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Open Gardens in the Muswell Hill and District Area

Date Location
18 February 2018 7 The Grove, N6
8 April 2018 7 The Grove, N6
29 April 2018 5 St Regis Close, N10
13 May 2018 Princes Avenue Gardens, N10
13 May 2018 Southwood Lodge, N6
20 May 2018 New For 2018 19 Coolhurst Road, N8
20 May 2018 55 Dukes Avenue, N10
20 May 2018 New For 2018 12 Fairfield Road, N8
20 May 2018 3 The Park, N6
20 May 2018 New For 2018 26 Ringwood Avenue, N2
20 May 2018 33 Wood Vale, N10
10 June 2018 7 The Grove, N6
17 June 2018 5 St Regis Close, N10
17 June 2018 21 Woodland Rise, N10
24 June 2018 11 Park Avenue North, N8
1 July 2018 New For 2018 18 Dorchester Gardens, NW11
1 July 2018 Railway Cottages, N22
15 July 2018 New For 2018 46 Ollerton Road, N11
15 July 2018 New For 2018 24 Twyford Avenue, N2
22 July 2018 New For 2018 46 Ollerton Road, N11
22 July 2018 5 St Regis Close, N10
29 July 2018 79 Church Lane, N2
29 July 2018 5 St Regis Close, N10
5 August 2018 10 Woodside Avenue, N6
2 September 2018 Golf Course Allotments, N11
30 September 2018 23 Imperial Road, N22
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79 Church Lane, East Finchley, London, N2 0TH
Caro & David Broome
Sunday 29 July (2:00-6:00pm).
Admission £4.00 for NGS
Children free.
Home-made teas including gluten free.
Plants for sale
Directions Tube: E Finchley, then East End Rd for 0.75 miles, Right into Church Lane. Buses: 143 to Five Bells Pub, 3 min walk; 263 to East Finchley Library, 5 min walk.
Award winning garden full of vibrancy, humour and innovation. Contemporary front garden leads through to the 'catatorium', an open air enmeshed conservatory created for feline frolics, featuring exotic cannas, hostas & ferns. Containers chock full of lush heucheras, ipomoea & coleus, contrasting with vibrant begonias and trailing nasturtiums. Step into the garden beyond, surrounded by 'borrowed' trees, & borders designed for high summer impact. Roses intermingle with a vivid tapestry of unusual perennials, against a back drop of colourful shrubs. Curved stone rill, leading into an ornamental pond, surrounds a central prairie border, all set amongst a variety of different hard landscaping. Rustic archway leads to secluded fernery, home to Caro's greenhouse, David's secret hideaway and their unexpected roof terrace.

Caro's plant hunting habit ensures a constant introduction of new and unusual perennials from specialist nurseries throughout South East England. Salvias and ornamental grasses dominate the sunny borders, whilst her densely planted border under the 100 year old apple tree shows just what can be achieved in full & dappled shade. David's unique and innovative water features, as well the myriad of quirky mythical ornamentals, are a great talking point!

Take a seat amongst the vibrant patio planting, in the adjacent sun room, or in mellow seclusion under the apple tree, soothed by the ripples of the bubble fountain. Hide away in the cool shade of the summer house, and discover the exotic roof terrace nestling amongst the surrounding tree canopy. London Gardens Society: Best Small Back Garden. Columnist for Garden News 'Over The Fence'. As seen on BBC1 'The One Show.' and ITV 'Love Your Garden'. Thompson & Morgan plant triallists & bloggers. London Gardens' Society: Best Small Back Garden 2016

Locally propagated perennials ideal for London clay soils. Ever popular raffle, children's treasure hunt. Home-made teas incl new recipes and old favourites.

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New For 2018 19 Coolhurst Road, Hornsey, London, N8 8EP
Jane Muirhead
Sunday 20 May (2:00-6:00pm).
Admission £4.00 for NGS
Children free.
Home-made teas.
Plants for sale
Directions Tube to Archway then W5 Bus to junction of Shepherds Hill and Coolhurst Road (hail & ride section)
Tube to Highgate onto Priory Gardens, Left on Shepherd's Hill, Right on Stanhope Road, Left on Hurst Ave, Right on Coolhurst Road (15mins)
Evolving, organic and wildlife garden with dappled sunlight, bees, birds and butterflies. Informal woodland planting under magnificent deciduous trees with interesting shrubs, box shapes and perennials. Small vegetable patch & wild flower garden where knapweed, campion, honesty, wild carrot & sweet rocket have naturalised. Large lawn with seating. (Some steps and uneven surfaces).

