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Sun 8 June 1-6pm Choumert Sq open gardens

Sunday 8th June 1pm – 6pm.Choumert Square Gardens Open Day.
Open Gardens & Village Fete in one!
This is one of the best summer events in Peckham!
About 46 mini gardens with maxi-planting in a Shangri-la situation that the media has described as a ‘Floral Canyon’, which leads to small communal ‘secret garden’. Art, craft and home-made produce stalls and live music. Delicious refreshments. Winner Best Community Garden Southwark in Bloom. Featured in ‘The Guardian’. see further information at end of email
Adm £2.50, children 50p, concessions £1.50 (share to St Christopher’s Hospice)
Light refreshments, teas & wine
Choumert Square, SE15 4RE
Via wrought iron gates off Choumert Grove.
Peckham Rye mainline station is visible from the gates,
Buses galore (12, 36, 37, 63, 78, 171, 312, 345) less than 5 mins walk.
Free car park 2 mins
ALSO OPEN SUNDAY 8 June 2pm-5pm
5 Lyndhurst Square, SE15, off Lyndhurst Way
90ft x 50ft secret garden in the heart of London offering a mix of traditional and unusual herbaceous plants and shrubs. The design combines Italianate and Gothic themes and offers a secluded green vista
You can combine this with a visit to Choumert Sq.
Choumert Square, built in the latter half of the 19th Century, presents to the visitor not a Square but a laneway of 46 tiny cottages leading to a communal `walled’ garden. The gardens of this secret Southwark street are amongst the tiniest it’s possible to tend! They’ve evolved over some twenty years, triggered initially by a few neighbours’ gardening passions that infected the enthusiasm of others. Today the Square gardens uniquely demonstrate how gardening unites a community.
The street is `divided’ into a sunny and shady side, and the gardens’ eco-climate (and planting) reflect this. Key features are the variety of roses growing in the Square, the mix of trees (including birch, willow, eucalyptus, acer and a dramatic robinia), and a colourful array of perennial border plants and annuals, many home-grown. The garden has been featured on BBC TV (Gardeners’ World) and on Channel 4, in numerous magazines and national press articles (including BBC Good Homes, Period Living, London Evening Standard, The Sunday Times and The Guardian). Winner of numerous prizes, in 2007 it was awarded a first prize for Best Community Garden, Southwark in Bloom.
We were extremely excited in November 2007 when, unknown to us, our Square was nominated for a Conservation Foundation Green Award…. and won one of the special 25 `Blooming Fantastic’ Awards which were made to those areas that had brought a Green awareness to corners of London.
The Open Day is primarily about gardens and sharing with others our residents’ love of this little corner of the inner city; but it is also renowned for its demonstrable community spirit. Visitors will find themselves invited to sit and partake of a wide variety of refreshments in between purchasing delicious home-baked cakes, artwork, crafts, plants, books and photo mementoes of their visit.


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