hi Susan, there are lots you'll be able to get to easily from there, depending on how far you want to walk of course.
Comment by Alison P on July 6, 2013 at 8:25

Slight change of plan - I've had to send round the list of gardens slightly earlier than I planned so it's just gone out to anyone who said they were coming. I've used to the email addresses you used when you registered for HOL. Let me know if it doesn't arrive.

Not too late to sign up - will contact anyone else who does later today with full details.

Comment by Sally on July 6, 2013 at 21:16

Hi there

I didn't get the email about the open gardens. I just checked now and it's not there. Could you message me the details on HOL perhaps?

Many thanks


Comment by Alison P on July 6, 2013 at 21:37
Hi Sally
Sorry to hear that, have just sent via HOL email.

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