I moved to this large tree-adorned garden over 25 years ago. The lawn was once a tennis court. There were many conifers adding to the shade, and a rose garden planted over an old bomb shelter stood at the end of the garden. However, with young children and a job, not a lot of changes were made until I retired. Now with the help of Sally, my friend and gardener (along with many visits to the Beth Chatto gardens, the influence of my mother, and writings by Dan Pearson), I have risen to the challenge of change. I've crafted paths through the beds, have learned much about shade planting and organic gardening, and I've created a wild flower garden where the rose garden once was. Every year it surprises me as different flowers dominate. It's a haven for wildlife.

As I plant more and more, the lawn may be getting smaller but there are still many relaxing places to sit and enjoy a cup of homemade tea.

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New For 2018 18 Dorchester Gardens, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, NW11 6BN
Sarah Oxby
Sunday 1 July (2:00-6:00pm).
Admission £4.00 for NGS
Children free.
Home-made teas.
Directions Golders Green tube, then 102 bus for 18 min to Beaufort Drive, then 3 min walk to garden.
Contemporary town garden, created by the garden designer owner. The strong geometry of the garden layout is complemented by soft planting. Beds and borders brim with hydrangea, lavender and an abundance of perennials in shades of blue, purple and white. Olive and bay trees give structure to the sunny borders while tree ferns and shady plantings give interest in the darker corners of the garden.

Newly created by garden designer and owner, Sarah Oxby and open for the first time in 2018. The garden is designed in a contemporary style, using strong geometry in the layout. Pale grey granite paving and iroko wood decking create a backdrop for soft, abundant plantings. Lines of olive and bay trees give year round structure to the garden, as does the topiary which is dotted through the planting scheme.

The sunny borders brim with perennials such as salvia, geranium, verbena and viola in shades of blue, purple and white. Nestling among these is a burbling water feature. Bold plantings of Hydrangea 'Annabelle' line the back of the borders, while clumps of lavender attract bees at the front. The shadier areas of the garden are home to tree ferns and shady ground cover which brings light to the borders.

We welcome you to our garden and hope that you enjoy your visit.

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2 Dorset Road, Alexandra Palace, London, N22 7SL
Jane Stevens
Sunday 1 July (2:00-5:30pm).
Group Admission £4.50 for NGS
Children free.
Home-made teas at 2 Dorset Rd.
Plants for sale
Note: Applies to the entire Group
Directions Tube: Wood Green, 10 mins walk. Overground: Alexandra Palace, 3 mins. Buses W3, 184. 3 mins. Free parking in local streets on Suns.
Additional Notes Visitors welcome by arrangement July & August for groups 4+. Please enquire about price when booking.
E-Mail  janestevens_london@yahoo.co.uk
The tranquil country-style garden is on 3 sides of the historical original Railway Workers Cottage and is full of interest. Topiary and clipped box hedges contrast with climbing roses, clematis, jasmine, honeysuckle and abutilon. Trees incl mulberry, quince, fig, apple and a mature willow. There is an emphasis on scented flowers and the traditional medicinal plants found in cottage gardens.

There is a variety of planting. A gravel garden, woodland areas, and a large selection of plants in containers. A wealth of ideas to copy and some warnings of what not to do!

