‘London Gardens 2010’ in Walthamstow (part 1)

In Events on June 29, 2010 at 9:34 am

So this weekend was the London Gardens event run by the National Gardens Scheme. The event means lots of privately owned gardens across London open to the public for a small fee which all goes to charity.

So avoiding the Sunday World Cup match my partner, her mother and I headed over to the village. First stop was Brunswick Street where we viewed the work of famous urban gardener Martyn Cox. He has written books about any small urban garden can be a big success.

He’s certainly managed to make his 30ft x 15ft back garden a wonderful place. As well as a small patio there is a lovely shaded footpath down the middle bordered on one side by a railway sleeper wall. Down the end is a small green house and lots of pots mounted on some old wooden steps. There’s even a small, near hidden pond with a plastic duck. Everywhere there are a massive variety of plants, all very visually interesting.

We then had lovely tea and cake in their kitchen and I further admired Martyn’s work in the pot plants that densely inhabited every window sill!

Rock garden

A very pretty rock garden based in what seems to be an old sink.


The density of plants is very high. Maybe it's a metaphor for urban living? 🙂

Railway Sleeper wall

The wall to the flower bed made out of new railway sleepers (apparently recovered ones can have bitumen in them)

Pots on Steps

A clever use of some old steps leading 'over' the back wall. The shady space underneath is used for storage.


A little pond, hidden away. You can just see the little duckling on the right.


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