Every year The National Gardens Scheme across England and Wales welcome over half a million visitors. Most of the 3,500 gardens that participate are privately owned and open just a few times each year but some open as part of a group which gets the whole community involved. The cause is always charity.
If you live in or around Greenwich, here are the gardens that will be open tomorrow, Friday June 15:
12 Eliot Vale, Blackheath, SE3 0UW: Designed for disabled with slopes and space for wheelchairs; high-level pond; shaped beds with a variety of plants including roses, bamboo, succulents and miniature box hedging. Contemporary sculpture. Surprising L-shaped garden combining open visibility with a few 'hidden' discoveries. Adm £3.50, Evening Opening £3.50 (share to Ataxia Telangiectasia Society), wine, (6pm-9pm). Note that no dogs are allowed.
The Pagoda Gardens SE3 0UZ: Historic garden surrounding historic house, Jekyll-Jungle. Variety of gardens - terraced formal with 60ft rill; informal water garden with stream; lush subtropical planting; white garden, Oriental-inspired pergola and details. Adm £3.50 (share to Cystic Fibrosis) Evening Opening £3.50 (share to Cystic Fibrosis), wine, (6pm-9pm).
28 Granville Park, SE13 7EA: Garden designer's family garden in three sections. Pool garden, mixed herbaceous and shrub planting with bulbs around circular lawns, gravel garden and sunken terrace with pots. 100ft x 35ft. Adm £3.50 Evening Opening £3.50 (share to Cystic Fibrosis), wine, (6pm-9pm).