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4 Dorset Road, Alexandra Palace, London, N22 7SL
Mark Longworth
Sunday 1 July (2:00-5:30pm).
Group Admission £4.50 for NGS
Children free.
Home-made teas at 2 Dorset Rd.
Plants for sale
Note: Applies to the entire Group
Directions Tube: Wood Green, 10 mins walk. Overground: Alexandra Palace, 3 mins. Buses W3, 184. 3 mins. Free parking in local streets on Suns.
Pretty secluded woodland garden, accessed through the rear of No. 2, sets off sculptor owner's figurative and abstract work among acers, sambucus nigra, species shrubs and old fruit trees. Within the pretty surroundings sits the owner's working studio.
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14 Dorset Road, Alexandra Palace, London, N22 7SL
Cathy Brogan
Sunday 1 July (2:00-5:30pm).
Group Admission £4.50 for NGS
Children free.
Home-made teas at 2 Dorset Rd.
Plants for sale
Note: Applies to the entire Group
Directions Tube: Wood Green, 10 mins walk. Overground: Alexandra Palace, 3 mins. Buses W3, 184. 3 mins. Free parking in local streets on Suns.
An informal, organic, bee friendly garden, densely planted with fragrant and useful herbs, flowers and shrubs.
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22 Dorset Road, Alexandra Park Road, N10 2DE
Mike & Noreen Ainger
Sunday 1 July (2:00-5:30pm).
Group Admission £4.50 for NGS
Children free.
Home-made teas at 2 Dorset Rd.
Plants for sale
Note: Applies to the entire Group
Directions Tube: Wood Green, 10 mins walk. Overground: Alexandra Palace, 3 mins. Buses W3, 184. 3 mins. Free parking in local streets on Suns.
Nurtured by the grandson of the original railway-worker occupant, a small but interesting front garden incl fuchsia, hollyhocks, lavatera, kiwi fruit, trumpet vine, climbing geranium, lilac, lavendar, various grasses, bamboo, roses and wildlife friendly boarder. Old photos and ephemera available to view.
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24a Dorset Road, Alexandra Palace, London, N22 7SL
Eddie & Jane Wessman
Sunday 1 July (2:00-5:30pm).
Group Admission £4.50 for NGS
Children free.
Home-made teas at 2 Dorset Rd.
Plants for sale
Note: Applies to the entire Group
Directions Tube: Wood Green, 10 mins walk. Overground: Alexandra Palace, 3 mins. Buses W3, 184. 3 mins. Free parking in local streets on Suns.
Additional Notes Front garden only.
Front garden of newly built end of terrace cottage on site of demolished garage. 2 large raised beds planted with a variety of vegetables and herbs, bordered by a cherry tree, grapevines and a new copper beech hedge.
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55 Dukes Avenue, Muswell Hill, N10 2PY
Jo de Banzie & Duncan Lampard
Sunday 20 May (2:00-6:00pm).
Admission £3.50 for NGS
Children free.
Directions Short walk from Muswell Hill Roundabout.
Tube: Highgate,then bus 43, 134 to Muswell Hill Broadway,
Bounds Green or East Finchley then bus 102, 234 or 299 to Muswell Hill Broadway.
Limited Street Parking.
Additional Notes Unfortunately not suitable for wheelchair access due to steps.
A photographer's small town garden uses curves and spheres to add shape and interest to a pretty, shady space. Gravel, paving, decking and a planting platform in an old apple tree create structure, whilst black bamboo, ferns and box provide the backdrop for a gentle palette of white and purple planting.
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New For 2018 12 Fairfield Road, Hornsey, London, N8 9HG
Christine Lane
Sunday 20 May (2:00-5:30pm).
Admission £3.50 for NGS
Children free.
Plants for sale
Directions Tube: Finsbury Park and then W3 (Weston Park stop) or W7 (Crouch End Broadway) alternatively Archway and then 41 bus (Crouch End Broadway) it's then a short walk.
This peaceful, secluded garden backs onto the Picturehouse cinema. Created on two levels and with year-round interest, it is packed with a variety of trees, shrubs and flowers, as well as succulents, palms and bamboos. A woodland garden with sculptures, a cobbled Zen garden and a raised pond - made by a Vietnamese family - create different atmospheres while seating provides places to contemplate.

When I moved to the ground floor flat of this Victorian house some 9 years ago, the neglected garden was in need of a major overhaul. I was lucky enough to meet a final year student from Capel Manor Horticultural College who wanted the experience of designing and building his first garden. Since then it has changed many times to reflect my growing interest in gardening. The planting is soft and wide-ranging with differing heights, textures and colours. Sculptures and statues add drama. The raised pond is one of the focal points and was bought from a not-for-profit company who support small businesses in Africa and Asia. The garden has become an important part of my life following my Parkinson's diagnosis. It allows me to continue to be creative whilst working at a pace I can manage and also provides a tranquil harbour in stormy times!

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Golf Course Allotments, Winton Avenue, London, N11 2AR
GCAA/Haringey
Sunday 2 September (1:00-4:30pm).
Admission £4.00 for NGS
Children free.
Home-made teas and light lunches.
Plants for sale
Directions Junction of Winton Av & Blake Rd.
Tube: Bounds Green approx lkm.
Buses: 102, 184, 299 to Sunshine Garden Centre, Durnsford Rd. Then Bidwell Gardens (on foot through park) to Winton Winton Avenue. Gate opposite junction with Blake Rd.
Limited Street Parking.
Additional Notes Wheelchair access to main paths only. Gravel and some uneven surfaces. WC incl. disabled.
Large, long established allotment with over 200 plots, some organic. Maintained by culturally diverse community growing wide variety of fruit, vegetables and flowers. Picturesque corners and quirky sheds - a visit feels like being in the countryside.

The Autumn Flower and Produce Show on the same day and features prize winning horticultural and domestic exhibits and beehives. Tours of best plots. Fresh allotment produce, chutneys, jams, honey, cakes and light refreshments for sale.

