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Harringay gardens day

Time: July 1, 2012 from 10am to 6pm
Location: Harringay
Event Tag: harringay open gardens
Posted By: Alison P
Latest Activity: Jul 3, 2012

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Event Description

A chance to look around ten gardens local to Harringay. A brief description of each garden follows - for more details see this thread.

If you would like to visit any of the gardens please indicate on this page that you'll attend and I'll send address details to you a few days before.

  1. Seymour Rd. 10-10.45. North facing Harringay ladder garden with some paving and decking, but no lawn. Plants include a rose, lots of ferns, a rowan tree, cornus, witchhazel, euphorbia, dahlias, japanese anenomies, daphne etc
  2. Seymour Rd.  10.25-11.10. South facing, small, secluded garden (oriental poppies, white calla lilies, peonies, purple irises, clematis, roses, elephant ears, a very robust grape vine shrub).  
  3. Seymour Road. 10.45-11.30. Small south facing but pretty shady garden with a mixture of as much as I  can cram in! Woodlandy bit with pond and swing seat, herbacious bed, roses, grapevine, apple, cherry, bay, golden gage and pear tree and veg in pots.
  4. Rutland Gardens. 11-12. I like to plant edible plants, mainly lots of fruit, herbs and veg. We have 5 apples and 4 pears trees and loads of currants bushes. We also have a roof-top alpine garden on top of our shed.
  5. Beresford Rd. 11.30-12.30. 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. Very informal. I try and garden organically and encourage wildlife.  My little pond even has a few newts!  
  6. Effingham Rd. 12-1.00. Decking, ponds and various old bits of metal and lots of other strange bits!
  7. Wightman Rd. 12.30-1.30. Large garden backing on to the new river. The garden has a large 70 year old pear tree, a 35 year old walnut, three 25 year old apple trees, a plum tree, an ornamental crab apple and three dwarf fruit trees.  There is a grape vine which probably dates from 1962.  There is also an ornamental cherry and a sizeable weeping willow and, mostly along the river path fence, several climbers, roses and Vyburnums.  There are also some slightly raised beds near the house giving about 300 sq feet of space for growing herbs, salad, chard, rhubarb, broad beans and strawberries.  
  8. Sirdar Road (just off Westbury Avenue). 2.30-3.30. It is a small garden behind the house about 5 x 15 meters, which we have unusually shaped around a tiny bit of lawn with front and back patios and a winding brick-paved path, combining fruit trees (cherry, apple and fig), grapes, blueberries, red currants, with flowering trees (evergreen magnolia, ornamental cherry) and perennial flowering shrubs (roses, choisa, celmatis, Mexican orange, many types of jasmine and others), bamboo and a tiny pond, and rhubarb, strawberries and a range of kitchen herbs variously grown in the ground and in pots.
  9. Erskine Cres, N17. 3-4. Wildflower area, small herb section and a small pond. It measures about 4ft x 2ft, with a mixture of surface and marginal plants, including a water lily, mace and, of course, oxygenators. The whole garden is a postage stamp! It's only 15ft x 15ft, and is a prime example of what can be achieved within even the tiniest of spaces. It's been designed solely with wildlife in mind.  
  10. Stapleton Hall Rd N4. 5-6 . I have a 100 foot long by 30 foot wide south-facing garden on Stapleton Hall Road.  It doesn't have a lawn at all, but two wide borders separated by a railway sleeper path. 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.

Comment Wall

Comment by Ben Yeomans on June 21, 2012 at 0:48

Hello all, would love to visit as many of these that I can get to. Unfortunately I've nothing to show off in return - yet! It's still very much a work in progress... =S

Comment by Alison P on June 21, 2012 at 20:20

Hi Ben

Not a problem - hope to meet you in a few weeks. Am just praying it's not going to rain on the day!

Comment by Alison P on June 26, 2012 at 20:58

Less than a week to go!

A couple of people have been in touch asking when I'll send out full address details for the gardens. I'm planning to do that on Friday evening, but let me know if you'd like to get them earlier. So if you want to have a look at any of the gardens please sign up via this page on or before Friday.

At that point I'll send everyone who is kindly opening their gardens a list of those who've received the address list, so they've got the name of anyone who might show up.


Comment by Kerrie on June 28, 2012 at 13:02

Hi Alison

Please could you send addresses for Beresford Road and Stapleton Hall Road. Please could you send them earlier tomorrow as I use a work email address so may not be able to access the website after working hours.

Many thanks

Kerrie + 1

Comment by Alison P on June 28, 2012 at 21:00

Hi Kerrie, have just emailed you.

Comment by Alison P on June 29, 2012 at 22:08

Right, I've just contacted everyone who has signed up on this page (as of 10pm Friday) and given them full address details of the participating gardens. If you sign up after that please leave a message here and I'll contact you directly. I'm really looking forward to Sunday and am just praying it doesn't rain!

Comment by Jitsu on June 29, 2012 at 23:24

Hi Alison, I have nothing to show this time but I'd like to join you and get some good ideas. Could I please join you in the morning till lunch time(ish) with my parents? J x

Comment by Alison P on July 1, 2012 at 19:15
Just a quick note to say thank you to everyone who came to the ten different gardens, and to their owners. It was a really great day, very inspiring to see what others have done. Let's definitely do it again next year.
Comment by Hugh on July 1, 2012 at 19:47

Having come 24 hours early, sorry I couldn't make it to the real deal!

Comment by Hugh on July 1, 2012 at 20:24

Any photos anyone?

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