Roots and Shoots, SE11, Walnut Tree Walk, London
˝-acre wildlife garden run by innovative charity providing training and garden advice. Summer meadow, observation beehives, 2 large ponds, hot borders, Mediterranean mound, old roses and echiums. Learning centre with photovoltaic roof, solar heating, rainwater catchment, three planted roofs, one brown roof. Study room for wildlife garden. Displays, nest box cameras, observation beehives and beekeeping demonstrations. Exhibitions of work by local children and artists. Children's activities Sun 8 June
Mon to Fri (10-4) all yr, not Bank Hols.
For NGS: Sat 7, Sun 8 June (11-4). Evening Opening Wed 2 July (6.30-8.30).
Lambeth Palace, SE1, London
garden is one of the oldest and largest private gardens in London. Site occupied by Archbishops of Canterbury since end C12. Formal courtyards with historic white fig (originally planted 1555). Parkland-style garden with mature trees, woodland and native planting, pond, hornbeam allĂ©e. Also formal rose terrace, summer gravel border, chapel garden and beehives
Sat 10 May (2-5.30).
Museum of Garden History, SE1, Lambeth_Palace Road, London
Reproduction C17 knot garden with period plants, topiary and box hedging. Wild garden in front of graveyard area; drought planting at front entrance. Historic tools, information displays, changing exhibitions, shop and cafĂ© housed in former church of St-Mary-at-Lambeth
Tues to Suns, not 2 week Christmas period.
For NGS: Sat 10 May (10.30-5).
Downings Road Mooring Barge Gardens, SE1, 31 Mill Street, London
Series of 7 floating barge gardens connected by walkways and bridges. Gardens have an eclectic range of plants for yr-round seasonal interest. Marine environment: suitable shoes and care needed. Not suitable for small children. Featured in RHS 'The Garden'. Cover photograph for 'Time Out' waterways supplement. Highly Commended Southwark in Bloom competition
Sun 27 July (2-5).