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7 The Grove, Highgate, N6 6JU
Mr Thomas Lyttelton
Sunday 18 February (11:00am-3:00pm).
Admission £5.00 for NGS
(share to The Harington Scheme)
Children free.
Light refreshments.
Sunday 8 April (2:00-5:30pm).
Admission £5.00 for NGS
(share to The Harington Scheme)
Children free.
Home-made teas.
Sunday 10 June (2:00-6:00pm).
Admission £5.00 for NGS
(share to The Harington Scheme)
Children free.
Home-made teas.
Directions Tube: Archway then Buses 143, 210 or 271 to Highgate Village then walk up Highgate High Street turning left into Westhill Park, take the first right and 7 The Grove is on your right at the T-junction.
A half-acre London walled town garden behind a handsome Victorian house c.1830, splendidly designed by the owner for low maintenance, but with lots of interest. Tunnels arbour, screens abound, providing inspiration for busy garden-owners who would still like to have an interest outside the house. A series of nineteenth-century brick-built arches across the width of the garden separates it into two compartments. The area near the house is formal with a lawn, the area beyond screen much less so, with fine compartments and features. Secret paths and unexpected views make this a magical place for children. Much use is made of evergreens and there are some exquisite shrubs, including a row of camellias down one wall and a massive Hydrangea petiolaris with a trunk as thick as a boxer's biceps. There are many species and varieties of a particular genus - five varieties of box and even more of ivies, for example. The owner describes it as a gold, green, yellow and red garden. The canal feature was restructured and enhanced into a water garden in autumn 1996. With snowdrops in February and exceptional camellias and magnolia in the spring, the garden has been open for the NGS for 60 consecutive years!
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23 Imperial Road, Bounds Green, London, N22 8DE
Kate Gadsby
Sunday 30 September (12:00-4:00pm).
Admission £3.50 for NGS
Children free.
Home-made teas.
Plants for sale
Directions Off Bounds Green Rd between Bounds Green Tube & Wood Green Tube. 5 mins from Alexandra Palace mainline.
Tiny back garden overflowing with interesting and unusual plants where an inventive and inspiring approach to planting, has created a surprising number of perspectives. A late September opening to show how many varieties of aster can be fitted into a very small space. Semi covered deck allows enjoyment in sun and rain.

Into this small plot, 5 metres wide by 10.5 metres long, the owner, a garden photographer, has attempted to cram as many plants as possible into a typical London back garden, creating maximum visual impact. Self-seeding is tolerated, the small size of the garden making it easy to remove anything that doesn't work. Tall plants with small footprints are used to give height without bulk to create a multilayered, see-through effect. In late summer a tangle of climbers, vegetables, herbs, annuals and perennials, creates a sensational visual treat.

Although the whole garden can be seen at one glance from the house, it can also be enjoyed from the path that winds through it, allowing the discovery of new and unexpected perspectives

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New For 2018 46 Ollerton Road, New Southgate, London, N11 2LA
Mr & Mrs J Richardson
Sunday 15 July (2:00-5:30pm).
Admission £3.50 for NGS
Children free.
Home-made teas.
Sunday 22 July (2:00-5:30pm).
Admission £3.50 for NGS
Children free.
Home-made teas.
Directions Close to North Circular. Tube: Bounds Green then 10 mins walk direction, North Circular corner of Evesham Rd.
A paved garden that has been created from scratch in just 3 years. Its owner has created raised flower beds out of reclaimed wooden tracks and has managed to create an oasis of calm and tranquility by using Hollyhocks and other tall plants. A lovely pergola covered in vines makes for a shady spot to sit and enjoy the garden. Artist studio will be open showing the owners paintings.
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11 Park Avenue North, Crouch End, London, N8 7RU
Mr Steven Buckley & Ms Liz Roberts
Sunday 24 June (11:30am-6:00pm).
Admission £4.00 for NGS
Children free.
Home-made teas.
Directions Tube: Finsbury Park & Turnpike Lane, nearest bus stop W3, 144, W7.
An exotic 250ft T-shaped garden, threaded through what was once an Edwardian orchard. Dramatic, mainly spiky, foliage dominates, with the focus on palms, agaves, dasylirions, aeoniums, tree ferns, nolinas, cycads, bamboo, yuccas, cacti and several hundred types of succulent. Aloes are a highlight. Fruit trees include banana, peach and apricot. Rocks and terracotta pots lend a Mediterranean accent.

Vegetables, fruit and herbs are grown in oak raised beds and a modern glasshouse. Visitors often remark on seeing what are usually regarded as house plants flourishing outdoors, pushing the boundaries of hardiness.

