... is opening this weekend as part of the National Gardens Scheme
Sat 29th and Sun 30 May from 2.00pm -5.00pm
Lambeth Community Care Centre, Monkton Street SE11
2/3-acre garden. Mixed shrubs, trees, small rose garden, herbs, interesting walkways and mixed borders. Very large plant sales. London Gardens Society Hospital Gold Cup Winner 2002
How to get there:
Either - Tube or buses to Elephant & Castle, cut behind Leisure Centre to Brook Drive. Turn into Sullivan Rd, passage to Monkton St.
Or - Buses: 3, 109, 159 or drive (ample parking) to Kennington Rd; at Ship public house turn into Bishop's Terrace, 1st R to Monkton St
Admission £1, chd 50p
James will no doubt be appalled by this plug for an event in the depths of SE11, but I think its near enough to most SE1ites to count as local.
This garden is an amazing place, maintained by a dedicated team on a shoestring budget.
The plant sales are always fantastic, with a wide range of stuff - best to get there on Saturday if you want some of the rarities.
The whole event has a wonderful old-fashioned atmosphere, perhaps down to the cut-glass tones of some of the gentel Kennington ladies chatting while people from Elephant estates munch on home made cakes.
It's like my mental image of the Ambridge village fete.
Rabbie may be right. This event is good - I used to live opposite and the gardens are lovely. And the chance of marmalade drizzle cake is high.
Even better is the annual North Lambeth parish fete held in the grounds of Lambeth Palace. The only chance most peole get to see the Archbishops garden. That has the lot. Last time I went the vicar appeared to be in evening dress for some unknown reason. The home-made cakes were good and as were the jams. Those in the know arrive early and head straight for the product of the better local jam makers. A very strange sense of being part of an old village community. Made scarey by the fact that I met at least a dozen people I knew.
Is either Rabbie or James aware of this year's date.