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3 The Park, Highgate, N6 4EU
Mr & Mrs G Schrager
Sunday 20 May (2:30-5:30pm).
Admission £3.50 for NGS
Children free.
Home-made teas.
Plants for sale
Directions From Highgate Tube, walk up Southwood Lane. The Park is 1st on Right. Buses 43, 134, 143, 263 stop in Archway Road at Highgate Tube.
Additional Notes Visitors also welcome by arrangement April to June, small groups welcome. Admission £3.50, children free.
Fone No  +44 (0)20 8348 3314  E-Mail  buntyschrager@gmail.com
Established large garden with informal planting for colour, scent and bees. Pond with fish, frogs and tadpoles. Tree peonies, Crinodendron hookerianum and Paulownia. Plants, tea and home-made jam for sale. Children particularly welcome - a treasure hunt with prizes!
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17 Princes Avenue, Muswell Hill, London, N10 3LS
Patsy Bailey & John Rance
Sunday 13 May (2:00-6:00pm).
Group Admission £4.00 for NGS
Children free.
Home-made teas.
Note: Applies to the entire Group
Directions Buses: 43 & 134 from Highgate tube; also W7, 102, 144, 234, 299. Princes Ave opp M&S in Muswell Hill Broadway, or John Baird PH in Fortis Green.
Peaceful south facing garden for relaxing and entertaining, shaded by surrounding tall trees. Lots of climbers, including a grape vine and wisteria on the back of the house and a ginkgo tree. Mixed borders, shade loving plants and an impressive display of hostas and ferns.
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28 Princes Avenue, Muswell Hill, London, N10 3LR
Ian & Viv Roberts
Sunday 13 May (2:00-6:00pm).
Group Admission £4.00 for NGS
Children free.
Home-made teas.
Note: Applies to the entire Group
Directions Buses: 43 & 134 from Highgate tube; also W7, 102, 144, 234, 299. Princes Ave opp M&S in Muswell Hill Broadway, or John Baird PH in Fortis Green.
In a beautiful Edwardian avenue in the heart of Muswell Hill Conservation Area, a well-established traditional garden reflecting the charm typical of the era. Mature trees, shrubs, mixed borders, and a woodland area creating an oasis of calm just off the bustling Broadway.
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Princes Avenue Gardens, Muswell Hill, N10 3LS
Group Opening
The gardens in the group are:
Sunday 13 May (2:00-6:00pm).
Group Admission £4.00 for NGS
Children free.
Home-made teas.
Note: Applies to the entire Group
Directions Buses: 43 & 134 from Highgate tube; also W7, 102, 144, 234, 299. Princes Ave opp M&S in Muswell Hill Broadway, or John Baird PH in Fortis Green.
In a beautiful Edwardian avenue in the heart of Muswell Hill Conservation Area, two very different gardens reflect the diverse life styles of their owners. The charming garden at No 17 is designed for relaxing and entertaining . Although south facing it is shaded by large surrounding trees - among which is a ginko. The garden features a superb hosta and fern display. No 28 is a well established traditional garden reflecting the charm typical of the era. Mature trees, shrubs, mixed borders and woodland garden creating an oasis of calm just off the bustling Broadway.
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Railway Cottages, Dorset Road, Alexandra Palace, London, N22 7SL
Group Opening
The gardens in the group are:
Sunday 1 July (2:00-5:30pm).
Group Admission £4.50 for NGS
Children free.
Home-made teas at 2 Dorset Rd.
Plants for sale
Note: Applies to the entire Group
Directions Tube: Wood Green, 10 mins walk. Overground: Alexandra Palace, 3 mins. Buses W3, 184. 3 mins. Free parking in local streets on Suns.
A row of historical railway cottages, tucked away from the bustle of Wood Green nr Alexandra Palace, takes the visitor back in time.The tranquil country style garden at 2 Dorset Rd flanks three sides of the house. Hawthorne topiary by the original owner and clipped hedges contrast with climbing roses, clematis, honeysuckle, abutilon, grasses and ferns. Trees include mulberry, quince, fig, apple and a mature willow creating an interesting shady corner with a pond. There is an emphasis on scented flowers that attract bees and butterflies and the traditional medicinal plants found in cottage gardens. No 4 is a pretty secluded woodland garden (accessed through the rear of no 2), and sets off the sculptor owners figurative and abstract work. There are three front gardens open for view. No 14. An informal, organic, bee friendly garden, planted with fragrant and useful herbs, flowers and shrubs. No 22 is nurtured by the grandson of the original railway worker occupant. A lovely place to sit and relax and enjoy the varied planting. No.24a reverts to the potager style cottage garden with raised beds overflowing with vegetables and flowers.
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New For 2018 26 Ringwood Avenue, Fortis Green, N2 9NS
Ms J Rickards
Sunday 20 May (2:00-5:30pm).
Admission £4.00 for NGS
Children free.
Home-made teas.
Plants for sale
Directions Nearest Tube: East Finchley, 10-15 mins walk. Bus: 102, 234, 5-10 mins walk.
Garden Designer's own private contemporary garden open for 2018 only. Water features provide calm reflective surfaces while also reflecting the changes in ground level. Harmonious use of materials creating a fabulous indoor/outdoor transition. Relaxed meticulous shady woodland planting with backdrop of magnificent mature Oaks. Floriferous front garden.

Registered Member of the Society of Garden Designer's meticulously planned rear garden addressing the change from contemporary near the house to relaxed woodland at the end of the garden. Straight lines by the house lead to a diagonal staircase and into meandering curvaceous lines that take you gently to the end of the garden. Repeated use of materials and colours (light porcelain tiles, hardwood decking, powder coated aluminium and deep blue bricks) lend a harmonious indoor/outdoor transition. The water features provide a relaxed feel to the contemporary patio, with special interest of water flowing over glass from an upper to lower pool. Level changes are creatively addressed via steps, retaining walls and raised beds. Planting is relaxed shady and woodland under a gorgeous mature Oak, using a subdued colour palette. Year round interest from strong structure such as trees and shrubs, which is then loosened with perennials, grasses, ferns and bulbs.

Visitors will be interested in the transition from the floriferous front garden planted with, iris, peonies , alliums to create a stunning display softened by camomile suited to the very different soil conditions.
An adventure in design and horticulture .

Designer's work has featured in Homes & Gardens, The English Garden, The Times Magazine, Gardener's World Magazine, Evening Standard, SGD Magazine, ProLandscaper. BALI Award Winner 2010,.

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Southwood Lodge, 33 Kingsley Place, Highgate, N6 5EA
Mr & Mrs C Whittington
Sunday 13 May (2:00-5:30pm).
Admission £4.00 for NGS
Children free.
Home-made teas.
Plants for sale
Directions Tube: Highgate. Buses: 43, 134, 236 then 5 min walk up Southwood Lane or Buses: 143, 210, 214, 271 to Highgate Village then a 4 min walk Southwood Lane.
Additional Notes Visitors also welcome by arrangement April to July, lunches (for 10+) or teas (any number) by arrangement. Admission £5.00, children free.
Fone No  +44 (0)20 8348 2785  E-Mail  suewhittington@hotmail.co.uk
Densely planted garden hidden behind C18 house (not open). Unusual plants preferred, many propagated for sale. Ponds, waterfall, frogs, toads, newts. Many topiary shapes formed from self sown yew trees. Sculpture carved from three trunks of a massive conifer which became unstable in a storm. Hard working greenhouse! Only one open day this year so visits by appointment especially welcome. Featured in First Ladies of Gardening by Heidi Howcroft and Marianne Majerus.

Toffee hunt for children. Secret Life Sax Quartet will perform in the garden from 2.30pm.

Southwood Lodge was built in the late 18th century and the garden was many acres larger than it is now. It has been a private house, a school and from 1920 to 1963 a 'House of Rest and Recreation for Women and Girls'

In 1963 the land was purchased for development and the award-winning Kingsley Place houses were built. Southwood Lodge and a squared off plot of land surrounding it, approximately a third of an acre in all, were sold to an architect Malcolm Andrews who converted it back into a private house for himself and his family. After completing the house he built the garage and adjoining dwelling which together form the wall on the right-hand side of the terrace. He also laid out the formal terrace using York stone paving surrounding two large rectangular beds, and the steps leading away from it on two sides. He planted the beech hedge which is an excellent design feature as it gives a feeling of enclosure to an otherwise windy and exposed site.

The land falls away steeply, and to the east there is a dramatic view towards Epping Forest, sadly no famous landmarks visible. It is, however, at 400 feet, the highest point between here and the Urals.

In 1963 the rest of the garden was totally overgrown and derelict. Italianate gardens, water gardens and a tennis court were camouflaged by brambles and nettles. As late as 1959 a hermit was said to live in a shed in the garden, but a story in the Ham and High suggests that this was a lady of the road taking up temporary residence. Large conifers still remain from this time. A major storm on the night of 14th February 2014 rocked the grandest of these causing wide fissures in the ground around its base, and leaving the tree leaning at an uncomfortable angle. No longer safe, it sadly had to be felled to a height of about four metres. These three tall trunks have been carved by sculptor Ed Elliott into a dramatic sculpture titled The Splash.

The three linked ponds date, we think, from the early 20th century and are built from Westmoreland stone. It is thought that they were originally spring fed as there are many springs in the area, but now the waterfall is pumped electrically.

We moved here in 1978 and the garden at that time was the same lay-out as today, although we had to replace the winding grass paths through the centre of the garden with granite setts. The terrace was more formal with three rows of roses, red, white and pink, in each large bed. A spectacular rose, Mme. Gregoire Staechelin, covered the south side of the house but this died in the 90's probably from honey fungus which has also claimed other victims.

We inherited a large aluminium greenhouse which had been built on the footprint of an earlier Victorian/Edwardian one. By 2012 this was a leaky eyesore and, again on the same footprint, was replaced by a magnificent new white one. Old photos show the original Victorian one looking identical to the new one. Maybe it too stored all the roof water in tanks under the staging, but it certainly would not have had an electric pump or automatically opening windows.

Unusual plants are of special interest to us but only if they perform well. A self-sown dahlia seedling was found in the garden in 2014 and proved to be an exceptional plant with very dark foliage and a strikingly vivid cerise flower. Only two dahlias were growing in the garden, D. 'Bishop of Auckland' and D. 'Dark Desire', and these must therefore have been the parents of this chance seedling. It has now been registered with the Royal Horticultural Society as Dahlia 'Bishop's Desire'. Plants will be available for sale on the open day.

We have been opening the garden for the NGS every year since 1989.

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5 St Regis Close, Alexandra Park Road, Muswell Hill, London, N10 2DE
Susan Bennett & Earl Hyde
Sunday 29 April (2:00-6:30pm).
Admission £4.00 for NGS
Children free.
Home-made teas.
Plants for sale
Sunday 17 June (2:00-6:30pm).
Admission £4.00 for NGS
Children free.
Home-made teas.
Plants for sale
Sunday 22 July (2:00-6:30pm).
Admission £4.00 for NGS
Children free.
Home-made teas.
Plants for sale
Sunday 29 July (2:00-6:30pm).
Admission £4.00 for Supporting Humanitarian Aid in Burma ( KSDP)
Children free.
Home-made teas.
Plants for sale
Directions 2nd Left in Alexandra Park Rd from Colney Hatch Lane.
Tube: Bounds Green or East Finchley then bus 102 or 299.
Alight at St Andrew's Church at Windermere Rd.
Bus: 43 or 134 to Alexandra Park Rd.
Wheelchair access. Street Parking but not in St Regis Close.
Additional Notes Wheelchair access to all parts of garden unless waterlogged.
Visitors also welcome by arrangement April to October for groups 10+. Home-made teas/light refreshments. Please enquire about price when booking. Home-made teas.
Fone No  +44 (0)20 8883 8540
A cornucopia of sensual delights. Artist's garden famous for architectural features and delicious cakes. New Oriental Tea House. Baroque temple, pagodas, Raku tiled mirrored wall conceals plant nursery. American Gothic shed overlooks Liberace Terrace and stairway to heaven. Maureen Lipman's favourite garden, combines colour, humour, trompe l'oeil with wildlife friendly ponds, waterfalls, weeping willow, lawns, abundant planting. A unique experience awaits!

Open studio with ceramics and prints. Mega plant sale.

Featured on 'All Gardens Great and Small ' More 4 .2017. Presented by Dee Hart Dyke who learned to throw pots for her daughter Miranda Hart in our pottery studio ,and helped Earl finish a ceramic head to adorn her garden wall.

Chosen by Alan Titchmarsh as one of HIS, favourites for ITV Britain's Best Back Gardens 2015. Maureen Lipman's favourite garden, described by Harpers & Queen as among the most inspirational in England, is an evolving creation of its artist owners. Reclaimed from bits of adjoining waste ground purchased over twenty years, the garden reveals its secrets in a series of visual surprises, 'LIBERACE TERRACE' 2013, complete with candelabra and fancy ironwork. Colourful pagodas overlook carp ponds and waterfalls Earl has recently constructed an 'ORIENTAL TEA HOUSE with spectacular views over the garden and carp pond.

A blue marbled columned temple with 22ct gold lustred ceramic capitols designed and constructed by Earl Hyde nestles behind a weeping willow. Huge hostas spring out of antique chimney pots, and unusual containers overflow with imaginative plant combinations. Humour and colour abound! Earl's American Gothic 'Bates Motel' garden shed, inspired the 'medieval' wall set with a stained glass window salvaged from the porch of the local Methodist Church demolished over 25 years ago. It encloses Susan's compost heap. Perfect recycling! Behind the working studio, reclaimed from tarmac, lies the oriental area. Turquoise Raku-tiled mirrored walls topped with red trellis conceal the plant nursery with its large 'red' greenhouse. Our plant sale is VERY popular. Plants raised here do well in local London clay conditions. Susan is also a bit of a plantaholic! A trompe l'oeil mirrored archway leads the imagination towards unexplored spaces. Many remark on the peaceful atmosphere, and how the visit refreshes their spirits. Our garden at 5 St. Regis Close Muswell Hill N10 has featured twice on 'BBC Gardeners' World' The most recent: 'Me and My Garden'...explored Earl's Gothic Bates Motel Shed....they were doing a regular spot on 'SHEDS'...and ours is rather unique.. Earl's Domain !

Our recently acquired statue of the Chinese Storm God mounted on his steed was supposed to keep storms at bay . He failed miserably. and had to take refuge in our conservatory! We are now looking for a statue of The Sun God! Happily, 'LIBERACE TERRACE' makes us laugh whatever the weather!, despite Earl's busts of Beethoven scowling form the walls

While filming ITV 'Britain's Best Gardens' , Alan Titchmarsh helped Earl with Beethoven's hair . . Do come and see the result. . .He usually had a 'Bad Hair Day ' . NOT ALAN ! Our ceramics studio will be open for visitors to browse.

2015 saw the setting up of our 'Stairway to the Stars' . . . not as originally planned to replace a dead apple tree supporting a magnificent clematis. .but as a leap of faith alongside the studio. 2016 ..we acquired a horse to replace the apple tree that fell in a storm happily not on a visitor.

2016 saw the destruction of a boring shrubby area to make way for an Oriental Tea House made of all sorts of recycled materials. As soon as we sat inside it gave us a sense of stillness and peace. It has the BEST views of the garden.

Magpies have nested in a tree above it - supposed to bring 'good fortune' ..but they can be very noisy when they squabble. Parakeets sometimes join in!

Our garden is featured in 'Great Gardens of London' Pub Francis Lincoln. ...lovely photos by Marianne Majerus taken BEFORE the stairway to Heaven and Tea House were constructed.
Also featured 'The London Garden A-Z Pub Metro Lovely photos too by Susi Koch and an article by Matthew Biggs (GQT) in the RHS Magazine 'The Garden ' November 2017 Photos by Nicola Stocken.

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New For 2018 24 Twyford Avenue, Fortis Green, London, N2 9NJ
Rachel Lindsay and Jeremy Pratt
Sunday 15 July (2:00-6:00pm).
Admission £4.00 for NGS
Children free.
Home-made teas.
Plants for sale
Directions Twyford Avenue runs parallel to Fortis Green, between East Finchley and Muswell Hill. Tube: Northern line to East Finchley. Bus 102 stops at end of road. Buses 102, 143, 234 and 263 to East Finchley. Buses 43, 143, 144, 234 to Muswell Hill. Garden signposted from Fortis Green.
A very sunny, 120 foot south-facing garden, planted for colour. Brick-edged borders and over-flowing containers packed with masses of traditional herbaceous and perennial cottage garden plants and shrubs. Shady area at the bottom evolving as much by happy accident as by design. Uneven ground in places. Water feature Greenhouse bursting with cuttings. Lots of places to sit and think, chat or doze.
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21 Woodland Rise, Muswell Hill, London, N10 3UP
Jill Pack & Ian Potts
Sunday 17 June (2:00-5:30pm).
Admission £3.00 for NGS
Children free.
Home-made teas.
Plants for sale
Directions Close to Highgate Wood. Tube: Highgate,10-15 mins walk. Bus 43 or 134 to Cranley Gardens stop. Off Muswell Hill Rd.
A verdant N facing terraced garden that has been transformed by the owners from a rather ordinary space into one that is tranquil and inspiring. Hard landscaping, incl a small pond, is softened with naturalistic planting and many unusual varieties of trees, shrubs and perennials including ferns and some beautiful small trees such as Indigofera, Malus transitoria and Cornus 'Gloria Birkett'.

The garden was landscaped and completely replanted over the last 12 years; all the work was designed by the current owners. Much of the heavy lifting and hard landscaping was also undertaken by them, 9 huge Leylandii trees were removed and re-planted with 20 Betula utilis jacquemontii saplings. The garden is terraced on two levels. The upper level has unusual varieties of trees, shrubs and perennials. The lawn was removed in 2016 and both levels of the garden are now paved with travertine. Naturalistic planting complements the hard landscaping. Now mature the trees on the lower level have created the feeling of a woodland space with a small pond and in the summer the lower level is completely secluded. There is also a working greenhouse. The transformation of the whole garden has been dramatic and is an inspiration to those who are thinking of making changes to a fairly modest space.

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10 Woodside Avenue, Muswell Hill, London, N6 4SS
Sheila & Anthony Rabin
Sunday 5 August (2:00-6:00pm).
Admission £3.50 for NGS
Children free.
Home-made teas.
Directions Tube: East Finchley then 143, 234 or 263 bus to Woodside Avenue
An attractive densely planted suburban garden created from scratch 3 years ago. Large herbaceous perennial borders give colour from April to October. A good contrast with shade loving area and terraced patio with alpine planting.
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33 Wood Vale, Muswell Hill, N10 3DJ
Mona Abboud
Sunday 20 May (1:30-6:00pm).
Admission £3.50 for NGS
Children free.
Light refreshments.
Directions Muswell Hill 1 mile. A1 to Woodman Pub; signed Muswell Hill. From Highgate tube, take Muswell Hill Rd, sharp Right into Wood Lane leading to Wood Vale.
Additional Notes Visitors also welcome by arrangement May to August, visits by appointment particularly welcome. Admission £4.00, children free. Light refreshments.
Fone No  +44 (0)20 8883 4955  E-Mail  monaabboud@hotmail.com
This 100m-long unique and award winning garden is home to the Corokia National Collection along with a great number of other unusual Australasian, Mediterranean and exotic plants complemented by perennials and grasses which thrive thanks to 250 tons of topsoil, gravel and compost brought in by wheelbarrow. Emphasis is on structure, shapes, texture and contrasting foliage provided by the many evergreen shrubs,trees, grasses and bamboos.

The very long garden is entered via steep but safe steps, a good viewing place for the living Sedum roof which covers the greenhouse. After a first section where a centrepiece fountain and mature Mediterranean and Southern hemisphere shrubs and trees are framed by a box hedge, a meandering path leads to a wider more intimate space.

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